Professor for Ethics and Theory of Medicine
University of Cologne
Prof. Woopen is Head of the Research Unit Ethics and Vice Dean for Academic Development and Gender at the Medical Faculty of the University of Cologne. She received her medical degree from University of Bonn and worked in gynecology and obstetrics before focusing on bioethics. She is Executive Director of the Cologne Center for Ethics, Rights, Economics, and Social Sciences of Health (Ceres). Ceres was founded in 2013 as one of the first research centers in Germany specifically dealing with interdisciplinary approaches to conduct and foster integrative research in the area of health. Prof. Woopen is the coordinator and leader of several international and national research projects concerning ethical aspects of reproductive medicine, neuro-ethics, quality of life, ageing, digital autonomy and genome editing. She is also the former chair of the German Ethics Council, president of the 11th Global Summit of National Ethics/Bioethics Committees 2016 and, amongst other boards, a member of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO. In April 2017 she was appointed as Chair of the European Group on Ethics of Science and New Technologies and in July 2018 was appointed as co-speaker of the Data Ethics Commission of the Federal Government of Germany.