Leibniz Society of Sciences in Berlin
History of origin
The Leibniz Society was established on April 15, 1993 as a non-profit, registered association.
The Leibniz Society bears its name in memory of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz as the initiator and first President of the Electoral Brandenburg Society of Sciences , which was founded in 1700 and who developed the learned society in close collaboration with Daniel Ernst Jablonski as Vice President (later President; namesake of a medal the Leibniz Society). The Academy of Sciences in Berlin emerged from this partnership and has been given various names. The best known are: Académie Royale des Sciences et Belles-Lettres (since 1746), Prussian Academy of Sciences (until 1945), German Academy of Sciences in Berlin (DAW, 1946–1972), then Academy of Sciences of the GDR (AdW, 1972 -1991).
With the Unification Treaty of 1990, the Academy of Sciences of the GDR was separated from the research institutes and other facilities as a learned society and dissolved in 1992. The research institutes and facilities existed until December 31, 1991 as institutions of the federal states, unless they had previously been dissolved or converted.
According to the unification agreement, the decision on how the learned society should be continued was to be made under national law. The Berlin Senate Department for Science and Research decided that the learned society of the Academy of Sciences of the GDR should not be regarded as the bearer of the tradition of the Berlin Academy, that a future Academy of Sciences in Berlin could not build on this institution and that a new constitution was inevitable. The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) was therefore constituted on March 28, 1993 . In accordance with the 1992 State Treaty on the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences , this academy takes over the assets and infrastructure (library, archive, custody) of the learned society of the former GDR Academy of Sciences and continues its long-term and edition projects.
At the time of German reunification, the GDR Academy of Sciences had around 400 members in its learned society. 122 former members of the AdW, who had not been accepted by the newly founded BBAW, founded the registered association Leibniz-Sozietät e. V. (since 2007 Leibniz Society of Sciences in Berlin e.V. ). Through the annual election of new members, their number has increased to over 300, which has also changed their structure. The association is financed through contributions as well as donations and contributions from its members. In its self-image it regards itself as a successor organization to the learned society of the Academy of Sciences of the GDR .
The Leibniz Society is a free association of natural and technical scientists, mathematicians, doctors, and humanities and social scientists. From their point of view, it is linked to the Brandenburg Society of Sciences through an uninterrupted election of its members and their scientific work over centuries . The society builds on independent research by its members, and it offers a forum for discussion and publicity. The members and guests especially cultivate the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary discourse as well as the discussion of current basic problems in science and society. With its work, the society strives to make an appropriate contribution to the spiritual life of our time.
The purpose of the Leibniz Society is to maintain and promote the sciences in the tradition of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and in the interest of the general public. To this end, the Leibniz Society holds its scientific events to present the scientific results of its members and guests, in particular for interdisciplinary discussions on a high scientific level. All scientific events of the Leibniz Society are generally public.
The elected members of the Leibniz Society also carry out joint research projects with friends and guests of the Society. In this context, graduation theses and other forms of results can be supervised, presented for scientific discussion and published.
The Leibniz Society selflessly promotes the general public in the intellectual field through its entire activity. It represents and defends science against all anti-science endeavors. The Leibniz Society reports publicly on its activities every year on the traditional “Leibniz Day”. The Leibniz-Sozietät also publishes two scientific series as well as an online journal and online communications.
The members of the Leibniz Society meet monthly for public meetings at which scientific lectures are given and discussed, and each year they organize the “Leibniz Day”, which is already in the statute of the Academy, just in time for GW Leibniz's birthday on July 1st of 1812 and which also serves for public accountability.
The Society's meetings take place as interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary events in the two classes “Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences”, which also includes Mathematics and Life Sciences / Medicine, as well as “Social Sciences and Humanities” and in the “Plenary”. In addition, scientific colloquia, conferences and other scientific events with international participation are held:
- 2005 "Academies in Times of Change" and the recognition of Albert Einstein's achievements
- 2007 Comenius honor and the honor of Leonhard Euler
- 2011 conference “50 years of manned space travel” and the conference “From nuclear stalemate to a world free of nuclear weapons - in memory of Klaus Fuchs ”.
