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ISTA Lecture Young Lounge: Alena Buyx

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  • teachers
  • 14-19 years
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ISTA Central Building, Error Bar (Pub)

ISTA Lectures bring top-class speakers from the world of science to Klosterneuburg. As a highschool student aged 14 and up, you can meet the speakers in person before their lecture by joining the ISTA Lecture Young Lounge.

What to expect:

  • a discussion with the presenter and other young people in a relaxed atmosphere (German/English depending on the group composition) before the lecutre
  • the opportunity to ask your questions about the research topic and the speaker
  • an English-language lecture by a world-class scientist

What we expect of you:

  • you attend both the Young Lounge and the ISTA Lecture right after (17 h – ca. 18.30 h)
  • you read the preparation material that you will receive in advance by e-mail and think about what you want to ask the speaker
  • you are able to follow an English-language lecture

About the speaker and the topic


Between hope and hype – ethical aspects of generative AI


Generative AI (ChatGPT, Midjourney, etc.) has exploded into the world and suddenly, both – doom scenarios as well as utopian visions – are being hotly discussed in talk shows, on the news and at dinner tables. While ethicists are delighted that the implications of wider AI use have found their way into wider public debate, these discussions should benefit from longstanding work on the ethical and social aspects of AI. Ethics and other related fields have long discussed ways to use and integrate AI into individual lifeworlds and society responsively. This talk offers an overview of ethical issues and discusses advantages, risks and ways forward in using AI for individual and social good.


Alena Buyx is Professor of Ethics in Medicine and Health Technologies and Director of the Institute of History and Ethics in Medicine at the Technical University of Munich. She has previously held appointments at the University of Kiel, University of Münster, Harvard University, and University College London; and she was Assistant Director of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, London.

Professor Buyx is a medical doctor with postgraduate degrees in philosophy and sociology. Her research spans the whole field of biomedical and public health ethics, with a particular focus on ethics of medical innovation and health technologies, research ethics, questions of solidarity and justice, and novel participatory approaches in biomedicine and beyond. In addition to research and teaching, Professor Buyx is active in the political and regulatory aspects of biomedical ethics. She has been the chair of the German Ethics Council since 2020.


Registration for highschool students

Registration for the ISTA Lecture Young Lounge is open to high school students aged 14 and up. Places are limited.

Write us with your name, name of your school, age, and in 1-2 sentences why you want to come to the Young Lounge with Alena Buyx!

After successful registration, you will receive a confirmation email.

Register (e-mail)

Registration for teachers with small groups

Registration for the ISTA Lecture Young Lounge is also open to teachers with small groups (1-3 students 14 years and older). Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please write us with your name, number (1-3) and school level or age of the students, and name of your school.

After successful registration, you will receive a confirmation email.

Register (e-mail)

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Magdalena Steinrück

Develops activities for the next generation of scientists