About

We are an initiative of scholars from the fields of science studies, the life and natural sciences, mathematics, sociology, and cultural anthropology, who use diverse research approaches to investigate various uses of DNA analyses: in research, biomedicine, by the state, or in police work. Some of us have been working together for years, but the current members of this initiative began this productive, interdisciplinary cooperation only in November 2016.

During our work on the open letter, our diverse expertise, research experiences, questions and perspectives complemented one another; it’s our common ground. To the extent that our point of views on the legislative process differ, we will make this clear in the“dialog” section.

Since the publication of our open letter (December 8th, 2016), our group has grown considerably.

Here you can find a current list of the scientists involved:

  • Prof. Dr. Veronika Lipphardt (Science Studies/History of Science), University College Freiburg (University Freiburg)
  • Prof. Dr. Anna Lipphardt (Cultural anthropology), Institute for Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology (University Freiburg)
  • Dr. Nicholas Buchanan (Science Studies/History of Science), University College Freiburg (University Freiburg)
  • Prof. Dr. Carsten Momsen (Law), Freie Universität Berlin
  • Dr. des. Anne-Christine Mupepele (Biological Statistics), University College Freiburg (University Freiburg)
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Pfaffelhuber (Statistics), Department of Mathematics/Stochastic Analysis (University Freiburg)
  • Dr. Tino Plümecke (Sociology/Science Studies), Institut for Sociology (University Basel)
  • Dr. Fabian Staubach (Population genetics), Institute for Biology (University Freiburg)
  • Dr. Mihai Surdu (Sociology/Social Studies), University College Freiburg (University Freiburg)
  • Dr. Victor Toom (Sociology/Social Studies), Institute for Sociology (Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main)
  • Dr. Thilo Weichert (Law, Political Sciences), Netzwerk Datenschutzexpertise, Kiel
  • Dr. Matthias Wienroth (Political Sciences/Social Studies), King’s College London

Advisory:

  • Prof. Dr. Anna Köttgen (Genetic Epidemiology, University Hospital Freiburg)
  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Lutz-Bonengel (Forensic Molecular Biology, University Hospital Freiburg)
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrike Schmidt (Forensic Medicine, University Hospital Freiburg)
  • Theresa Schredelseker M.Sc. (Institut für Biology, University Freiburg)

Student assistants:

  • Cedric Bradbury, Science and Technology Studies, University College (University Freiburg)
  • Sarah Weitz, Science and Technology Studies, University College Freiburg (University Freiburg)

Editorial Work blog and symposium organisation:

  • Dr. Barbara Sieferle, Cultural Anthropology, University Freiburg