1. Health care and economy

  • Allocation of resources
  • Hospitals and economy
  • Nurseries and economy

2. Old age, end of life and palliative care

  • Ageing
  • Dementia
  • End-of-life decisions
  • Withdrawal of therapies
  • Palliative care and hospice work

3. Reproductive medicine, biotechnology and transplantation

  • Artificial insemination
  • Prenatal and preimplantation diagnosis
  • Predictive diagnosis and risk communication
  • Epigenetics
  • Nano medicine
  • Organ and tissue donation, living donor transplantation

4. Ethics consultation services in hospitals and nurseries

  • Ethics committees, ethics case consultation
  • Ethics and pastoral care
  • Ethics and paediatrics


In the four thematic topics we address the issues of health, illness and disablement, body and mind, faith and spirituality, as well as medicine and technology.