In our increasingly interconnected world, the natural and engineering sciences are confronted with complex and dynamic problems. Meeting the need for innovation through novelty in scientific research and technical invention while at the same time respecting ethical responsibility poses great challenges for scientists and engineers. This is where ARRTI comes in.

ARRTI is an academy funded by the KIT Excellence Initiative that pursues the goal of a stronger consideration of ethical issues in technology research, teaching, and innovation. ARRTI imparts skills in ethical reflection that enable students, researchers, and entrepreneurs to take responsibility in their research, teaching and innovation. Central to this undertaking is the multi-dimensional concept of responsibility: researchers, educators and technology creators have a responsibility to address the problems of today and tomorrow in their actions and innovations. At the same time, they have a far-reaching responsibility to society for what they do, including the direct and indirect consequences of their work.

ARRTI offers an interdisciplinary platform for the co-creation and discussion of ethical questions and practices and the acquisition of skills in ethical reflection. The academy follows the "train the trainers" concept: academy members ensure that the content and skills they develop through ARRTI are conveyed to their fellow scientists and students. ARRTI offers a complementary study program that includes continuing education, discussion, and co-teaching formats, as well as an advanced course program leading to a certificate.

The following options are available for participating in ARRTI:

  • Academy Members: professors who are nominated as permanent academy members based on their scientific achievements and their reputations. Academy members are the multiplying factors in deepening the implementation of ARRTI topics at KIT. In collaboration with the ARRTI team—the staff and directors—academy members bring issues and experience from their various disciplines into ARRTI.
  • Research/Innovation Fellows: students and staff who participate for 12-24 months in a competitively awarded fellowship in the area of research or innovation, or working on an ARRTI-funded project.
  • Teaching Fellows: scientists at all levels who are involved in the transfer of knowledge and competencies for the attainment of responsibility through teaching.

ARRTI offers frequent formats in which topics of technology and research ethics are discussed in depth with academy members and fellows. We understand membership as participatory so that everyone can learn from each other. In this way, ARRTI itself can amplify ethical issues at KIT.

Verantwortung in der Produktentwicklung

Lecture Series


Date: Nov 2021 - Jan 2022

Die gesellschaftliche Verantwortung von Expert*innen



Date: 2021/07/06


Speaker: Alena Buyx (Vorsitzende des Deutschen Ethikrates)


Nuclear Future - Utopia or Nightmare

Do the benefits of nuclear energy outweigh the risks? 

Panel Discussion with audience participation


Date: 2020 / 12 / 01


Panel participants: Prof. Dr. A. Grunwald (KIT / ITAS), Dr. B. Taebi (TU Delft), Dr. T. W. Tromm (KIT / Energy Center), Dr. A. V. Wendland (Herder-Institut) and Prof. Dr. E. Umbach (KIT)

Automatisierte Systeme und Künstliche Intelligenz

ARRTI Kickoff-Meeting

Untergräbt die digitale Entwicklung unsere ethischen und verfassungsrechtlichen Fundamente?


Date: 2020 / 10 / 29


Speaker: Prof. Dr. Dr. Udo Di Fabio (Universität Bonn) and Prof. Dr. Dr. Rafaela Hillerbrand (KIT)