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

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Articles to IZEW Newsletter No. 3, 2020

Between safety and health policy

The COVID-19 pandemic puts the focus on maintaining everyday health care in crises. In March 2020 two projects on this topic started at the IZEW. They deal with the maintenance of the functionality of outpatient care structures in crisis situations and of hospitals in case of evacuation.

"Market gap" discovered?

Leadership Ethics Seminar in the Department of Chemistry started with great success
The project "Leadership Ethics as Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities" is developing an educational program for MINT students and doctoral candidates. This has now been launched with almost 40 interested parties. The participants are confronted with moral problems of managers through practical case studies.

Articles to IZEW Newsletter No. 2, 2020

From principles to practice: How we can make AI ethics measurable

As part of the AI Ethics Impact Group (, the Ethics Center of the University of Tübingen has published a study on the ethical design of artificial intelligence (AI) applications. The core of the paper is the presentation of a label to mark the ethical evaluation of AI based on a differentiated model.

"Breathing Time" - An ethics blog in times of the Corona pandemic

Our daily life has changed rapidly in the last months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since the virus has reached Germany, fundamental freedoms have been restricted and relaxed, the economy and our daily lives have been stopped and restarted, and countless questions have been raised. As this process was, especially in the early days, largely shaped by medical epidemiological expertise and as ethical questions were visible in many places but were not negotiated as such, the IZEW staff decided more than three months ago to create the blog "Breathing Time" to give space to these very issues.

New chairwoman of the Scientific Council: Prof. Dr. Tanja Thomas

The International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities is supported by all faculties of the University of Tübingen. They each send one delegate to the Scientific Council, which advises and supports the Center in all important decisions. This body has recently been given a new chairwoman. Prof. Dr. Tanja Thomas was elected at the meeting of the Council on April 21, 2020.

We welcome Mrs. Thomas as the new chairwoman of the Scientific Council and look forward to working with her.

Articles of the IZEW Newsletter No. 01, 2020

How fair is the chocolate at the Tübingen ChocolArt?

Who earns how much from a bar of chocolate? How big is the ecological footprint of conventional cocoa cultivation? And, what can fair alternatives look like? During a seminar at Studium Oecologicum 21 students asked exhibitors and visitors about the relevance of fair chocolate at the International Chocolate Festival ChocolArt. They then presented their results in local and national media.

Digitalisation in Africa and the contribution of ethics to a new research agenda

Information and communication technologies (ICT) and digitalisation influence and change the global economy, politics, our daily life and especially our way of communicating. This brings opportunities and benefits, but also risks and challenges for all actors involved. Especially in the African context, digitalisation raises urgent ethical questions.

Report from workshop: On the Connection between Populism and Education (13 and 14 February 2020)

The growing influence of right-wing populist parties in Europe is preoccupying both the general public and the scientific community. Representatives from various disciplines have come together at the IZEW to look at right-wing populist developments and strategies as well as the relation to educational issues from their respective perspectives.

Articles of the IZEW Newsletter No. 3, 2019

University Competence Centre: excellent learning location for ESD

The Competence Centre for Sustainable Development (KNE) of the University of Tübingen has been awarded for the second time as a Learning Site for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) by the German UNESCO Commission. On Nov. 20, three representatives* of the KNE, whose work is coordinated at the Ethics Centre (IZEW), took part in the ceremony in Berlin.

Workshop: The difficult timing of integrating ethical aspects

Ethical, legal and social aspects should no longer be researched in technology development projects only in parallel, but should be integrated into the development process from the start of the project. That sounds logical. But (how) can this work if it is not yet clear how the technology will be designed and applied?

Zero Waste - A life without garbage? - Sustainability Lecture 2019

Every German citizen produces 617 kg of garbage every year - much more than our planet can handle. There is another way, say Shia and Hanno Su. Since 2014, both have been living almost garbage-free and are firmly convinced that this lifestyle not only has nothing to do with renunciation, but on the contrary even enriches their own lives.

The certificate programme "Ethics in Practice" - an offer for students of all subjects

Questions about "good" and "right" - in the sense of moral and immoral - arise in all areas of our everyday life. We encounter them in our private and professional lives, in the education and health system, in science or even in road traffic... The concern of applied ethics - an ethics in practice - is to perceive moral problems as such and to clarify them with reference to ethical concepts and considerations - and ideally to point out possible solutions.