Prof. Dr. Matthias Braun

Chair for Social Ethics  

Since winter 2022 Matthias Braun is leading the department of social ethics and ethics of emerging technologies at the University of Bonn.

PI SFB 1483 EmpkinS

Since September 2021, a team of engineers, physicians, ethicists, sports scientists and psychologists is conducting research together as part of a collaborative research center funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

ERC Grantee

Matthias Braun has been awarded with an ERC Starting Grant (2023-2028)

Short Bio

  • 2016: PhD (summa cum laude)
  • 2019: Research Fellow at the University of Bergen
  • Since 2021: Head of a junior research group at the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • 2021: Research Fellow at the University of Maastricht, 
  • Since 2021: Principal Investigator SFB 1483 (EmpkinS)
  • Since 2022: Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, The Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
  • Since winter semester 2022/23: Full professor for social ethics at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn
  • 2023 ERC Starting Grant SIMTWIN
  • 2023 Falling Walls Award "Social Science and Humanities"
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© Volker Lannert/Universität Bonn

Research Focus

  • Ethics of artificial intelligence
  • Ethics of emerging technologies (in particular: synthetic biology, genome editing, stem cell research)
  • Political ethics (democracy, rule of law, civil society)
  • Recognition and vulnerability as topics of (theological) ethics
  • Solidarity and Justice
  • Ethics of psychological deviance


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Get to know Matthias Braun

Matthias Braun heads the Department of (Social) Ethics. 

After studying biology and Protestant theology, he initially worked as a research assistant at Philipps University of Marburg, conducted research as part of the `MaxSynBio` excellence project jointly funded by the Max Planck Society and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and was a Research Fellow at the University of Bergen, Maastricht University and at the University of Oxford. Until September 2022, he led the junior research group "Ethics and Governance of New Technologies" at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg. In his doctoral thesis, Matthias Braun dealt with social-anthropological and theological-ethical issues in dealing with psychological deviance. In this work, he developed a model of intersubjective recognition that simultaneously takes into account the fundamental vulnerability of human beings and asks for concrete possibilities to shape existing structures and ways of existence. His work has received several awards (DFG, Staedtler Foundation) and has been published by Mohr-Siebeck.

Matthias Braun's research addresses questions of political ethics (the relationship between democracy, civil society and the rule of law) as well as the ethical and governance challenges of new technologies (in particular: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Genome Editing). Matthias Braun has published numerous articles in high-impact scientific journals and has been invited to give numerous national and international lectures and talks. In addition, he has been awarded with an ERC Starting Grant and is Principal Investigator in the Collaborative Research Center "EmpkinS", funded by the German Research Foundation, as well as leader of several other research projects.


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