Laws of God and nature, social norms and customs: Leopoldina Annual Assembly is dedicated to rules and laws
While laws govern coexistence in society, they also manifest in social norms and customs, are unalterable as laws of nature, or categorical in a religious context. This broad spectrum of laws of God and nature, rules and regularities is at the heart of this year’s Annual Assembly of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, which will be held in Halle (Saale)/Germany on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 September and online.
Leopoldina Annual Assembly 2023
“Law(s) Rules of Reality – Rules for Reality”
Thursday 28 September and Friday 29 September 2023
Leopoldina Main Building
Jägerberg 1, 06108 Halle (Saale)/Germany and online
Dr Reiner Haseloff, Minister President of Saxony-Anhalt, and Professor Dr Sabine Döring, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, will give welcome speeches to open the assembly on Thursday. In the opening panel, Leopoldina Member Professor Dr Lorraine Daston, science historian, and philosopher Professor Dr Michael Hampe will discuss laws of nature. The evening presentation will be given by musicologist Professor Dr Hans-Joachim Hinrichsen on “The exception as the rule. Beethoven and the legalities of musical freedom.”
During the opening of the assembly, the Cothenius Medal 2023 will be awarded to Leopoldina Member Professor Dr Jürgen Troe for his lifetime of scientific achievement. The physician made a significant contribution to understanding the molecular foundation of reaction processes with his analysis of chemical reactions and description of large reaction systems such as combustion processes and reactions in the atmosphere.
On Friday, the Annual Assembly’s four specialist sessions will look at various aspects of rules and regularities in the natural, human and social sciences. Speakers include Leopoldina Member Professor Dr Magnus Striet, a fundamental theologian exploring various religious laws, and the mathematician Professor Dr Hélène Esnault who will talk about the concept of “right” and “wrong” in mathematics. The interaction of laws and conventions in everyday life are the focus of the speech by Professor Dr Ursula Rao, ethnologist. In her presentation “Observations on legal gender order”, the legal scholar Professor Dr Anna Katharina Mangold looks at the connection between nature and the law.
The scientific coordination of the Annual Assembly 2023 has been taken over by the Romance scholar Professor Dr Andreas Kablitz, Senator of the Section Cultural Sciences, the physicist Professor Dr Konrad Samwer, and the legal scholar and former President of the German Federal Constitutional Court Professor Dr Andreas Voßkuhle.
The event is open to all interested parties and is free. The link for mandatory registration by 5 September and the programme can be found here: https://www.leopoldina.org/en/events/event/event/3035/.
The event will also be broadcast live via the Leopoldina YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/NationaleAkademiederWissenschaftenLeopoldina.
If you would like to attend as a journalist, please register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will happily grant you interviews with the speakers.
About the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina:
As the German National Academy of Sciences, the Leopoldina provides independent science-based policy advice on matters relevant to society. To this end, the Academy develops interdisciplinary statements based on scientific findings. In these publications, options for action are outlined; making decisions, however, is the responsibility of democratically legitimized politicians. The experts who prepare the statements work in a voluntary and unbiased manner. The Leopoldina represents the German scientific community in the international academy dialogue. This includes advising the annual summits of Heads of State and Government of the G7 and G20 countries. With around 1,700 members from more than 30 countries, the Leopoldina combines expertise from almost all research areas. Founded in 1652, it was appointed the National Academy of Sciences of Germany in 2008. The Leopoldina is committed to the common good.
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