Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Jörg Hacker, President, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina presented a lecture on the topic “Science and Society – Infectious Diseases as an Example” on 4th February 2016 at the German House, New Delhi. The lecture was conducted under the banner of Science Circle Lecture series and was jointly organized by the German House for Research and Innovation - DWIH New Delhi, the Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany in India and the German National Academy of Sciences – Leopoldina.
Welcoming the audience, Mr. Stephan Lanzinger, Counsellor and Head Science and Technology Section, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, New Delhi outlined the significance of “Science Circle Lecture” series which provides a window into the diverse German research landscape and aims to promote bilateral cooperation. Highlighting the objectives of DWIH New Delhi, Mr. Lanzinger also expressed his gratitude to the German National Academy of Sciences - Leopoldina for jointly organizing the event together with DWIH New Delhi.
Prof. Hacker discussed the delicate harmony between Science and Society and its implications on human population all over the world. He expressed his concerns over various emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and their causes and discussed population-based approaches to prevent diseases and improve health. He emphasized that globalization of knowledge and modern science as well as establishment of new models of academic research are to improve orientation towards scientific excellence in order to achieve the vision of global health. The presentation was followed by an extensive Q & A session. The event was attended by nearly 80 invited guests including senior scientists, faculty members, teachers and young research scholars from various universities and scientific institutes from Delhi-NCR.
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