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Dipl.-Pol. Christopher Coenen

Scientific staff
Research area Innovation processes and impacts of technology
Room: 310
Phone: +49 721 608-24559
christopher coenenDis9∂kit edu

Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Postfach 3640
76021 Karlsruhe


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

Entry at ITAS, fields of work

At ITAS since 2002 (TAB member of scientific staff 2002 - 2009; since then senior researcher in Karlsruhe, mainly in the NEST cluster)

Clusters: New and emerging technosciences (NEST), Digital information and communication technologies (DIGIT), Nanotechnology (NANO)

Themes: human enhancement, Internet and society, nanotechnology, neurotechnology and converging technologies, synthetic biology

Current positions

  • ITAS project leader for the projects INOPRO, PRISMA, and VI-DAS
  • Editor in Chief of the journal NanoEthics
  • Member of the S.NET board
  • KIT expert on the topic Human Enhancement
  • Participation in ITAS SynBio

Current projects

Media and public dialogue

 PDF (German)

Completed projects

Recent publications


Kehl, C.; Coenen, Chr.
Technologien und Visionen der Mensch-Maschine-Entgrenzung. Berlin: Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB) 2016
(TAB-Arbeitsbericht Nr. 167)
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Coenen, Chr.
Thematic continuities and fresh perspectives - Editorial. NanoEthics 10(2016)2, S. 121-122

König, H.; Frank, D.; Heil, R.; Coenen, Chr.
Synthetic biology's multiple dimensions of benefits and risks: implications for governance and policies. In: Boldt, J. (Hrsg.): Synthetic biology. Metaphors, Worldviews, Ethics, and Law. Wiesbaden: Springer VS 2016, S. 217-232
(Technikzukünfte, Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft)

Coenen, Chr.
The earth as our footstool - visions of human enhancement in 19th and 20th Century Britain. In: Bateman, S.; Gayon, J.; Allouche, S.; Goffette, J.; Marzano, M. (Hrsg.): Inquiring into human enhancement. Interdisciplinary and international perspectives. Basingstoke, Hampshire, England: Palgrave Macmillan 2015, S. 183-204

Coenen, Chr.
Der alte Traum vom mechanischen Menschen. Spektrum der Wissenschaft Spezial - Physik - Mathematik - Technik (2015)2, S. 66-73

Frank, D.; Heil, R.; Coenen, Chr.; König, H.
Synthetic biology's self-fulfilling prophecy - dangers of confinement from within and outside. Biotechnology Journal (2015)10, publ. online, DOI: 10.1002/biot.201400477
Abstract englisch/htm

Coenen, Chr.
NanoEthics Seven Years On. NanoEthics 8(2014)2, S. 117-119, DOI 10.1007/s11569-014-0208-8
Abstract englisch/htm

List of publications at ITAS