Institute for Technology Assessment and  Systems Analysis (ITAS)

Armin Grunwald appointed to the German Ethics Council

The head of ITAS will henceforth advise the Federal Government and the German Bundestag as a member of the renowned council of experts. With his work, he wants to contribute to the responsible shaping of scientific and technological progress.
Armin Grunwald in Ethikrat aufgenommen
New member of the Ethics Council: Armin Grunwald (Photo: S. Göttisheim/KIT)

Wolfgang Schäuble, President of the German Bundestag, appointed Armin Grunwald to the German Ethics Council. Following a proposal of the Federal Government, the philosopher of technology and expert in technology assessment is now one of the 26 members of the panel.

“Contributing to a just society”

“The German Ethics Council is of great significance and highly visible in many ongoing social debates. It is an honor for me to be asked to work with them,” explained Armin Grunwald upon his appointment. “In this position, I would like to commit myself in particular to a responsible shaping of scientific and technological progress and to ensuring that its results contribute to a just and solidarity-based society, in Germany but also worldwide.“

Duties of the German Ethics Council

Since 2008, the experts of the German Ethics Council have been advising the Federal Government and the German Bundestag on ethical, social, scientific, medical, and legal issues related to research and developments, in particular in the field of life sciences. Their duties also include the promotion of societal discourse on the different topics they work on.

Armin Grunwald will attend a plenary meeting of the Council for the first time on 25 February 2021. In a public hearing, the panel will address the social impacts of digitalization and the associated ethical questions regarding the relation between humans and machines. (18.02.2021)

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