Harald König

Dr. Harald König

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

Current positions

Member of scientific staff (senior researcher) at ITAS since 2011

Fields of work

  • Technology assessement of biosciences
  • Risk-benefit analysis of emerging biotechnologies such as synthetic biology and genome editing
  • Governance of emerging biotechnologies

Professional background

1982 - 1989 Studies in Biology, Diploma degree, University of Karlsruhe
1989 - 1992 Ph.D. in Biology, University of Karlsruhe
1992 - 1994 Postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Molecular Biology Heidelberg (ZMBH)
1995 - 1999 Research associate at the Institute of Toxicology and Genetics, Karlsruhe Research Centre
1999 Habilitation in Genetics, University of Karlsruhe
1999 - 2010 Lecturer (“Privatdozent”) at the Faculty for Chemistry and Biological Sciences, University of Karlsruhe and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
1999 - 2011 Independent research group leader at the Institute of Toxicology and Genetics, Karlsruhe Research Centre and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Publications


2021
Reports/Preprints
Albrecht, S.; König, H.; Sauter, A.
Genome Editing am Menschen. Endbericht zum Monitoring
2021. Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB). doi:10.5445/IR/1000141083Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document
König, H.; Heyen, N. B.; Baumann, M.; Schmoch, U.; Bachlechner, D.; Heil, R.; Hüsing, B.
Künstliche Intelligenz in der genomischen Medizin – Potenziale und Handlungsbedarf
2021. Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). doi:10.5445/IR/1000130255Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document
Presentations
König, H.
Governing CRISPR: What Science and Technology Assessment Can and Can’t Contribute
2021, May 18. CRISPR and society. CRISPR/Cas for genome editing – today and tomorrow (2021), Online, May 18, 2021 
Posters
Maia, M. J.; Nierling, L.; Coenen, C.; Fleischer, T.; Heil, R.; Jahnel, J.; König, H.; Orwat, C.
Research on AI at ITAS
2021. Helmholtz Artificial Intelligence Conference (Helmholtz AI 2021), Online, April 14–15, 2021 Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document
Other
Albrecht, S.; König, H.; Sauter, A.
Human genome editing. TAB-Fokus
2021, September. Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB) Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document
Albrecht, S.; König, H.; Sauter, A.
Genome Editing am Menschen. TAB-Fokus
2021, September. Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB) Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document
2018
Journal Articles
2017
Books
Heil, R.; Seitz, S. B.; König, H.; Robienski, J. (Eds.)
Epigenetics - Ethical, legal and social aspects
2017. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 
Journal Articles
Presentations
König, H.
When synbio met society - Some lessons learned
2017. European Summit of Industrial Biotechnology (esib) (2017), Graz, Austria, November 14–16, 2017 
König, H.
When synbio meets society - some lessons learned
2017. European Summit of Industrial Biotechnology (ESIB), Graz, A, November 14-16, 2017 
König, H.
Technologie::Leben - Neue Chancen, neue Herausforderungen
2017. Deutsche Biotechnologietage 2017, Hannover, 5.-6.April 2017 
König, H.
Designed biological systems meet society: challenges for science and applications
2017. CompuGene Symposium on Computer-aided Engineering of Synthetic Genetic Circuits, Darmstadt, June 19-21, 2017 
2016
Book Chapters
Heil, R.; Seitz, S. B.; Robienski, J.; König, H.
Einleitung - Epigenetik : Ethische, rechtliche und soziale Aspekte
2016. Epigenetik : Ethische, rechtliche und soziale Aspekte. Hrsg.: R. Heil, 7–14, VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 
König, H.; Frank, D.; Heil, R.; Coenen, C.
Synthetic biology’s multiple dimensions of benefits and risks: implications for governance and policies
2016. Synthetic Biology : Metaphors, Worldviews, Ethics, and Law. Ed.: J. Boldt, 217–232, VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. doi:10.1007/978-3-658-10988-2_14
