The Leopoldina / Getting to the venue

This year’s conference will be held again at the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle. The academy was founded as early as 1652 and has been representing German science on international committees since 2008. It issues independent statements on the scientific principles of political and social questions. With around 1,500 members, including outstanding scientists from all over Europe, the Leopoldina has made a commitment to scientific freedom for the good of humanity and as a way of shaping the future. With that in mind, there is no better place in the city to discuss the topic of bioeconomy than in the lecture hall of the Academy’s centrally located main building.

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Parking options

As there is limited parking at Friedemann Bach Platz, we recommend using the following public car parks for the evening event:

Saline Car Park / Mansfelder Str. 50 - 52

Wohnzentrum Lührmann Car Park / Mansfelder Str. 15

Spitze Underground Car Park / Herrenstr. 20

Park Service Hüfner GmbH / Dachritzstr. 10

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The Handel City of Halle

The city of Halle’s motto is “take some time and look closely”. Located on the banks of the Saale river, this city of culture and science is more than 1,200 years old and offers its visitors many cultural highlights. With 230,000 inhabitants, Halle is the largest city in Saxony-Anhalt and is the state’s cultural capital.

A city founded on salt.

The city’s name comes from the Celtic word “hall” which roughly translates to “place of salt preparation”. In Mediaeval times the salt springs were the basis of the city’s wealth. The world’s oldest guild “Salzwirker-Brüderschaft im Thale zu Halle” still boils salt in the former “royal saltworks” according to ancient traditions. Halle’s historical city centre, which is nearly completely intact, contains restored historical townhouses, old churches, parks, vibrant pub miles and picturesque stretches along the Saale river. The Castle Ruins of Burg Giebichenstein and the Moritzburg Foundation - State Art Museum mean that Halle is home to the oldest and the youngest castles on the Saale river.

The former orphanage and school of the Francke Foundations form a cultural and science cosmos to rival any in Europe. Located in the largest group of half-timbered buildings in Europe, the Francke Foundations are home to a unique collection of art and curiosities, a baroque-style backdrop library, and the oldest secular boys’ choir in Germany: the “Stadtsingechor zu Halle”.

The original death mask of the Reformer Martin Luther and prints of his hands are on display at the Market Church. The neighbouring Library of Our Lady is regarded as the oldest protestant church library in Germany, housing valuable objects and manuscripts from the Reformation period. 

Halle is a city of music, theatre and art. Thousands of visitors are attracted to the city by its international Handel Festival, five theatre and opera stages, the state orchestra and more than 60 cultural institutions with numerous galleries and meeting places for artists. Halle is also home to Martin Luther University, a 500-year-old institution steeped in tradition, the German Federal Cultural Foundation, and the Leopoldina – the only German National Academy of Sciences. The famous, 3,600-year-old Nebra Sky Disk, one of the most important finds of the Bronze Age, is also on display in Halle. Halle entices you with “art of the chocolatier”, produced in the oldest chocolate factory in Germany.

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