Prof. Silke Schicktanz, PhD





Professional Positions


Since 2014: Nominated by the faculty as Working Group Leader

Since 2010: Full Professor (W2) for Cultural and Ethical Studies of Biomedicine, University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany

Since 2011: Deputy director of the Institute of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine

2011: Adjunct Professor for Philosophy, San Francisco State University

2006–2010 Associate Professor (Junior-Professor) for History, Theory, Ethics in Medicine, University Medical Center Göttingen

2004 –2005 Senior Researcher, University of Münster, Institute for Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine

2002–2003 Post-Doc-Position / Research Fellow, Max-Delbrück-Centrum for Molecular Medicine, RG Bioethics and Science Communication

2001–2002 Project Leader: First nation-wide citizens conference on genetic testing

at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden




1/2002 Doctor rerum naturalium (PhD) in Ethics of Life Science, University Tübingen, Germany with highest honours (summa cum laude)

1991–1997 Studies in Biology and Philosophy at the University Tübingen, Germany. grade: excellent (1.0)




2001 Award of the German Academy of Medical Ethics 

2002 Reinhold-und-Maria-Teufel-Award: best PhD thesis

2010 Invited Research Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advance Studies, Delhi India 

2011-12  Feodor-Lynen Fellowship of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation

2015 Senior Fellow in Residence at the Alfried Krupp Institute for Advanced Study, Greifswald


Current Publications with project relevance:


I have published 2 books, 16 volumes, and currently are more than 75 peer review articles published/accepted. Among them:


Leibing A. & S. Schicktanz 2020: Preventing Dementia? Critical Perspectives on a New Paradigm of Preparing for Old Age, Berghahn N.Y. (in press), 248 pages

Schweda, M., Pfaller L., Bauer, K., Adloff, F., Schicktanz, S. (eds.) (2017). Planning Later Life. Bioethics and Public Health in Ageing Societies, Routledge.

Raz, A. & Schicktanz, S. (2016). Comparative Empirical Bioethics: Dilemmas of Genetic Testing and Euthanasia in Israel and Germany. Springer Brief in ethics.


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