Research plays a fundamental role in ensuring progress. Freedom of research, which is enshrined in the German Basic Law, is a fundamental requirement in this respect. Yet free research is also associated with risks. These risks can only be covered to a limited extent by legal regulations and result primarily from the danger of useful […]
Aspects of security-relevant research and related ethical issues are increasingly coming into focus, among other things due to advances in research on artificial intelligence and pandemic pathogens, as well as scientific entanglements with states in which human rights violations and other violations of rule-of-law principles are observed. This is reflected in the fourth Progress Report […]
The information brochure is dedicated to the most important questions about dealing with security-related research in Germany. It gives an initial insight into relevant subject areas, the importance and structure of the committes for ethics in security-related research and the legal framework and funding. It describes case studies and illustrates how ethical aspects of security-related research can be anchored […]
These guidelines apply to project proposals under the Research Grants, Emmy Noether, Research Units, Clinical Research Units and Priority Programmes. In point 4.1.5, the DFG requests applicants to check their project for security-relevant aspects and to consult a KEF where necessary.
The compliance with ethical principles in security-relevant research receives internationally increasing attention. In particular, aspects of export control and research cooperation with foreign partners are in the focus of German politics and research funding. Security-relevant research risks continue to develop dynamically, for example through new synergies of different disciplines such as research on artificial intelligence, […]
The key questions were compiled by the Joint Committee on the Handling of Security-Relevant Research based on the KEFs’ feedback on their work from 2016–2019, published checklists and guidelines on research risks. The Joint Committee believes that the respective responses of researchers and KEFs and the consequences derived from them for the work in question […]
The conference format ‘Crossing Boundaries in Science’ of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina is meant to stimulate discussions between areas of research that are particularly dependent on new forms of interdisciplinary cooperation and method transfer. The first international conference, entitled ‘Modelling Nature and Society – Can We Control the World?’ took place in […]
The aim of the Code of the German Research Foundation (DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) is to enable the intended audience – researchers as well as heads of universities and non-university research institutions – to align their internal structures, processes and actions with the guidelines for good research practice. The intention is to create a deeply rooted […]
The scientific freedom protected by the German Basic Law is a prerequisite for the progress and prosperity of society. However, free research is also associated with risks resulting from the fact that useful research results and methods can be abused, for example as weapons of war or as a means of criminal or terrorist activities. According […]
The report presents current debates and developments in the field of security-relevant research (Chapters A 2 & A 4). Furthermore, the framework conditions for the funding of security-relevant research by the DFG and the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 are discussed (Chapter A 4). In addition, the status and specific strategies […]
From 11 to 13 October 2017, the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) held a workshop on the latest advances in genome editing and their societal implications. The workshop was organised by the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) and Leopoldina.
This progress report begins with a summary in Chapter A of the developments leading up to the establishment of the Joint Committee on the Handling of Security-Relevant Research by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in November 2014. Chapter B reports on the tasks of the […]
The model statutes are designed to provide assistance in establishing KEFs (Committees for Ethics in Security-Relevant Research) at German universities, research institutes and research associations.
Influenza outbreaks cause significant burden to public health. The inability to predict which specific virus subtypes will trigger the next influenza pandemic emphasizes the need to address gaps in the knowledge required to manage future pandemics. Research, including the study of virus transmissibility, host range, resistance, immunogenicity, pathogenicity and virulence, is critical to fill many […]
Joint Statement of the German Research Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering, and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities. Modern molecular techniques often referred to as “genome editing” or “genome surgery” are currently revolutionising molecular biology research. Technologies such as CRISPR-Cas9 allow […]
1st version, updated 2022. Research plays a fundamental role in ensuring progress. Freedom of research, which is enshrined in the German Basic Law, is a fundamental requirement in this respect. Yet free research is also associated with risks. These risks result primarily from the danger of useful research findings being misused (known as the dual […]