Prof. Dr. rer. nat.

Armin Grunwald

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Focus of the Commitment in the German Ethics Council

  • Ethics of new technologies
  • Technology assessment
  • Digitisation

Born in 1960

Professional Background

  • Since 2007 Professor for Philosophy and Ethics of Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Since 2002 Head of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB)
  • Since 1999 Head of the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • 1996-1999 Deputy Head of the European Academy of Technology and Innovation Assessment Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
  • 1991-1995 Scientific Assistant at the German Aerospace Center
  • 1987-1991 Systems Specialist in Software Engineering at Systems Research Laboratories, Cologne
  • 1984-1987 Scientific Assistant at the University of Cologne

Memberships

  • Since 2021 Member of the German Ethics Council
  • Since 2020 Member of the Committee for Science Planning at the International Science Council
  • Since 2020 Chair of the Zukunftskreis at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Since 2016 Member of the National Monitoring Committee for the Search of a Final Repository (Nationales Begleitgremium für die Endlager-Suche), since 2020 Co-Chair
  • Since 2009 Member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), since 2014 Member of the Executive Board
  • 2013-2019 Member of the Advisory Council for Sustainable Development (Beirat für nachhaltige Entwicklung) of the Baden-Württemberg State Government
  • 2016-2017 Member of the Ethics Commission “Automated and Connected Driving” at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
  • 2014-2016 Member of the Repository Commission (Endlagerkommission) at the German Bundestag

Distinctions

  • 2013-2014 Visiting Professor at the Ethics Centre of the Dutch Technical Universities
  • 2012 Visiting Professor at the University of Klagenfurt
  • 2002 Alcatel SEL Professorship at the Technical University of Darmstadt

Publications (Selection)

  • Grunwald, A. (ed.) (2021): Wer bist Du, Mensch? Transformationen menschlicher Selbstverständnisse im wissenschaftlich-technischen Fortschritt. Freiburg (Breisgau).
  • Grunwald, A. (2019): Der unterlegene Mensch. Die Zukunft der Menschheit im Angesicht von Algorithmen, künstlicher Intelligenz und Robotern. Munich.
  • Grunwald, A. (2019): Digitalisierung als Prozess. Ethische Herausforderungen inmitten allmählicher Verschiebungen zwischen Mensch, Technik und Gesellschaft. In: Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Unternehmensethik, 20 (2), 121-145.
  • Grunwald, A. (2016): Nachhaltigkeit verstehen. Arbeiten an der Bedeutung nachhaltiger Entwicklung. Munich.
  • Grunwald, A. (ed.) (2013): Handbuch Technikethik. Stuttgart.