Elisabeth Hildt

  • Professor of Philosophy
  • Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions

Elisabeth Hildt is interested in philosophical and ethical aspects of science and technology. Her research focuses on bioethics, ethics & technology, neurophilosophy, neuroethics, and ethical aspects of Artificial Intelligence.

After having completed her studies in biochemistry, she became a fellow of the post-graduate program Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities at the University of Tübingen, where she did her doctorate writing a thesis on personal identity issues in neural grafting. Afterwards, she was the scientific coordinator of the interdisciplinary project European Network for Biomedical Ethics. After several years of post-doctoral experience at the University of Munich she was an assistant professor at the Chair for Ethics in the Life Sciences at the University of Tübingen. From 2008 to summer 2014, Elisabeth Hildt was the head of the Research Group on Neuroethics/Neurophilosophy at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Mainz.


Habilitation, University of Tübingen 
Ph.D., University of Tübingen
Diploma Biochemistry, University of Tübingen

Research Interests


Ethics & Technology



Research ethics

Ethical and social aspects of genetics

Science in society


Mirghaderi, L., Sziron, M., Hildt, E.: "Investigating user perceptions of commercial virtual assistants: A qualitative study", Frontiers in Psychology 13:944714, 2022. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.944714. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.944714/full

Hildt, E., Laas, K., Miller, C.Z., Taylor, S.: "Student views on the culture of STEM research laboratories: Results from an interview study", Accountability in Research, 2022: https://doi.org/10.1080/08989621.2022.2109018.

Zicari, R.V., Amann, J., Bruneault, F., Coffee, M.,  Düdder, B., Hickman, E.,  Gallucci, A., Gilbert, T.K., Hagendorff, T., van Halem, I., Hildt, E., Kararigas, G., Kringen, P., Madai, V.I., Mathez, E.W., Tithi, J.J., Vetter, D.,  Westerlund, M., Wurth, R.: "How to Assess Trustworthy AI in Practice", 2022, https://arxiv.org/abs/2206.09887.

Allahabadi, H., Amann, J., Balot, I., Beretta, A., Binkley, C., Bozenhard, J., Bruneault, F., Brusseau, J., Candemir, S., Cappellini, L.A., Chakraborty, S., Cherciu, N., Cociancig, C., Coffee, M., Ek, I., Espinosa-Leal, L., Farina, D., Fieux-Castagnet, G., Frauenfelder, T., Gallucci, A., Giuliani, G., Golda, A., van Halem, I., Hildt, E., Holm, S., Kararigas, G., Krier, S.A., Kühne, U., Lizzi, F., Madai, V.I., Markus, A.F., Masis, S., Mathez, E.W., Mureddu, F., Neri, E., Osika, W., Ozols, M., Panigutti, C., Parent, B., Pratesi, F., Moreno-Sánchez, P.A. Sartor, G., Savardi, M., Signoroni, A., Sormunen, H., Spezzatti, A., Srivastava, A., Stephansen, A.F., Theng, L.B., Tithi, J.J., Tuominen, J., Umbrello, S., Vaccher, F., Vetter,D., Westerlund, M., Wurth, R., Zicari, R.V.: "Assessing Trustworthy AI in times of COVID-19. Deep Learning for predicting a multi-regional score conveying the degree of lung compromise in COVID-19 patients“, IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society, DOI: 10.1109/TTS.2022.3195114, 2022. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9845195

Hildt, E.: "A conceptual approach to the right to mental integrity", in: López-Silva, P., Valera, L. (eds): Protecting the Mind. Challenges in Law, Neuroprotection, and Neurorights, Springer, 2022, 87-97. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-94032-4#toc

Laas, K., Davis, M., Hildt, E. (eds): Codes of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines. Emerging Technologies, Changing Fields, Springer, 2022. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-86201-5#toc

Hildt, E., Laas, K.: "Informed Consent in Digital Data Management", in: Laas, K., Davis, M., Hildt, E. (eds): Codes of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines. Emerging Technologies, Changing Fields, Springer, 2022, 55-82. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-86201-5_4

Laas, K., Hildt, E., Wu, Y.: "Mentions of Ethics Codes in Social Media: A Twitter Analysis", in: Laas, K., Davis, M., Hildt, E. (eds): Codes of Ethics and Ethical Guidelines. Emerging Technologies, Changing Fields, Springer, 2022, 193-210. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-86201-5_11

Hildt, E.: "What Sort of Robots Do We Want to Interact With? Reflecting on the Human Side of Human-Artificial Intelligence Interaction", Frontiers in Computer Science 3:671012, 2021. doi: 10.3389/fcomp.2021.671012.

Hildt, E.: Affective Brain-Computer Music Interfaces – Drivers and Implications, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 15:711407, 2021. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2021.711407.

Zicari, R.V., Ahmed, S., Amann, J., Braun, S.A., Brodersen, J., Bruneault, F., Brusseau, J., Campano, E., Coffee, M., Dengel, A., Düdder, B., Gallucci, A., Gilbert, T.K., Gottfrois, P., Goffi, E., Haase, C.B., Hagendorff, T., Hickman, E., Hildt, E., Holm, S., Kringen, P., Kühne, U., Lucieri, A., Madai, V.I., Moreno Sánchez, P.A., Medlicott, O., Ozols, M., Schnebel, E., Spezzati, A., Tithi, J.J., Umbrello, S., Vetter, D., Volland, H., Westerlund, M., Wurth, R.: "Co-design of a Trustworthy AI System in Healthcare: Deep Learning based Skin Lesion Classifier", Front. Hum. Dyn., 3:688152, 2021. doi: 10.3389/fhumd.2021.688152.

Zicari, R.V., Brusseau, J., Blomberg, S.N., Christensen, H.C., Coffee, M., Ganapini, M.B., Gerke, S., Gilbert, T.K., Hickman, E., Hildt, E., Holm, S., Kühne, U., Madai, V.I., Osika, W., Spezzati, A., Schnebel, E., Tithi, J.J., Vetter, D., Westerlund, M., Wurth, R., Amann, J., Antun, V., Beretta, V., Bruneault, F., Campano, E., Düdder, B., Gallucci, A., Goffi, E., Haase, C.B., Hagendorff, T., Kringen, P., Möslein, F., Ottenheimer, D., Ozols, M., Palazzani, L., Petrin, M., Tafur, K., Tørresen, J., Volland, H., Kararigas, G.: "On Assessing Trustworthy AI in Healthcare. Machine Learning as a Supportive Tool to Recognize Cardiac Arrest in Emergency Calls", Front. Hum. Dyn 3:673104, 2021. doi: 10.3389/fhumd.2021.673104.

Laas, K., Taylor, S., Miller, C.Z., Brey, E.M., Hildt, E.: "Views on Ethical Issues in Research Labs: a University-Wide Survey", Accountability in Research, 2021.

Holtzman, G. Hildt, E. (eds): Does Neuroscience Have Normative Implications?, Springer: Dordrecht, 2020.

Hildt, E., Laas, K., Sziron, M.: "Editorial: Shaping Ethical Futures in Brain-based and Artificial Intelligence Research", Science and Engineering Ethics 26(5): 2371-2379, 2020.

Bard, I., Hildt, E. (eds): Ethical Dimensions of Commercial and DIY Neurotechnologies, Elsevier, 2020.

Hildt, E.: "Multi-Person Brain-To-Brain Interfaces: Ethical Issues", Frontiers in Neuro­science 13:1177, 2019. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2019.01177.

Hildt, E., Laas, K., Miller, C., Taylor, S., Brey, E.M.: "Empowering Graduate Students to Address Ethics in Research Environments", Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 28(3): 542-550, 2019.

Hildt, E.: "Artificial Intelligence: Does Consciousness Matter?",Frontiers in Psychology 10:1535, 2019, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01535.

Sziron, M., Hildt, E.: "Digital Media, the Right to an Open Future, and Children 0 to 5", Frontiers in Psychology 9:2137, 2018, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02137.

Bard, I., Gaskell, G., Allansdottir, A., da Cunha, R.V. , Eduard, P., Hampel, J., Hildt, E., Hofmaier, C., Kronberger, N., Laursen, S., Meijknecht, A., Nordal, S., Quintanilha, A., Revuelta, G., Saladié, N., Sándor, J., Santos, J.B., Seyringer, S., Singh, I., Somson, H., Toonders, W., Torgerson, H., Torre, V., Varju, M., Zwart, H.: "Bottom Up Ethics – Neuroenhancement in Education and Employment", Neuroethics 11, 2018, 309-322.

Leefmann, J., Hildt, E. (eds): The Human Sciences after the Decade of the Brain, Elsevier: Amsterdam, 2017.

Gaskell, G., Bard, I., Allansdottir, A., Vieira da Cunha, R., Eduard, P., Hampel, J., Hildt, E., Hofmaier, C., Kronberger, N., Laursen, S., Meijknecht, A., Nordal, S., Quintanilha, A., Revuelta, G., Saladié, N., Sándor, J., Borlido Santos, J., Seyringer, S., Singh, I., Somson, H., Toonders, W., Torgerson, H., Torre, V., Varju, M., Zwart, H.: "Public views on gene editing and its uses", Nature Biotechnology 35, 2017, 1021-1023.

Leefmann, J., Levallois, C., Hildt, E.: "Neuroethics 1995-2012. A Bibliometric Analysis of the Guiding Themes of an Emerging Research Field,"Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 10:336, 2016.

Hildt, E.: "Human germline interventions—think first,Frontiers in Genetics 7:81, 2016.

Hildt, E.: "What will this do to me and my brain? Ethical issues in brain-to-brain interfacing,"Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, Vol. 9 Art. 17, 2015.

Hildt, E., Lieb, K., Bagusat, C., Franke, A.G.: "Reflections on Addiction in Students Using Stimulants for Neuroenhancement—A Preliminary Interview Study"BioMed Research International, Article ID 621075, 2015.

Hildt, E., Lieb, K., Franke, A.G.: "Life context of pharmacological academic performance enhancement among university students—a qualitative approach"BMC Medical Ethics 15, 2014, 23.

Grübler, G., Al-Khodairy, A., Leeb, R., Pisotta, I., Riccio, A., Rohm, M., Hildt, E.: "Psychosocial and ethical aspects in non-invasive EEG based BCI research—A survey among BCI users and BCI professionals"Neuroethics 7(1), 2014, 29-41.

Franke, A.G., Lieb, K., Hildt, E.: "What users think about the differences between caffeine and illicit/prescription stimulants for cognitive enhancement"PLoS ONE 7(6), 2012, e40047.

Hildt, E.: Autonomie in der biomedizinischen Ethik. Genetische Diagnostik und selbstbestimmte LebensgestaltungCampus: Frankfurt/M., 2006. (Habilitation thesis)

Hildt, E.: Hirngewebetransplantation und personale IdentitätDuncker & Humblot: Berlin, 1996. (Ph.D. thesis)