- 2012 conference "Energy transition - development of productive forces and social contract" and the conference " Jean-Jacques Rousseau between Enlightenment and modernity" on the occasion of his 300th birthday
- 2013 Conference “Inclusion and Integration” and the conference “From Mineral to Noosphere ” on the occasion of the 150th birthday of Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadski
- 2014 Conference "The Balkans in World War I, Great Power Interests and Regional Conflicts" together with the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts
- 2015 Conference “Computer Science and Society” together with the Berlin University of Applied Sciences
- 2016 Honor of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of his death through several events.
In 10 working groups, the members, together with other specialist colleagues and young scientists, deal with central questions of science and society. The working groups are particularly active in the areas of: history of science and academies, pedagogy, social analysis and classes, geo, mining and environmental, space and astro sciences, principle of simplicity, research on the pre-March and 1848 revolution, tolerance, time and evolution, general Technology as well as emerging systems , information and society. The results achieved, together with their public discussion, also provide suggestions for future science strategies as well as for shaping politics and society.
To initiate and promote “interdisciplinary or interdisciplinary projects”, the Leibniz Society works with other scientific institutions in Germany - such as the Leibniz Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies LIFIS eV - and abroad, mostly on the basis of cooperation agreements.
The Leibniz-Sozietät has published its results since 1994 in the meeting reports of the Leibniz-Sozietät and since 1999 in the series of treatises of the Leibniz-Sozietät ; both are published by trafo Wissenschaftsverlag Dr. Wolfgang Weist, Berlin . The Leibniz Intern newsletter provides information on current topics .
The meeting reports, all Leibniz Online and Leibniz Intern numbers are available for download on the Leibniz Society's website . The volumes of the treatises are listed and some are provided with information on the authors and content. Meetings, colloquia and other events are announced and in some cases prepared through the publication of materials and full texts followed up.
1993 122 former members founded the Academy of Sciences of the GDR the Association Leibniz firm e. V. (since 2007 Leibniz Society of Sciences in Berlin e.V. ). In spring 2019 the number of members was 320, of which 51 were previously members of the GDR Academy. All other members have been elected since 1994 . The Leibniz Society accepts members from all countries.
- 1993–1998 Samuel Mitja Rapoport
- 1998–2006 Herbert Hörz , since 2009 Honorary President
- 2006–2012 Dieter B. Herrmann
- 2012–2019 Gerhard Banse , former president since 2019
- since 2019 Rainer E. Zimmermann .
Vice-presidents are Lutz-Günther Fleischer and Dorothee Röseberg . Secretaries are Heinz-Jürgen Rothe , Gerhard Pfaff and Kerstin Störl . The treasurer is Ulrich Busch , the head of the office is the chemist Klaus Buttker .
The Leibniz Society awards the following awards and prizes:
- Honorary member of the Leibniz Society
- Honorary certificate from the Leibniz Society
- Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Medal
- Daniel Ernst Jablonski Medal
- Samuel Mitja Rapoport Cooperation Prize.
The Leibniz-Sozietät is financed by membership fees , a foundation of the Friends of Leibniz-Sozietät e. V. as well as grants and donations . Since 2004 it has received state funding from the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research .
- Herbert Wöltge: The ineradicable? Comments and notes on the establishment of the Leibniz Society , reports from the meetings of the Leibniz Society of Sciences in Berlin, 118 (2014), 149–177 online, pdf
- http://leibnizsozietaet.de/ueber-uns/geschichte/ History of the Leibniz Society
- http://leibnizsozietaet.de/ueber-uns/statut/ Statut der Leibniz-Sozietät
- Gerhard Banse : Report of the President to the Leibniztag 2013. The Leibniz Society in its twentieth year of existence. Meeting reports of the Leibniz Society of Sciences, Volume 118, Volume 2014, pp. 9–31. Trafo Wissenschaftsverlag Dr. Wolfgang Weist, Berlin 2014, ISBN 978-3-89626-1 .
- Herbert Hörz : The difficult path of a traditional science academy into the 21st century - 20 years of Leibniz society. Meeting reports of the Leibniz Society of Sciences, Volume 118, Volume 2014, pp. 37–60. Trafo Wissenschaftsverlag Dr. Wolfgang Weist, Berlin 2014, ISBN 978-3-89626-1 .
- Gerhard Banse : Continuity and Change in the Leibniz Society of Sciences in Berlin. Report of the President to the Leibniztag 2014. Meeting reports Leibniz Society of Sciences, Volume 118, Volume 2014, pp. 7–32. Trafo Wissenschaftsverlag Dr. Wolfgang Weist, Berlin 2014, ISBN 978-3-86464-091-9 .
- Klaus Fuchs-Kittowski and Günter Flach (eds.): From atomic stalemate to a world free of nuclear weapons - in memory of Klaus Fuchs . Conference of the Leibniz Society and the Russian House of Sciences with the participation of the German Cybernetic Society, November 2011 in Berlin. trafo-Wissenschaftsverlag, Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3-86464-025-4 .
- Hans-Otto Dill (Ed.): Jean-Jacques Rousseau between Enlightenment and Modernity. Files from the Rousseau conference of the Leibniz Society of Sciences in Berlin on December 13, 2012 on the occasion of his 300th birthday on June 28, 2012 in the town hall in Berlin-Mitte. Meeting reports Leibniz Society of Sciences, Volume 117, year 2013. Trafo Wissenschaftsverlag Dr. Wolfgang Weist, Berlin 2013, ISBN 978-3-89626-987-4 .
- Frank Fuchs-Kittowski , Werner Kriesel (ed.): Computer science and society. Festschrift for the 80th birthday of Klaus Fuchs-Kittowski . Frankfurt a. M., Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Vienna: Peter Lang Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, PL Academic Research 2016, ISBN 978-3-631-66719-4 (print), E- ISBN 978-3-653 -06277-9 (e-book).
- Peter Knoll (Ed.): The focus is on people - advances in geo, mining, environmental, space and astro sciences. Colloquium on April 11, 2014 in Berlin in honor of Prof. Dr. Heinz Kautzleben on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Meeting reports Leibniz Society of Sciences, Volume 120, Volume 2014. Trafo Wissenschaftsverlag Dr. Wolfgang Weist, Berlin 2014, ISBN 978-3-86464-090-2 .
- Herbert Hörz , Werner Krause, Erdmute Sommerfeld (ed.): Simplicity as a principle of action, knowledge and design. Working group “Principle Simplicity” of the Leibniz Society of Sciences in Berlin, Scientific Lectures 2010–2015. Meeting reports Leibniz Society of Sciences, Volume 125/126, Volume 2016. Trafo Wissenschaftsverlag Dr. Wolfgang Weist, Berlin 2016, ISBN 978-3-86464-094-0 .
- Gerhard Banse , Ernst-Otto Reher (Ed.): Technological change in the knowledge society - qualitative and quantitative changes. 6th symposium of the “General Technology” working group of the Leibniz Society of Sciences in Berlin and the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology on October 10, 2014 in Berlin. Meeting reports of the Leibniz Society of Sciences, Volume 122, Volume 2015. Trafo Wissenschaftsverlag Dr. Wolfgang Weist, Berlin 2015, ISBN 978-3-86464-092-6 .
- Klaus Fuchs-Kittowski , Rainer E. Zimmermann (Ed.): Cybernetics, Logic, Semiotics. Philosophical points of view. Conference on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Georg Klaus . Treatises of the Leibniz Society of Sciences, Volume 40. Berlin: trafo Wissenschaftsverlag 2015. ISBN 978-3-86464-095-7 .
- Members of the Leibniz Society
- Organization of the Leibniz Society of Sciences in Berlin