Innovation and ethics
Ethics means reflecting on moral concepts and beliefs in a methodological, critical and systematic way. The need for moral self-assurance is often felt only when we encounter different cultures and forms of life, as well as in times of social and scientific change. This is why in particular applied research, which drives groundbreaking innovations and future technologies with a broad impact on society, must be embedded in a culture of trust, fairness and sustainability. Innovation and ethics are hence not a contradiction in terms of a “driving” and a “braking” force – they are both prerequisites for the economic and social success of any research project.
Ethics in Fraunhofer research
Ethics therefore plays an important role in research at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Addressing questions of ethics and scientific responsibility is relevant for both the orientation of research and the research work itself as well as for the handling of research results. The following is an overview of the various ethical issues, guidelines and points of contact.