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Dipl.-Pol. Christopher Coenen

Head of research group
Research group “Life, Innovation, Health, and Technology”
Room: 310
Phone: +49 721 608-24559
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Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Postfach 3640
76021 Karlsruhe


Studies of political science (Heidelberg University, Freie Universität Berlin)

Professional background

2002 – 2009 Member of ITAS scientific staff, working for TAB
since 2009 Member of scientific staff at ITAS

Fields of work

Social, ethical, other philosophical, historical, cultural and political aspects of (in particular new and emerging) technosciences in areas of overlap between biology and technology

Main topics:

  • Human-machine interaction
  • Converging technologies and nanotechnology
  • Internet and society
  • Neurotechnologies
  • Prosthetics
  • Synthetic biology
  • Human enhancement
  • History of transhumanism and other technofuturist thought

Current positions

Media and public dialogue

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Current projects

Completed projects

On the internet

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Recent publications

Coenen, Chr.
How to govern brain-to-speech technologies: Some preliminary thoughts. Vortrag auf der Konferenz "Neurotechnology Meets Artificial Intelligence", LMU München, 08.-10.05.2019

Coenen, Chr.
Scientific prophecy. Vortrag auf dem Workshop "Envisioning the Future. Scenarios as Theoretical Tools", Universität Wien, Österreich, 24.05.2019

Coenen, Chr.
Technocitizenscience. Vortrag auf dem "ThinkCamp CitizenScience@Helmholtz", Berlin, 25.-26.03.2019

Coenen, Chr.
World community and remarks on our own behalf. NanoEthics 13(2019)1, S. 1-4

Baumann, M.F.; Brändle, C.; Coenen, Chr.; Zimmer-Merkle, S.
Taking responsibility: A Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) perspective on insurance issues of semi-autonomous driving. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice (2018), S. 1, DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2018.05.004

Baumann, M.F.; Coenen, Chr.
User and societal acceptance of protheses. Vortrag auf der DGBMT Conference, Aachen, 27.09.2018

Bolz, K.; Coenen, Chr.; Honné, H.; Maia, M.J.F.
Obstacles to RRI in synthetic biology. Vortrag auf dem Annual S.NET Meeting 2018, Maastricht, Niederlande, 25.-27.06.2018

Coenen, Chr.
Discussions of risk and new approaches to responsible research and innovation - Editorial. NanoEthics 12(2018)1, S. 1-3, DOI: 10.1007/s11569-018-0313-1

Coenen, Chr.
Emerging Medical Technology in Politics and Society. Keynote-Vortrag auf der Konferenz "LSA2018: Lübeck Summer Academy on Medical Technology", IHK Lübeck, 04.07.2018

Coenen, Chr.
Free your machines and your mind will follow. Vortrag auf dem Internationalen Beyond-Festival "Future Design - Artistic visions for Europe and BEYOND", Karlsruhe, 03.-07.10.2018

List of publications at ITAS