Dr. Christiane Druml

UNESCO Chair on Bioethics (Medical University of Vienna)

Ethical implications of modern technologies

Brain-computer interfacing, neuromorphic chips, smart devices in healthcare, and other emerging technologies offer great promise, but they also raise serious ethical questions. What to do when an algorithm develops racism? Who is accountable for the “actions” of such technology? Is it okay to use machine learning based algorithms who’s “thought process” we do not understand?

Neuroethics is an interdisciplinary research area that focuses on ethical issues raised by our increased and constantly improving understanding of the brain and our ability to monitor and influence it, as well as on ethical issues that emerge from our concomitant deepening understanding of the biological bases of agency and ethical decision-making.

“I will take part in the panel discussion about ethical implications of modern technologies, the integration of ethics into design, development, and government of technology and how we can address ethical questions in research and clinic before it’s too late.”

Dr. Christiane Druml

Is chairholder of the UNESCO Chair on Bioethics at the Medical University of Vienna and Director of Ethics, Collections and History of Medicine of the Medical University of Vienna.

As a law graduate from the University of Vienna, Christiane Druml has been appointed as President of the Austrian National Bioethics Commission by the Austrian Federal Chancellor in 2007. In 2016 the Ludwig Boltzmann-Institute for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases has been founded where she has the function of Deputy Director and key researcher of the Bioethics Research Group.

Since April 2020 she is a member of the Corona Task Force of the Federal Minister of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection of the Republic of Austria and serves in many international functions.


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