The International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW), which was founded in 1990, is an interdisciplinary research centre at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. Here, researchers are part of the project "ethics in the sciences and humanities," which by its very nature directly addresses the question of responsibility in both research and teaching. The IZEW facilitates and promotes the dialogue between the natural sciences, the humanities and the social sciences with regard to ethical questions.
Research at the IZEW addresses issues such as genetic engineering on human beings, animals and plants as well as the topics of environmental ethics, security technologies, and fundamental questions of ethics in the sciences and humanities. A further point of interest is the transfer of information between research and teaching. The IZEW maintains one of the largest specialist libraries on the ethics of science in Europe.
IZEW’s methodological approach to ethics in the sciences and humanities has been successfully implemented in the practice of research, teaching and public communication. The IZEW is a beacon of the University of Tübingen and is highly regarded on both a national and international level. The IZEW consistently publishes a variety of high-quality research papers including a total of 55 doctoral dissertations.