International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)

International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities

The International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (Ethics Center) is an interdisciplinary research center at the Eberhard Karls University of Tuebingen that raises ethical questions about science and its results. Here, a strategy of “ethics in the sciences and humanities” is pursued which by its very nature directly addresses the question of responsibility in science itself. The ethics in sciences that was developed at the Ethics Center has proven to be useful in the practice of research, teaching and public communication and is thereby very helpful to promote an open dialogue between life sciences, humanities, and social sciences in terms on ethical issues.

For more than 25 years, the Ethics Center is succesfully working on a wide range of ethical topics at the University of Tuebingen. It focusses on the collaboration between researchers across all disciplinary borders, as well as on the promotion and support of future researches in ethics in sciences and humanities.

Research at the Ethics Center addresses issues such as genetic engineering on human beings, animals and plants, as well as the topics of environmental ethics, security technologies, and fundamental questions of ethics in the sciences and humanities. A further point of interest is the transfer of information between research and teaching, as well as the coordination of research networks.

The Ethics Center is a trademark of the University of Tübingen with a high national and international reputation. It consistently publishes a variety of high-quality research papers, including a total of 55 doctoral dissertations. Furthermore, the Ethics Center has one of the largest libraries of scientific ethics in Europe.

Spokespersons of the Ethics Center are Prof. Dr. Regina Ammicht Quinn and Prof. Dr. Thomas Potthast.