Deutscher Ethikrat

Press Release

Ethics Council: Opportunities for care through responsible use of robotics

In its opinion "Robotics for Good Care" published on 10 March 2020, the German Ethics Council weighs up the opportunities and risks associated with the use of robots in care.

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Trilateral Meeting of the Ethics Councils of Germany, France and the UK on 13 November 2019 in Berlin

On 13 November 2019, representatives of the Ethics Councils of Germany, France and the UK met in Berlin.

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Public conference

Thinking – Believing – Knowing: Climate Change and the Ethics of Science

On 23 October 2019, the German Ethics Council held its autumn conference in Göttingen to discuss the ethics of climate science.

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Welcome to the German Ethics Council

The German Ethics Council deals with the great questions of life. With its opinions and recommendations, it provides orientation for society and politics. The members are appointed by the President of the German Bundestag.

The German Ethics Council was constituted on April 11, 2008 on the basis of the Ethics Council Act and succeeded the National Ethics Council established by the Federal Government in 2001. In the first ten years the  German Ethics Council published 15 opinions on topics such as  anonymous relinquishment, intersexuality, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, genetic diagnostics, patient well beeing and Big Data. He has thus earned great recognition as an important and appreciated source of impetus for advising politicians and the general public.

Current Topics

"Reasonable" Treatment of Animals

Since 2002, animal welfare has been a constitutional objective in Germany. Additionally, animals are described by the Animal Welfare Act (Tierschutzgesetz) as "fellow creatures" and protected from suffering, pain or harm without "reasonable grounds". Whether these statutory provisions are implemented appropriately, is, however, frequently questioned.

Robotics and Care

In view of the growing number of people in need of care in Germany and the urgent infrastructural, personnel and financial issues involved, politics and research increasingly turn to robotic solutions, while their concrete benefits and influence on care practice and the relevant actors are the subject of controversial discussions.