Books
Heil, R.; Seitz, S. B.; König, H.; Robienski, J. (Eds.)
Epigenetik : Ethische, rechtliche und soziale Aspekte
2016. VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 
Presentations
Bolz, K.; König, H.
Responsible innovation as a moderator of entrepreneurship - Learnings from the debate on advanced biotechnology
2016. The Co-Production of Emerging Bodies, Politics and Technologies : 8th Annual S.Net Meeting, Bergen, N, October 12-14, 2016 
2015
Book Chapters
Albrecht, S.; Coenen, C.; König, H.
Enriching the methodological scope of technology assessment. Initial insights from SYNENERGENE, the mobilisation and mutual learning action plan on synthetic biology
2015. The next horizon of technology assessment : Proceedings from the PACITA 2015 Conference in Berlin. Ed.: C. Scherz, 151–156, Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (ASCR) 
Reports/Preprints
Sauter, A.; Albrecht, S.; Doren, D. van; König, H.; Reiß, T.; Trojok, R.; Elsbach, S.
Synthetic biology – The next phase of biotechnology and genetic engineering. Summary
2015. Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB). doi:10.5445/IR/1000137286Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document
Sauter, A.; Albrecht, S.; Doren, D. van; König, H.; Reiß, T.; Trojok, R.; Elsbach, S.
Synthetische Biologie - die nächste Stufe der Bio- und Gentechnologie. Endbericht zum TA-Projekt
2015. Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB). doi:10.5445/IR/310104566Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document
Presentations
Coenen, C.; Albrecht, S.; König, H.
Making sense of RRI in the SYNENERGENE project
2015. 2nd European TA Conference, Berlin, February 25-27, 2015 
Other
Sauter, A.; Albrecht, S.; Doren, D. van; König, H.; Reiß, T.; Trojok, R.
Synthetic biology - the next phase of biotechnology and genetic engineering. TAB-Fokus
2015, November. Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB) Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document
Sauter, A.; Albrecht, S.; Doren, D. van; König, H.; Reiß, T.; Trojok, R.
Synthetische Biologie - die nächste Stufe der Bio- und Gentechnologie. TAB-Fokus
2015, November. Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB) Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document
2014
Conference Papers
König, H.; Coenen, C.; Frank, D.; Heil, R.
Science, technology and the state: Implications for governance of synthetic biology and emerging technologies
2014. Technology Assessment and Policy Areas of Great Transitions : Proceedings from the PACITA 2013 Conference, Praha, CZ, March 13-15, 2013. Ed.: T. Michalek, 315–320, Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (ASCR) 
Presentations
Coenen, C.; König, H.
SYNENERGENE - Responsible research and innovation in synthetic biology
2014. Workshop on Research Agendas in the Societal Aspects of Synthetic Biology an der Arizona State University (2014), Tempe, AZ, USA, November 4–6, 2014 
König, H.
Ethics, responsibility and synthetic biology
2014. Biology feat. Engineering - Symposium der International Autumn School on Synthetic Biology (2014), Marburg, Germany, November 24–25, 2014 
2013
Journal Articles
Presentations
Heil, R.; König, H.; Robienski, J.
Epigenetik - Können wir unsere Gene beeinflussen?
2013. Klausurwoche Epigenetik, Karlsruhe, 16.-21. September 2013 
Heil, R.; König, H.; Robienski, J.
Klausurwoche Epigenetik
2013. Klausurwoche Epigenetik, Karlsruhe, 16.-21. September 2013 
König, H.; Coenen, C.; Frank, D.; Heil, R.
Science, technology and the state: The quest for knowledge-based governance in synthetic biology
2013. 1st PACITA Conference on Technology Assessment and Policy Areas of Great Transitions, Praha, CZ, March 13-15, 2013 
Posters
Ferrari, A.; Frank, D.; Heil, R.; König, H.; Weinberger, N.
Nutzen und Risiken des Tissue Engineering
2013. ITA-Forum ’Innovations- und Technikanalyse im Dialog’, Berlin, 26.-27. September 2013 
2012
Presentations
König, H.; Coenen, C.
New science, new risks, new governance? Prospects and policy directions
2012. Visions of Synthetic Biology : 2nd Workshop of SynBioTA, Bremen, June 27-29, 2012