Johann Roduit

Dr. Johann A R Roduit is the current Managing Director of the Center for Medical Humanities at the University of Zurich and a Senior Researcher at the Collegium Helveticum (at ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich). He is also a founding member of NeoHumanitas, a think tank fostering discussion about future and emerging technologies.

In 2014, he defended a doctoral thesis entitled: Living up to the ideal human? The role of the notion of perfection in the debate regarding the ethics of human enhancement. This research was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

He has been working at the Institute for Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University of Zurich since 2010. Since 2014, he has been the scientific coordinator for the project: The goal of this SNFS project is to educate, inform and dialogue with high school students about bioethical issues regarding the use of emerging technologies.

In 2013 and 2014, he was an academic visitor at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, thanks to a research fellowship from the SNSF. In 2015 and 2016, he was a visiting researcher at the University of Calgary, thanks to an International Short Visit fellowship from the SNSF. Johann has recently been selected as a Brocher Foundation visiting researcher for the spring of 2018. He will spend two months (March & April) working on his next book at the Brocher Centre in Geneva.

His research interests include human enhancement, moral enhancement, bioethics, transhumanism, virtue ethics, human dignity, the ethics of Big Data, personalized medicine, the ethics of AI, and philosophical anthropology.

In 2017, he received a DIPEX certificate by the Nuffield department of Primary Care Health Sciences of the University of Oxford, after being trained to conduct qualitative research into people’s personal experiences of health and illness.

A regular columnist in different newspapers, he has presented his work in various international conferences, as well as in different media. His research has also been published in different scientific journals (Bioethics, Bioethica Forum, Revue Médical Suisse, Schweizerische Ärztezeitung, Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, and the Journal of Medical Ethics).

Finally, he has been involved in various science communication initiatives. He has co-founded neurhone: connecteur d’idées, a non-profit organization that organizes TEDxMartigny, the Carnotzets Scientifiques, and the FuckUp Nights in Valais, Switzerland. Alongside these initiatives, Johann has taken part in different science communication workshops offered by the SNSF and the University of Zurich (Science Communication Writing Workshop, How to communicate science to the public, and Media Training for researchers).

Johann Roduit | 12 Aug 2017 |
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