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June 13, 2024
06:30 pm (Central European Time)

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For the Region

About the Bürger-Uni

The Bürger-Uni was launched in 2015 with the aim of providing interested citizens with free access to scientific topics. Since 2019, the TUM Heilbronn Campus has been a partner of the events. Here, emphasis is placed on making knowledge and science on current, socially relevant topics, which contain a strong scientific as well as socio-political relevance, accessible to everyone.


The event is aimed in particular at residents of Heilbronn and people of the region of all ages who are interested in scientific topics.

Take part in the next Bürger-Uni

June 13, 2024 - 6:30 pm


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Medical Ethics - Ethical Issues in Hospitals, Research, and Politics


Prof. Dr. Alena Buyx


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About Prof. Dr. Alena Buyx

Prof. Dr. med. Alena Buyx, M.A. phil., FRSA, is W3 Professor of Ethics in Medicine and Health Technologies and Director of the Institute for the History and Ethics of Medicine at the Technical University of Munich. She holds the venia legendi for the subject triad of ethics, history and theory of medicine.


Alena Buyx works on the entire breadth of biomedical ethics and theory, from the 'classical' medical-ethical questions of clinical practice, to challenges posed by biotechnological innovation and medical research, to ethical and justice issues in modern healthcare systems. She pursues an interdisciplinary approach and collaborates with clinical colleagues as well as with lawyers, social scientists, philosophers, health economists and theologians. She publishes high-ranking articles on her research topics, for example in Science, BMJ, or Bioethics. In the last five years, she has raised over € 3.9 million in public third-party funding for the Institute's ethics projects (EU, DFG, BMBF, etc.) and was or is PI in various major proposals (Science Council, Excellence Initiative, etc.). She is a member of various national, international and university committees, regularly advises large international research consortia and gives numerous lectures to a wide variety of audiences. She has been a member of the German Ethics Council since 2016 and was elected its chair in 2020. She became a member of the Leopoldina in 2020. In 2021, she was awarded the German National Prize and the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal of TUM; since 2022, she has been a recipient of the Bavarian Constitutional Order.


Professor Alena Buyx is a fully qualified doctor with further degrees in philosophy and sociology. Prior to her appointment in Munich, she worked at the University of Kiel, the University of Münster, Harvard University, Deputy Director of the English Ethics Council and Senior Fellow at University College London.

Watch the Stream of the last Bürger-Uni

On 18 June 2023, Ulrich Schnabel spoke about "Why is our society drifting apart". Ulrich Schnabel is an author and editor at the daily newspaper "Die Zeit".


Watch the entire broadcast of this Bürger-Uni here.