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  • Science for questionable purposes? Dual use and its consequences

    On 17 February 2022, the online event “Science for questionable purposes? Dual use and its consequences” was held as part of the Leopoldina discussion series “On Freedom and Responsibility in the Sciences”. It was organised by the Leopoldina Committee on Science and Ethics and the Leopoldina Centre for Science Studies in cooperation with the Joint […]

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  • Dual use in chemistry research: opportunities, risks and responsibility

    At an online workshop on 31 May 2021, which was held together with the German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, GDCh), the chairs of the Joint Committee Britta Siegmund and Thomas Lengauer first outlined its tasks and objectives. GDCh Executive Director Wolfram Koch recalled the chequered history of chemical research and its potential for abuse, […]

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  • 2nd Forum for the committees for ethics in security-relevant research (KEFs)

    The objective of the second KEF Forum of the Joint Committee on 2 September 2019 held on the island of Riems was to facilitate communication and exchange of experience among the KEFs. The idea was to examine specific security-relevant research projects that the KEFs had already conclusively consulted on and discuss related topics such as […]

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  • The mystery of risks – How can Science help reconcile perception and assessment?

    The Leopoldina’s international conference format “Crossing Boundaries in Science” aims to identify research areas at an early stage that are particularly dependent on interdisciplinary collaboration. The second conference in the series was organised by the Joint Committee with the financial support of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation. It was entitled “The mystery […]

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