The Ethics Commission at TU Darmstadt

The Ethics Commission at TU Darmstadt examines research proposals to determine whether they are acceptable on ethical grounds. Another task is to check whether research proposals are compliant with the university's Zivilklausel (Civil Clause).

The process is initiated by university researchers who submit an application and mainly applies to tests on humans or on samples taken from humans and to research involving personal data.

In addition, the Ethics Commission is tasked with ensuring that any assessments of acceptability it receives are compliant with TU Darmstadt’s Zivilklausel (Civil Clause) which states that its employees agree not to pursue research for military purposes.

The members of the Ethics Commission are appointed by the Senate and comprise representatives of all status groups. The duties and composition of the Ethics Commission are defined in the Statutes.

Meeting dates of the Ethics Commission in 2024
Meeting Submission of ethics applications to by
24 January 2024 12 January 2024
19 March 2024 7 March 2024
6 May 2024 24 April 2024
2 July 2024 19 June 2024
10 September 2024 28 August 2024
12 November 2024 31 October 2024
In accordance with the research profile of a university of technology, the Ethics Commission at TU Darmstadt has a broad interdisciplinary basis. To ensure that the Ethics Commission can work transparently and with responsibility for the entire university, all status groups are represented on the board. The members are nominated in consultation with the status groups and approved by the Senate.
Members Deputies
Professor Ulrich Brinkmann (FB 2)
Professor Matthias Hollick (FB 20)
Professor Josef Wiemeyer (FB 3)
Professorin Loes van Dam (FB 3)
Professor Ralf Galuske (FB 10)

Lou Wicka (FB 3)
David Brauch (FB 1)

Gabriel Drexler (FB 2)
Thomas Bangard (FB 7)
Academic Staff
Jessica Nixon (FB 2)

Christina Koller (FB 10)
Jan Welzenbach (FB 7)
Administrative & technical staff
Beate Laferi-Kobsa (FB 2)

Heidi Schweitzer (MPA)
Thomas Vogel (HRZ)
Claudia Galleguillos Pacheco (Dez. VI)

Jan Hansen (Dez. II)