The Marsilius Academy 2023 is a joint venture of the Marsilius Kolleg at Heidelberg University, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research (MPImR).

It is supported financially by the Health & Life Science Alliance Heidelberg-Mannheim.

Poster Marsilius Academy 2023 v2




[At the] Limits of Life - Dealing with Biofacts, Embryoids and Hybrids – Perspectives from Sciences and Humanities

September 10 – 15, 2023

Transgressing the border between the living and the non-living – reshaping organisms’ early development – blurring the boundaries between species: In recent years, life science research has increasingly challenged limits of life that used to be regarded as ineluctable. Exciting new opportunities as well as ethical, legal and societal issues arise, all of which demand comprehensive and critical investigation. This Marsilius Academy aims to bring together excellent young researchers from the life and natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities to engage in interdisciplinary exchange and discussion. Fuelled by the expertise of internationally renowned scholars and scientists, it addresses fundamental challenges arising from recent developments within the fields of biology, biomedicine and bioengineering. Participants are expected to contribute with their disciplinary perspective and research to the Academy.


Public Session:
Wed., 13 Sept. 2023, 7.30 pm at the Great Hall of the Old University


Target group, Fees and Waivers:

The Academy is aimed at Doctoral Students and (early) Post-Docs. Number of participants is limited. A participation fee of 750€ - including room and board - will be charged. Waivers or the coverage of travel expenses may be granted to applicants without institutional support upon request.


Scientific Coordinators

Prof. Thorsten Moos, PhD
Heidelberg University, Systematic Theology/Ethics

Prof. Joachim Wittbrodt, PhD
Heidelberg University, Developmental Biology/Physiology

Prof. Eileen Furlong, PhD
European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Heidelberg, Developmental Regulatory Genomics

Prof. Joachim Spatz, PhD
Max Planck Institute for Medical Research (MPImR) Heidelberg, Cellular Biophysics



Prof. Jacob Hanna, MD PhD
Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot/Israel), Stem Cell Biology

Prof. Nicole Karafyllis, PhD
Technical University Braunschweig, Philosophy/Applied Ethics

Ass. Prof. Ben Hurlbut, PhD
Arizona State University (Tempe/USA), Science&Technology Studies/Ethics/Political Theory

Prof. Christine Selhuber-Unkel, PhD
Heidelberg University, Physics/Molecular Systems Engineering

Prof. em. Klaus Tanner, PhD
Heidelberg University, Systematic Theology/Ethics

Prof. Fruszina Molnár-Gábor, PhD
Heidelberg University, Medicine & Health Law

Eva Wolfangel
Nature Marsilius Visiting Professor 2021/22



Marsilius Kolleg of Heidelberg University, Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.1, 69120 Heidelberg



Online application is available here until 02 July, 2023.


Preliminary Timetable

Conference Booklet



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