International Delegates of the Union

All European Academies (ALLEA)

All European Academies (ALLEA)
Prof. Dr. med. Annette Grüters-Kieslich

Prof. Dr. med. Annette Grüters-Kieslich (Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and of the Leopoldina – National Academy of Sciences) is Professor of Paediatrics and is representing the Union at the All European Academies (ALLEA), the European affiliation of scientific academies.

ALLEA has been founded in 1994 and is situated at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy since 2012. It is promoting the cooperation between its member academies, is regularly editing opinions to current and important questions of science and science policy, the one of which have been elaborated in working groups operating beyond borders and disciplines. With its political work ALLEA is contributing to the improvement of the framework conditions for science and research in Europe.

In her position as delegate of the Union Prof. Dr. med. Grüters-Kieslich attends several meetings of the Executive Board of ALLEA and the General Assemblies of ALLEA and is regularly reporting to the Union about the contents and results of these meetings and assemblies.

International Amaldi Conference of Academies of Sciences and National Scientific Societies on Scientific Questions of Global Security (Amaldi-Konferenzen)

International Amaldi Conference of Academies of Sciences and National Scientific Societies on Scientific Questions of Global Security (Amaldi-Konferenzen)
Prof. Dr Götz Neuneck

Institute for Peace Studies and Security Politics
Beim Schlump 83
20144 Hamburg
Tel.: +49 (0)40 / 866 077-21
Fax: +49 (0)40 / 866 361-5 

Prof. Dr. Götz Neuneck (Associated Member of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg) is Deputy-Scientific Director of the Institute for Peace-Research and Security Politics at the University Hamburg (IFSH), Member of the Council of the “Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs” and Spokesman of the Working Group “Physics and Disarmament” of the German Physical Society (DPG). The current focus of his work lies on nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation, defence against missiles, new conventional armament technologies and armament in space.
Since 2008 Prof. Neuneck is delegate of the Union for the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities engaged in the Amaldi-Conferences, which is an international Forum of scientists, who are working on questions of armament control, nuclear disarmement, restriction of modern armament-technologies and other questions of international security. Out of altogether eighteen Amaldi-Conferences so far three have been organised in Germany (Heidelberg 1992, Mainz 1999 and Hamburg 2008). Prof. Neuneck is chairman of the Amaldi-Group, which is meeting every year.

InterAcademy Panel for Science

InterAcademy Panel for Science
Prof. Dr Alfred Pühler

Head of the Working Group "Research of Genomics of the Industrial Microorganisms"
Center for Biotechnology - CeBiTec
Universitätsstraße 25
33615 Bielefeld
Tel.: +49 (0)521 / 106-8750
Fax: +49 (0)521 / 106-89046

Prof. Dr. Alfred Pühler (Member of the North-Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts) is Head of the Working Group "Research of Genomics of the Industrial Microorganisms" at the Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec) of the University of Bielefeld and delegate of the Union for the InterAcademy Panel on International Issues (IAP), the one of which is the worldwide affiliation of academies of sciences.

Founded in 1993, IAP has the tasks to promote the cooperation of its member academies and to contribute with statements, elaborated in working groups and conferences, to the solution of global questions and problems of mankind. 

So far the Union has co-signed the following Statements:
“IAP-Statement on the Response to the Report of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the post-2015 development agenda” (September 2013)
“IAP-Statement on Responsible Conduct in the Global Research Enterprise” (September 2012)
“IAP-Statement on Population and Consumption” (June 2012)
“IAP-Statement on Tropical Forests and Climate Change” (December 2009)
“IAP-Statement on Ocean Acidification” (June 2009)
“IAP-Statement on the Teaching of Evolution” (June 2006)
“IAP-Statement on Biosecurity” (December 2005)
“IAP-Statement on Access to Scientific Information” (December 2003)
“IAP-Statement on Science and the Media” (December 2003)
“IAP-Statement on Science Education” (December 2003)
“IAP-Statement on Scientific Capacity Building” (December 2003)
“IAP-Statement on Mother and Child Health (December 2003)
“IAP-Statement on Transition to Sustainability” (May 2000)
“IAP-Statement on Urban Development” (1996)
“IAP-Statement on Population Growth” (1994)
At the IAP-General Assemblies and the Scientific Conference beforehand, which are scheduled regularly once a year, Prof. Pühler is representing the Union as delegate for IAP. Since 2013 he is also as member of the Standing Committee “Programmes and Strategic Planning” contributing to the choice of IAP-Projects, which shall be conducted in the following year.

