Executive Director

Christiane Woopen studied human medicine and philosophy in Cologne, Bonn and Hagen. Before moving to the University of Bonn, she was Executive Director of the interfaculty center ceres, Professor of Ethics and Theory of Medicine, and Head of the Ethics Research Unit at the University of Cologne. Lately, she served on many international expert groups, most recently as Chair of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies, which advises the European Commission, Chair of the German Ethics Council, President of the 11th Global Summit of National Ethics/Bioethics Committees, member of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO, and co-spokeswoman of the German Federal Governement's Data Ethics Commission. Woopen is a Member of Academia Europaea, the Berlin-Brandenburg and the North Rhine-Westphalian Academies of Science. In 2017, she was awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class. As of October 1, 2021, she holds the first Heinrich Hertz Chair at Bonn University and directs the establishment and development of a new "Center for Life Ethics."