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Press release 07/2023 Public conference: What is the “metaverse’’ capable of – and what standards do we need for it?

From research and industry to education and arts - the “metaverse” opens up new possibilities in many areas. What might be the psychological and social consequences of linking our analogue and digital worlds - and how are they to be evaluated? At its conference “Lost in ‘Metaverse’? On the Intertwining of Real and Digital Worlds”, the German Ethics Council addresses the opportunities and challenges of these new technological developments. The audience is cordially invited to join the discussion at the conference as well as to try out first steps in the “metaverse”.

Press release 06/2023 Ethics Council: Normality as a questionable point of orientation

On 20 October 2023, the German Ethics Council discusses in a public hearing the societal relevance of normality and normalisation processes. The exchange with experts will focus in particular on how ideas of normality provide normative orientation, for example by shaping body ideals or concepts of health and disease. The second part of the hearing on 16 November 2023 will also address the diverse relationships between normality and normativity.

Press release 05/2023 Health for all and everything? The German Ethics Council discusses One Health

What is new about One Health? A question that the German Ethics Council asks at its annual meeting on 21 June 2023 in Berlin. Titled “One Health: Health for All and Everything?”, the conference at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities takes a closer look at an understanding of health that focuses on the global interconnections of humans, animals and the environment. The conference also highlights the difficult implementation of One Health in research, ethics and policy.

Press release 04/2023 Climate justice: Ethics Council considers stakeholder perspectives

In its second public hearing on climate justice on 25 May, the German Ethics Council will question various stakeholders who are particularly affected by the consequences of climate change. It will also look at peculiarities of the public debate on the topic.

Press release 03/2023 Ethics Council: Making better use of health data without weakening data privacy

On 22 March 2023, the German Ethics Council convenes a public evening event as part of the Bioethics Forum series on the topic of “Patient-Oriented Data Use”. The event aims to facilitate a constructive dialogue on how health data can be made more easily usable for healthcare, personalisation of treatments, and research, while respecting data privacy.