February 2012 - January 2013

Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)


Project Description:

The progress being made in the field of biogerontology holds out the prospect of age-associated diseases potentially being combatted more effectively in the future by means of direct interventions into the biological aging processes. Thus, there is hope for solutions to the problems associated with demographic change, but there is also a wide variety of complex ethical, legal and social issues that have yet to be discussed.

As part of the ELSA project, an interdisciplinary, competence-oriented discourse module called “The Ethics of Biogerontology” will be developed based on eight smaller projects in the fields of research, medicine and education. This will be tested at various partner institutions and evaluated using a new competence model.


Conception and project management:

Julia Dietrich und Hans-Jörg Ehni

Partner at the Institute for Ethics and the History of Medicine:
Dr. Hans-Jörg Ehni

Partner and Coordinator at the
International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities:
Dr. Julia Dietrich


Mone Spindler

Office and Address:

International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities
Wilhelmstr. 19
D-72074 Tübingen
Zimmer 3.13
Tel:  +49/(0)7071/29-77986
Fax: +49/(0)7071/29-5255

Student Assistants:

Christine Diebold
Andri König