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Working Group Research Ethics

The Research Ethics Working Group of the German Data Forum aimed at a more comprehensive and interdisciplinary understanding of the principles of research ethics and review procedures in German social and economic research. For this purpose, the group has developed recommendations on how to initiate the emergence of a new infrastructure comprised of local ethics commissions, which are embedded into a harmonised comprehensive concept for ethical reflexivity in research and build on existing structures, codes and international developments.

Status: The working group's tasks have been completed.


  • Prof. Dr. Gert G. Wagner
    German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), German Data Forum member
  • Stefan Bender (Vice Chair)
    Deutsche Bundesbank, Vice Chair of German Data Forum


  • Prof. Dr. Lisa Bruttel
    University of Potsdam
  • Lea Eilers
    Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung
  • Dr. Jan Goebel
    German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)
  • Prof. Dr. Steffen Huck
    Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), University College London
  • Dr. Eckard Kämper
    German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Dr. Cornelia Lange
    Robert Koch-Institut (RKI), German Data Forum member
  • Prof. Regina T. Riphahn, Ph.D.
    University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of German Data Forum
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Daniel Strech
    CELLS - Center for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences, Hannover
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Strübing
    Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, German Data Forum member
  • Prof. Dr. Hella von Unger
    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)
  • PD Dr. Erich Weichselgartner
    Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information (ZPID)


  • Prof. Dr. Notburga Ott
    Ruhr University Bochum
  • Bertram Raum
    Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI)