Prof. Dr. phil.

Mark Schweda

Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg

Focus of the Commitment in the German Ethics Council

  • Medical Ethics
  • Gerontological Ethics
  • Ethics of Technology and Science

Contact for Press Enquiries on the Following Topics

  • Ageing and demographic change
  • Technology and digitalisation in healthcare
  • Public participation in the field of medicine and healthcare

Born in 1975

Professional Background

  • Since 2018 Professor for Ethics in Medicine and Head of the Department of Ethics in Medicine at the Department of Health Services Research, Faculty VI – Medicine and Health Sciences, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
  • 2015-2018 Assistant Professor at the Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, University Medical Center Göttingen
  • 2015 Habilitation at the Faculty of Medicine, Georg-August University Göttingen (Venia Legendi in Ethics, Theory and History of Medicine)
  • 2014-2015 Junior Research Fellow for the Ethics of Living at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg Göttingen / Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study
  • 2012 Visiting Scholar at the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society, University of California, Berkeley (USA)
  • 2012 PhD at the Faculty of Philosophy I, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • 2006-2013 Research Assistant at the Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, University Medical Center Göttingen
  • Studies of Philosophy and German Philology in Berlin and Nottingham


  • Since 2022 Member of the German Ethics Council
  • Since 2020 Member of the Working Group „The Future of Ageing“ of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics
  • Since 2019 Member of the Working Group on Ethics of the Standing Committee on Organ Transplantation of the German Medical Association
  • Since 2018 Advisor on Philosophy of the publishing house J. B. Metzler Stuttgart
  • 2017 Member of the WHO Working Group „Developing an Ethical Framework in Relation to Ageing and Health“
  • 2016 Member of the Alzheimer Europe Expert Working Group on Ethical Issues Linked to the Changing Definitions of Alzheimer’s Disease


  • 2016 Habilitation Award of the Faculty of Medicine, Georg-August University Göttingen
  • 2014 Karl Alber Prize of the Philosophical Yearbook
  • 2013 Wolf Erich Kellner Memorial Prize of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

Publications (Selection)

  • Jordan, W.; Schweda, M. (ed.) (2021): Ethische Aspekte Künstlicher Intelligenz in der Psychiatrie (= special edition Psychiatrische Praxis 48 S01).
  • Schicktanz, S.; Schweda, M. (2021): Aging 4.0? Rethinking the ethical framing of technology-assisted eldercare. In: History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 43 (3), 1-19.
  • Ellerich-Groppe, N.; Pfaller, L.; Schweda, M. (2021): Young for old – old for young? Ethical perspectives on intergenerational solidarity and responsibility in public discourses on COVID-19. In: European Journal of Ageing 18 (2), 159-171.
  • Schweda, M.; Coors, M.; Bozzaro, C. (ed.) (2020): Ageing and Human Nature. Perspectives from Philosophical, Theological, and Historical Anthropology. Cham.
  • Pfaller, L.; Schweda, M. (2019): Excluded from the good life? An ethical approach to conceptions of active aging. In: Social Inclusion 7 (3), 44-53.
  • Beier, K.; Schweda, M.; Schicktanz, S. (2019): Taking patient involvement seriously: A critical ethical analysis of participatory approaches in data-intensive medical research. In: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 19 (1):90.
  •  Jongsma, K.; Schweda, M. (2018): Return to childhood? Against the infantilisation of people with late-onset dementia. In: Bioethics 32 (7), 414-420.
  • Schweda, M.; Pfaller, L.; Brauer, K.; Adloff, F.; Schicktanz, S. (ed.) (2017): Planning Later Life. Bioethics and Public Health in Aging Societies. Abingdon.