Prof. Dr. med. Alena M. Buyx, M. A. phil., FRSA

Professorin für Medizinethik


Direktorin des Instituts für Geschichte und Ethik der Medizin

Lehrstuhl für Ethik der Medizin und Gesundheitstechnologien



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Alena Buyx is Professor of Ethics in Medicine and Health Technologies and Director of the Institute of History and Ethics in Medicine at Technical University Munich. She has previously held appointments at the University of Kiel, University of Münster; Harvard University, and University College London; and she was Assistant Director of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, London.

Professor Buyx is a medical doctor with postgraduate degrees in philosophy and sociology. Her research spans the whole field of biomedical and public health ethics, with a particular focus on ethics of medical innovation and health technologies, research ethics, questions of solidarity and justice in contexts such as public health and health care provision, and novel participatory approaches in biomedicine and beyond. She has expertise in theoretical ethical analysis as well as in empirical, mixed-methods approaches and policy development. She is keen on interdisciplinary approaches and collaborates regularly with clinical colleagues as well as with public health professionals, political and social scientists, philosophers, lawyers or health economists.

As a PI, Professor Buyx has been awarded over 3 million Euros over the last five years for dedicated ethics research. Her work is published in high-ranking journals, such as Science, BMJ, GiM or Bioethics. She is an award-winning teacher of medical and life science students, early career researchers, clinicians and health professionals. In addition to research and teaching, Professor Buyx is active in the political and regulatory aspects of biomedical ethics, sitting on a number of high-level national and international ethics bodies concerned with policy development and implementation, and consulting for various international research consortia and policy initiatives. She has been a member of the German Ethics Council since 2016 and a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing (2019-2021). In 2020 she was admitted to the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina as a member of the Epistemology Section. 


Professional service and functions (selection)
  • Chair of the German Ethics Council (since 2020)
  • Member of the Bavarian AI Council (since 2020)
  • Member of the WHO Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing (2019-2021)
  • Scientific Ambassador of the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (since 2019)
  • Co-Director (non-executive) Centre for Solidarity Studies, University Vienna (since 2018)
  • Member of the German Medical Association National Ethics Commission (2013-2016)
  • Member of the Scientific Board of the European Forum (2016-2019)
  • Advisor to Ministry of Food and Agriculture (2015-2016)
  • Independent Ethics Advisor of Horizon 2020-Consortia DynaHealth (Tulo Finland), SysMedPD (Luxemburg), EMBRYOandLATERHEALTH (Rotterdam), LifeCycle (Rotterdam)


CV und Publikationsverzeichnis