Christiane Woopen

Christiane Woopen has been Heinrich Hertz Professor of “Life Ethics – Individuals, Institutions and Societies” at the University of Bonn and Founding Director of the Center for Life Ethics since October 2021. Previously, she was Professor of Ethics and Theory of Medicine at the University of Cologne, where she was also Director of the interfaculty Cologne Center for Ethics, Rights, Economics, and Social Sciences of Health (CERES). In addition to leading national and international research projects, she is involved in policy advocacy, including as Chair of the German Ethics Council (2012-2016), as President of the Global Summit of National Ethics Councils (2014-2016), as a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (until 2017), as Co-Spokesperson of the German Government Data Ethics Council (2018-2019), and as Chair of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) (2017-2021). Woopen is a member of several academies of sciences (NRW, BBAW, Academia Europaea) and was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class.