Robert Ranisch

Medical Ethics with a Focus on Digitization

Faculty of Health Sciences Brandenburg

University of Potsdam


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biomedical ethics • genetics and ethics • digital ethics  organizational ethics  clinical ethics consultation  • research ethics • neuroethics

public health ethics  population ethics  ethics of risk  moral psychology  meta-ethics and moral theory



Hi, I am Robert. I am a Junior Professor of Medical Ethics (tenure track) at the Faculty of Health Sciences Brandenburg, University of Potsdam, and head of the research unit "Ethics of Genome Editing" at the Institute for Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Tübingen. Before joining the Faculty of Health Science Brandenburg I worked as Lecturer at the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities at the University of Tübingen and as the Managing Director of the Clinical Ethics Committee at the University Hospital of Tübingen. My areas of interest include biomedical ethics, genetics and ethics, digital ethics (with a focus on medicine), intergenerational justice, organizational ethics, and moral theory.



Ranisch, R. (2021): Liberale Eugenik? Kritik der selektiven Reproduktion. J.B. Metzler.

Ranisch, R. (2021): Consultation with Doctor Twitter: Consent Fatigue, and the Role of Developers in Digital Medical Ethics. In: American Journal of Bioethics.

Ranisch, R. / Riedel, A. / Bresch, F. / Mayer, H. /  Pape, K. D. / Weise, G. / Renz, P. (2021): Das Tübinger Modell der „Ethikbeauftragten der Station “: Ein Pilotprojekt zum Aufbau dezentraler Strukturen der Ethikberatung an einem Universitätsklinikum. in: Ethik in der Medizin.

Ehni, H.J. / Ranisch, R. / Schweda, M. /  Wahl, H.-W. (2021):  Older Adults and COVID-19 – Protection from Direct and Indirect Harm. In: Competence Network Public Health on COVID-19

Dubljević, V. / Trettenbach, K. / Ranisch, R. (2021): The socio-political roles of Neuroethics and the case of Klotho. In: American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience.

Burmeister, C. / Iller, A. / Ranisch, R. / Brand, C. / Staib, T. / Müller, U. (2021): Jenseits der Klinik: Konzeptionelle Überlegungen zum Ethiktransfer in dezentralen Einrichtungen des Gesundheitswesens am Beispiel der BruderhausDiakonie ReutlingenEthik in der Medizin.

Ehni, H-J / Wiesing, U. / Ranisch, R. (2021):  Saving the most lives—A comparison of European triage guidelines in the context of the COVID‐19 pandemic. In: Bioethics 35(2), 125-134.

Hunger, J. / Kuhn, E. / Stratil, J. / Ranisch, R. [with contributions from Ciruzzi M S, Ehni H-J, Marckmann G, Nijsingh N, Venkatapuram S, West-Oram P] (2021): Ethical Recommendations for Mobile SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Teams in Long-Term Care Homes. In: Competence Network Public Health on COVID-19 Background Paper.

Ranisch, R. / Nijsingh, N. / Ballantyne, A. / Buyx, A. / Friedrichs, O. / Hendl, T. / Marckmann, G. / Munthe, Chr. / Wild, V: (2020) Digital contact tracing and exposure notification: ethical guidance for trustworthy pandemic management. In: Ethics and Information Technology.

R. Ranisch / G. Marckmann (2020): Digitalisierung. In: Wiesing, U. (ed.): Ethik in der Medizin. Stuttgart: Reclam, 595-624.



  • DiMEN: Digital Medical Ethics Network

  • E-Part: Ethik der Partizipation in Gesundheitsforschung und Biopolitik

  • ELSA-ZORG: Ethical, legal and social aspects of human cerebral organoids and governance; a comparison of Germany with the UK and the USA (PI: Gardar Arnason)

  • Research Unit "Ethics of Genome Editing" (PI, funded by Dr. Kurt and Irmgard Meister Foundation)

  • Plattform für digitales Peer-Mentorin in der Medizinethik (PRIME) (PI, together with Solveig Lena Hansen, funded by HRK)

  • Check.App: Symptom-Checker auf Basis künstlicher Intelligenz - eine multiperspektivische Analyse ethischer, rechtlicher und sozialer Implikationen (PI: Stefanie Joos, funded by BMBF)

  • Foresight Gene Editing (PI, funded by Hans Gottschalk Stiftung) 

  • New MEMEs - New Measures for Engaging with Medical Ethics (PI, together with Julia Diekämper, Museum für Naturkunde, funded by Volkswagen Foundation)

  • Report on germline genome editing for the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (PI, together with Tanja Henking)

  • "Young Medical Ethics", German Academy for Ethics in Medicine (AEM)



2021 - Present
Junior Professor of Medical Ethics with a Focus on Digitization 
Faculty of Health Sciences, joint Faculty of the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus – Senftenberg, the Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane and the University of Potsdam
University of Potsdam


2020 - 2021
Lecturer / Akademischer Rat
International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities
University of Tübingen


2017 - 2021
Managing Director
Clinical Ethics Committee
University Hospital of Tübingen


2017 - 2020
Research Associate
Institute for Ethics and History of Medicine
University of Tübingen



2013 - 2017

University of Düsseldorf

Ph.D. in Philosophy (with distinction)
date of defense: January 2018

2011 - 2013

University of Tübingen

Postgraduate Training in Bioethics

2008 - 2010
University of Warwick

M.A. in Continental Philosophy

University of Oxford

Recognized Student in Philosophy/Practical Ethics

2003 - 2007
University of Jena

Studies in Philosophy, Applied Ethics, and Political Sciences



Media and Blog Articles




University of Potsdam 
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25,
Haus 16, Raum 1.04
14476 Potsdam, Golm, Germany

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  • Digital and Data Ethics

  • Ethics of genome editing and selective reproduction

  • Global justice

  • Introduction to Applied Ethics

  • Introduction to Business Ethics

  • Medical Terminology

  • Moral Theory and meta ethics

  • Organization Ethics

  • Population Ethics and the non-identity problem

  • Research Ethics

  • Theories of sustainability



  • ​2021: Tübingen Young Scientists Award for Science Communication

  • 2020: Secundo loco, Tenure Track Professorship (W2) "Responsible Research and Innovation", University of  Hannover

  • 2019: Primo loco, Tenure Track Professorship W1 (to W3)  "Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities", University of Tübingen

  • 2019: Dalberg Award

  • 2019: Department of Medicine Teaching Awards

  • 2018: AeV advancement award "Ethics and Medicine"