Dorothe Poggel (HWK)


  • Prof. Dr. Silke Schicktanz, HWK Fellow (2022); Dept. of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, University Medical Center Göttingen
  • Prof. Dr. Mark Schweda, Dept. of Medical Ethics, Universität Oldenburg


  • Prof. Dr. Katharina Block, Dept. of Sociology, Universität Oldenburg
  • Prof. Dr. Nils Christian Hoppe, Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences, Universität Hannover
  • Prof. Dr. Catrin Misselhorn, Department for Philosophy, Universität Göttingen
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Reydon, Institute of Philosophy & Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences Universität Hannover
  • Prof. Dr. Jochem Rieger, Department of Psychology, Universität Oldenburg
  • Prof. Dr. Matthew Sample, Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences, Universität Hannover
  • Dr. Ruben Sarkowsky, Department for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen
  • Prof. Dr. Mark Siebel, Department of Philosophy, Universität Oldenburg


1 June 2022 - 31 May 2025

Statement of Problem

The HWK study group focuses on Ethics of Sciences (EoS) as a broad interdisciplinary field that requires new reflective approaches. We combine ethical, theoretical, social, and political perspectives on the meaning and practical implementation of responsible and reliable sciences. Our approach is innovative in several regards. It not only aims to integrate and complement traditionally disconnected fields of research in a systematic and sustainable way. We also combine theoretical and empirical approaches in the continuous reflection of scientific practice. This can generate productive synergism and influence a whole new generation of researchers and academics. The group has the following goals: A) providing a critical overview of existing and newly developed EoS-approaches in the international debate; B) revising and re-thinking concepts, standards and criteria of ‚good‘ scientific practice(s); C) focusing on specific challenges and benefits of current scientific transformation processes such as open science, digitalization, and AI. In particular, we will analyse what these transformations mean for ethics of science: How can they challenge, but also support methodological ethical reflection of science – and the other way around: How should ethical reflection about good science consider new aspects emerging from digitalization, AI, and open science in the STEMM area or in the social sciences.