The key aim of this initiative is to promote responsible and sustainable research as well as critical reflection on the benefits and risks associated with it. Particularly with regard to the exploration and implementation of new technologies, it is imperative that innovation and technical development not be the sole focus and that moral aspects are also considered right from the start.

Relevant questions are often identified in group discussions based on the criteria of ELSI—Ethical, Legal and Social Implications. Ethical implications relate, for example, to the limitation of autonomy, while legal aspects deal with issues such as data privacy and social implications take societal consequences into account.

Focusing on interdisciplinary research, all stakeholders should be involved in this discussion so that expertise from different perspectives and disciplines can be brought together and a holistic assessment can take place.

The challenge of such an assessment is that research is an ongoing process and not all relevant points can be considered in advance. Evaluations must therefore be dynamically adapted to the current state of research and continuously called into question. This solution-oriented approach enables responsible research to be carried out during the development of new technologies so that potential undesirable consequences can be identified and eliminated at an early stage.


Deutsche Telekom Award
Call for Tender: Deutsche Telekom Award

As part of the inaugural Deutsche Telekom Award: Ethik der Digitalisierung, ARRTI honors one scientific paper and one business plan each that address the following question:


How can AI help us take greater account of our ethical standards in everyday life, in politics and also in science? The awards are endowed with 5,000 euros each.


Detailed information on the call for entries can be found here.

Ethics in the Lab Workshopsmalllikeheart /
Ethic in the Labs: A Workshop for Junior Scientists

Always at the start of a semester, ARRTI offers a workshop for junior scientists on how to address moral challenges in their work.


The workshop provides general skills and knowledge of research ethics needed for scientists to address the questions raised above. Participants attain the skills to rationally reflect on their role as a scientist from an ethical standpoint, including the specific expectations that role involves in a broader social context. The workshop will show that successful research goes hand in hand with ethical and responsible research.


Watch for current dates in our calendar!

Podcast: Gute wissenschaftlichen Praxis in Zeiten der Ukraine-Krise

Wie sind die aktuellen Vorgaben der DFG und des BMBF in Bezug auf Kooperationen mit Russland insbesondere vor dem Hintergrund der Regeln guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis zu bewerten? Wie konsistent und weitsichtig sind diese Vorgaben, wenn Forschungsvorhaben mit Russland früher gepusht wurden und heute noch mit Ländern wie China vorangetrieben werden, die ein ähnliches oder vielleicht noch größeres Gefährdungspotential wie Russland aufweisen?


Gäste: Der Generalsekretär der Humboldt Stiftung, Enno Aufderheide, der Vizepräsident des KIT, Thomas Hirth, der Leiter der Abteilung Europäische und internationale Zusammenarbeit beim BMBF, Armin Reinartz, Mareike Ohlberg, Senior Fellow beim Asia Programm der German Marshall Fund, und andere.




A complete overview of all our events can be found here.


Name Title Job Description Portrait
Prof. Dr.  
Prof. Dr.  
M.A. Research challenge
Dr. phil. Project "Code of Ethics for Real-World Labs"
Dr. phil. Project "Research and Ethics - towards a structured approach for discussing ELSI problems"
Portrait Nikol Mukerji