Meet Christiane Woopen, Hertz Professorship for Life Ethics at the University of Bonn, Founding Director of the Center for Life Ethics and Member of the the Virchow Foundation for Global Health Board of Trustees
Christiane Woopen is a Heinrich Hertz Professor of “Life Ethics – Individuals, Institutions and Societies” at the University of Bonn and Founding Director of the Center for Life Ethics since October 2021. Previously, she was Professor of Ethics and Theory of Medicine at the University of Cologne, where she was Founding Director of the Interfaculty Cologne Centre for Ethics, Rights, Economics, and Social Sciences of Health (ceres). In addition to leading national and international research projects, she is involved in policy advocacy.
From your perspective, why is engagement and awareness raising for global health important?
Social inequalities have a major influence on health. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened these inequalities. Engaging in global health means contributing to a better world.
How are you committed to engaging in global health topics within your current professional role and activities?
As member of the oversight panel of the COVID-19 scenarios project of the International Science Council, I contribute the ethical perspective in this highly interdisciplinary project.
How do you hope to achieve greater awareness and engagement for global health in your new role at the Virchow Foundation for Global Health? How can the Virchow Prize for Global Health help to increase awareness?
I hope that through networking and public outreach we, as ambassadors, can foster awareness for the importance of global health and contribute to fight social inequalities regarding access to good healthcare.