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CELLS Teaching

CELLS members regularly offer courses in the following key areas:

  • biotechnology and health law (Hoppe)
  • ELSI* in the life sciences (Hoppe, Reydon)
  • enterprise responsibility and novel health technologies (Eklu-Natey)
  • ethics in science, esp. in the life sciences (Hoppe, Knab, Lohse, Reydon)
  • medical ethics (Hoppe, White)
  • philosophy of biology and biomedicine (Lohse, Knab, Reydon)
  • philosophy of law and social philosophy (Hoppe, Lohse)
  • philosophy of technology (Reydon)
  • political issues in biomedical research and its applications (Eklu-Natey, White)

* ELSI: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues

Courses (summer term)

The teaching language is German if not indicated otherwise.



  • Social Responsibility and Commercialisation on the Health Market 


  • CELLS Research Seminar (EN/DE)
  • PhD Seminar (EN/DE)


  • Animals in Research


    • Ethics for Students of the Life Sciences
    • Key Concepts in the Life Sciences (lecture series and seminar)
    • The Ethics of Agricultural Biotechnology and Food (EN)
    • The Problem of Induction


      • Markets and Morals (EN)
      • Personal Identity (EN)

      Future plans

      Curricula on ethical and legal aspects of the life sciences are currently being developed for a range of different target groups. It is a medium-term goal to provide certified courses for students and researchers at universities in Hannover and the region as well as for external institutions and for professional development purposes.