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Leopoldina makes recommendations to the G8 heads of state and government
Date:5/20/2011

Together with the national science academies of the other G8 states, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina has prepared two statements for the G8 states in the run-up to the G8 Summit of Heads of State and Government. The recommendations contained in these statements were now presented to the participating governments for the negotiations in Deauville, France on 26 and 27 May. In a statement on the topic of "Education for a Science-Based Global Development", the academies urge governments to target investment to establish an infrastructure for a globalization of knowledge in science and technology. A further statement on the topic of "Water and Health" urgently recommends improving the world's population access to clean drinking water and sanitation to protect people against serious disease and epidemics.

The science academies set forth that progress and global development are attributable to advances in science and technology. They therefore recommend targeted investment in education to achieve a globalization of knowledge. The objective here must be to make all people partners of science. This would help avoid new technologies being met with scepticism and unfounded fears, and also better equip people to assess the risks new technologies pose. This challenge must be faced in three ways: improved scientific education for the general public, in school, at university and at other national research bodies.

The science academies advise the heads of state and government to support the governments of developing countries in establishing and maintaining a functioning infrastructure for education. In their statement on education, the academies also recommend a policy of open access to scientific literature and databases and supporting international collaboration to set up new e-learning facilities. Furthermore, they stress the importance of using new findings derived from brain research and cognitive sciences to improve teaching and le
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