Euretina Past President, Frank G. Holz, has been elected as a new member of the Leopoldina. He is joined by Professor Jost Jonas and Professor Jose Sahel, valued contributors to Euretina, who are also members of the prestigious Academy.
The Leopoldina originated in 1652 as a classical scholarly society. It has members from almost all branches of science and champions the freedom and appreciation of science. It promotes a scientifically enlightened society and the responsible application of scientific insight for the benefit of humankind and the natural world. In its interdisciplinary discourse, the Academy transcends thematic, political and cultural boundaries. It is also an advocate of human rights.
Prof. Dr. Frank G. Holz, FEBO, FARVO, chairman of the department of Ophthalmology, University of Bonn, Germany, has been elected as a new member of the Leopoldina, the National Academy of Sciences Germany. The German Academy Leopoldina of Sciences brings together researchers with special expertise in their respective fields. The criteria for membership are outstanding scientific achievements. Election to the ranks of the Leopoldina is considered one of the highest honors for scientists.
The Leopoldina recognized Frank Holz for his outstanding achievements in the field of retinal diseases and elected him to the section Ophthamology/ Otorhinolaryngology and Stomatology.
As the German National Academy of Sciences, the Leopoldina provides independent science-based policy advice on social relevant issues. For this purpose, the Academy develops interdisciplinary statements based on scientific findings. The Leopoldina represents German science in international bodies, including science-based advice to the annual G7 summits. It has 1600 members from more than 30 countries and brings together expertise from almost all fields of research. It was founded in 1652 and was named Germany’s National Academy of Sciences in 2008. Since the academy was founded, more than 7000 individuals have been accepted into its ranks. Among them were Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Alexander von Humboldt, Justus von Liebig and Max Planck.