InterAcademy Panel for Health

InterAcademy Panel für Health
Univ.-Prof. em. Dr Otmar Schober

Former Director of the Clinic for Nuclear Medicine
of the Westphalian Wilhelms-University Münster
Von-Esmarch-Straße 125
48149 Münster
Tel.: +49 (0)251/ 86 38 54
Fax: +49 (0)251/ 86 38 10 

IAMP, founded in 2000, is a worldwide network of about 70 Academies, which are covering the medical sciences, as well. They have the aim to contribute to the improvement of health care worldwide. Aims of IAMP are the

  • support of its member academies in giving a science based advice to politics and society in the fields of medicine and health care
  • foundation of new academies of sciences
  • starting of new projects
  • promotion of research and studies in its member-countries
  • edition of common statements to important questions

Prof. Dr. Otmar Schober (Member of the North-Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and the Arts), former Director of the Clinic for Nuclear Medicine at the Westphalian Wilhelms-University Münster, is since 2004 delegate of the Union for IAMP. Prof. Schober is representing the Union at the IAMP-General Assemblies, which are scheduled every two years, and is deciding after consultation with the President of the Union, which of the IAMP-Statements the Union will be co-signing.Until today there have been co-signed the following IAMP-Statements by the Union:

“Joint IAP/IAMP Statement: Antimicrobial Resistance: A Call for Action (November 2013)
“IAMP-Call for Action to Strengthen Health Research Capacity in Low and Middle Income Countries” (May 2013)
“IAMP-Statement on Water & Health” (November 2011)
"IAMP-Statement on the Health Co-Benefits of Policies to Tackle Climate Change” (November 2010)
“IAMP-Statement on the Health of Mothers and Children” (September 2010)
“IAMP-Statement on Launch of Disease Control Priorities Project” (April 2006)
“IAMP-Statement on Infectious Diseases - Controlling Infections in the 21st Century" (March 2002)

Furthermore, the Union is regularly proposing promising young scientific talents for a participation at the “IAMP-Young Physicians Leadership Programme“, which is being held as part of the world economic summit in Davos. Additionally, the Union is informing its member academies about all calls for proposals of IAMP and is posted, like many other members of IAMP, with a short mission statement on the IAMP-Homepage.

International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (IHRN)

International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (IHRN)
Prof. Dr Christian Tomuschat

Humboldt-University in Berlin
Institute for International and European Law
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 405 414 86
Fax: +49 (0)30 / 405 414 88 

Prof. Dr. Christian Tomuschat (Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences), Emeritus for International and European Law of the Humboldt-University in Berlin, is as former member of the Committee for Human Rights of the international Pact about Civil and Political Rights of the United Nations since 1998 delegate of the Union for human rights. In this office he is member of the IHRN, which is an affiliation of academies of sciences, the one of which has been founded in 1996 and which is dealing with human rights and similar questions and which is taking a stand for politically prosecuted scientists.

Prof. Dr. Tomuschat is directing several letters and petitions to the responsible governments, in order to intervene in favour of academics, if the circumstances are proving that these individuals are persecuted or imprisoned for political reasons. Even so, there is no concrete success record for these activities; there is evidence that the governments are open towards such requests of prestigious science organisations.

Union Académique Internationale (UAI)

Union Académique Internationale (UAI)
Prof. Dr Jens-Uwe Hartmann

Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Professorship for Indology
Ludwigstraße 31
80539 München
Tel.: +49 (0)89 / 2180 - 5384
Fax: +49 (0)89 / 2180 - 5827 (Office) 

Prof. Dr. Jens-Uwe Hartmann (Bavarian Academy of Sciences), Professor at the Institute for Indology and Tibetology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, represents the Union since 2007 as German delegate at the Union Académique Internationale (UAI), which is a worldwide affiliation of academies.

Founded in 1919 and situated in the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences, Lettres and the Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the UAI is patronizing projects of the humanities, which are located at its member academies, furthermore, it is planning to cover the social sciences in the future, as well.

On its General Assemblies, which are regularly (until now once a year) since 2013 every two years organized and at which Prof. Hartmann is representing the Union, the progress of the projects, patronized by the UAI, is being evaluated and decisions are made on the future initiation of new projects.

In 2013 for the first time since 1961 the General Assembly of the UAI took place in Germany (in the capital city of Rhineland-Palatinate on the premises of the Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz) on invitation of the Union of the Academies and its member academies.

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