Institute for Science and Ethics (IWE)

The IWE is a central research unit of the University of Bonn. Core objective is to contribute to an ethical reflection of current developments in medicine, science, and technology in order to facilitate the responsible use of new potentials emerging in these fields of human activity.

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W 2 Professorship in Environmental Ethics

The primary objective of the new appointment is the development of an internationally competitive research programme in environmental ethics, with a focus on informing the applied sciences and public policy.

Application deadline: 11 January 2023
Call for papers
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Call for Papers

for the
Bonn Sustainable AI conference 2023: "Sustainable AI Across Borders"

Deadline for abstract submission: January 15th 2023
Conference: May 30th to June 1st 2023

COP 27
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Bonn Sustainable AI Lab at COP 27

The Sustainable AI Lab will host an interdisciplinary and interactive discussion exploring the ways AI is re-shaping common goods, such as public space and state-society relations.

The discussion takes place at COP 27 on 15 November 2022 at 14:30 and will be livestreamed on YouTube.

Aimee van Wynsberghe
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Prof. van Wynsberghe speaks about the risks of AI for Persons with Disabilities at the World's first G7 Global Inclusion Summit

The beginning of September saw the first ever G7 Global Inclusion Summit in Berlin, hosted by the Federal Government Commissioner for Matters relating to Persons with Disabilities. The aim of the summit was to work together to enable more participation for people with disabilities in the G7 countries and to tackle global challenges together, also from the perspective of inclusion.

Prof. van Wynsberghe was invited to give a keynote on the impact of artificial intelligence on persons with disabilities. She highlighted how disability studies and scholars are largely excluded from the AI bias debate although the use of AI often exacerbates the marginalisation of persons with disabilities.

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Bonn Sustainable AI Lab at Ars Electronica Festival

The Bonn Sustainable AI Lab team was very excited to travel to Austria for one of the most important festivals for digital art: Ars Electronica. The festival took place from 7-11 September 2022 in Linz, Austria, and focussed on the interlinkages between art, technology and society.

At the festival, the ArtScience Residency’s winner Irakli Sabekia presented his ‘Archive of Spatial Knowledge’, the artwork he created in the framework of the residency with the Sustainable AI Lab.

Aimee van Wynsberghe and Irakli Sabekia participated in the panel “Residency. But How?” and shared their experiences with the residency programme.

Click the link below for more information including a video of the panel.

Aimee van Wynsberghe
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Alexander von Humboldt Professorship for Artificial Intelligence 2021

Aimee van Wynsberghe is the Alexander von Humboldt Professor for Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Sustainable AI Conference 2021
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Launch of the Bonn Sustainable AI Lab

The Sustainable AI Lab is a space for excellent researchers from different fields to work, collaborate, and brainstorm about the environmental, social, and economic costs of designing, developing, and using AI across society.

A short clip of the lab launch is available on YouTube.

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Researching Ethical AI

Stiftung Mercator awards €3.8 Million to the Universities of Bonn and Cambridge
Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming society as algorithms increasingly impact access to jobs and insurance, justice, medical treatments, as well as our daily interactions with friends and family. As these technologies race ahead, we are starting to see unintended social consequences: algorithms that promote everything from racial bias in healthcare to the misinformation eroding faith in democracies. To ensure AI supports core human values, the German philanthropic foundation Stiftung Mercator has awarded a €3.8 million grant to a collaboration between the Universities of Bonn and Cambridge.

Click here for more information.

Interviews, panels and podcasts with Aimee van Wynsberghe

On the following page you will find a selection of interviews with Prof. Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe from the last two years.

Partnership UNFCCC

The Sustainable AI Lab is partnering with the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to raise awareness on the topic of Sustainable AI

Sustainable AI Conference 2023

The second Sustainable AI Conference will take place from 30 May to 1 June 2023.

Sustainable AI Conference 2021

The University of Bonn launched the world's first International conference on the topic of "Sustainable AI" in June 2021.

The whole conference is now available on YouTube.

Data Pollution & Power
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Data Pollution & Power - Initiative

The Data Pollution & Power (DPP) Initiative explores the power dynamics that shape the data pollution of AI across the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We examine the data of AI as a human and natural resource in data eco-systems of power and consider actions and governance approaches that are intrinsically interrelated in systems of power and interests. The initiative is led by the independent senior researcher Gry Hasselbalch.
It is set up at the Bonn University’s Institute for Science and Ethics’ Sustainable AI Lab.


Institut für Wissenschaft und Ethik 


+49 228 / 73-8100


Institut für Wissenschaft und Ethik
Bonner Talweg 57
53113 Bonn

Sustainable AI Lab


+49 228 / 73-8120


Institut für Wissenschaft und Ethik
Sustainable AI Lab
Bonner Talweg 57
53113 Bonn

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