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Joint Committee on the Handling of Security-Relevant Research

Joint Committee on the Handling of Security-Relevant Research

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The Joint Committee was established by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Leopoldina to raise awareness amongst researchers of dual-use issues in security-relevant research and to further develop and foster both a responsible approach to security-relevant research and self-governance within the research community. The Committee advances the implementation of the recommendations on “Scientific Freedom and Scientific Responsibility” issued by the DFG and Leopoldina.

The work of the Joint Committee is focussed on promoting the establishment of Committees for Ethics in Security-Relevant Research at the individual German research institutions and on guiding their work. The Joint Committee provides assistance in dealing with questions on related issues and serves as a platform to share experience.

Members of the Joint Committee

The Joint Committee comprises scientists from various disciplines and institutions appointed by the presidiums of the DFG and Leopoldina in mutual agreement. At least one member is an expert on ethical issues and one on legal issues. The Joint Committee is headed jointly by the vice president of the DFG and the Leopoldina or by representatives appointed by the presidiums.


  • Prof. Dr. Britta Siegmund ML, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Medical Director of the Medical Department, Division of Gastroenterology, Infectiology and Rheumatology, representative of the DFG Presidium
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Lengauer ML, Max Planck Institute Informatik, representative of the Leopoldina Presidium

Other members

  • Prof. Dr. Stephan Becker ML, Institute of Virology, Philipps-Universität Marburg
  • Prof. Dr. Alfons Bora, Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University
  • Dr. Una Jakob, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
  • Prof. Dr. Frank Kirchner, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
  • Prof. Dr. Anika Klafki, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena Faculty of Law
  • Prof. Dr. Felicitas Krämer, University of Potsdam, Department of Philosophy
  • Prof. Dr. Florian Kraus, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Department of Chemistry
  • Prof. Dr. Lars Schaade, Robert Koch Institute Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Judith Simon, Universität Hamburg, Professor for Ethics in Information Technology
  •  Prof. Dr. Jochen Taupitz ML, University of Mannheim, Faculty of Law and Economics

ML = Member of the Leopoldina



Dr. Johannes Fritsch

Head of Office of the Joint Committee for the Handling of Security-Relevant Research

Phone 0160 9121 2676
Fax 030 - 241 8987 - 477
E-Mail johannes.fritsch (at)leopoldina.org



Dr. Anita Krätzner-Ebert

Scientific Officer of the Joint Committee for the Handling of Security-Relevant Research

Phone 0175 - 2933935
Fax 030 - 241 8987 - 477
E-Mail anita.kraetzner-ebert (at)leopoldina.org

Dr. Ingrid Ohlert

Contact at the German Research Foundation

phone: +49 (0) 228 - 885 2258

fax: +49 (0) 228 - 885 713 320

email: ingrid.ohlert(at)dfg.de