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Prof. Dr. Silke Schicktanz

Phone.: +49(0)551-39 33966
Mail: sschick(at)

Professor Schicktanz holds currently a fellowship at Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, an independent Institute of Advanced Studies. You can contact her via email. 

Biographical Note

Since April 2010, Silke Schicktanz is full-professor at the Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University Medical Center Goettingen. Her Research focuses on the cultural and ethical study of biomedicine.
In 2011 she hold an Adjunct professorship for Philosophy at the San Francisco State University and was 2011-12 visiting research scholar at the University of California, Berkeley by a grant of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation (see
She has studied biology and philosophy at the University of Tübingen from 1991-1997. Her PhD thesis on the ethics of xenotransplantation was approved by the University of Tübingen in 2002.
She held various research positions at the University of Tübingen (1999-2000), at the Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine/Forschungszentrum Jülich (2002-2003) and at the Department for Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine at the University of Muenster (2004-2005). Being interested in public dialogue and engagement, she was project leader of the first nation-wide citizen conference on genetic testing, held at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden (1/2001-2/2002).
She was reviewer for the  ERC Advanced Review Panel SH4 (2009-2013; 2015-2017).

Since 2019, she has been a member of the IRG Gene Technology Report based at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and, since August 2020, appointed member of the Central Ethics Committee for Stem Cell Research.

In September 2022, she was elected as the new president of the Academy of Ethics in Medicine, the German-language professional association for ethics in medicine and health care.

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  • cultural differences in bioethics (esp. organ donation, genetic testing, ageing and dying, personalized medicine)
  • Role of body and identity in bioethics
  • Normative and lay concepts of autonomy, trust, and responsibility
  • Lay people and patients' perspective in bioethics and health politics
  • Relationship between ethics and empirical studies

Perry, J., Schicktanz, S., Herten, B., Stock Gissendanner, S. (2021): Ethische und soziale Aspekte der Demenzforschung und -versorgung: Materialien für Lehrende und Lernende in Lebens- und Humanwissenschaften. Göttingen: Universitätsverlag Göttingen​​​​​​.

Schicktanz, S., Perry, J., Herten, B., Stock Gissendanner, S. (2020): Demenzprädiktion als ethische Herausforderung: Stakeholder fordern Beratungsstandards für Deutschland.Nervenarzt.

Jongsma, K., Perry, J., Schicktanz, S., Radenbach, K. (2020): Motivations for people with cognitive impairment to complete an advance research directive – a qualitative interview study. BMC Psychiatry 20(360).

Special issue for the Journal of Empirical research on Human research ethics on "Research ethics within empirical ethics" (Guest editors: Silke Schicktanz, Sabine Wöhlke) (2019)

S. Mitra, S. Schicktanz, T. Patel (eds.) (2018): Cross-Cultural Comparisons on Surrogacy and Egg Donation. Interdisciplinary perspectives from India, Germany and Israel. Palgrave MacMillian

Molina-Pérez A, Rodríguez-Arias D, Delgado-Rodríguez J, Morgan M, Frunza M, Randhawa G, Reiger-Van de Wijdeven J, Schiks E, Wöhlke S, Schicktanz S (2019): Public knowledge and attitudes towards consent policies for organ donation in Europe. A systematic review. Transplant Rev 33(1)

Schicktanz S (2018): Genetic risk and responsibility: reflections on a complex relationship. Journal of Risk Research. 2(21) 236-258.

Schicktanz S, Rimon-Zarfaty N, Raz A, Jongsma K (2018) Patient Representation and Advocacy for Alzheimer Disease in Germany and Israel: The Relevance of Stigma and Disease Conception. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry.

Raz A, Jongsma KR, Rimon-Zarfaty N, Späth E, Bar-Nadav B, Vaintropov E, Schicktanz S. (2018) Representing autism: Challenges of collective representation in German and Israeli associations for and of autistic people. Social Science & Medicine. 2018 Mar 31;200: 65-72.

Schicktanz S, S. Wöhlke (2017): The utterable and unutterable anthropological meaning of the body in the context of organ transplantation, Dilemata: International Journal of Applied Ethics. 9(23) 107-127.

Hashiloni-Dolev Y., Schicktanz S. (2017): A cross-cultural analysis of posthumous reproduction(PHR): The significance of the gender and margins-of -life perspectives, Reproductive Biomedicine & Society, Apr 29;4:21-32.

Jan 2020 – Dec 2022: BMBF Collaborative Project: Ethical and Social Aspects of Co-Intelligent Sensor-Based Assistance Systems in Dementia Care (EIDEC), in cooperation with the University of Oldenburg, University of Rostock and the DZNE Rostock (website under construction)

Jan 2018 – Dec 2021 BMBF: HiGHmed: Heidelberg –Goettingen – Hannover Medical Informatics, sub-project: Ethics/Stakeholder

Jan 2018 – Dec 2020 German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF): Why to Know or Not to Know? Stakeholders’ Attitudes Towards Prodromal Dementia Diagnosis: Psycho-Social and Ethical Implications in Cross-Cultural Comparison

Okt 2017 – March 2020: BMBF: Dilemmas of Predictive Dementia Diagnostics: German Stakeholder Conference for Improving Ethics Competence in Healthcare and Life Sciences (PI) (with Prof. Gissendanner, IGEUS)

Jan 2018 – March 2020 DFG: “I would prefer not to”. Organ donation between unease and criticism. A sociological and ethical analysis - renewal proposal (with Prof Frank Adloff, University of Hamburg)