Dr. Svenja Wiertz currently holds two positions at the University of Freiburg. As a research associate at the Institute for Ethics and History of Medicine she is part of the research project DaDuHealth that deals with ethical, legal and social implications of data access and data use in medical institutions and consumer health settings. In this context she currently works on ethical questions of consent for medical research.

At the University College Freiburg she works with Prof. Veronika Lipphardt in supporting and implementing initiatives of the Upper Rhine Network on Science Reflection in the Eucor area. The network helps to connect researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds that deal with Science Reflection broadly construed, and encompasses cooperative teaching initiatives as well as planned interdisciplinary research proposals. Svenja Wiertz holds a PhD in Philosophy, gained at the University of Düsseldorf with her work on conceptions of friendship that has been published with DeGruyter (2020). She also holds a B.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Bonn. Her interests in philosophy encompass medical ethics and research ethics; theories of personal relationships and related concepts: friendship, trust, compassion, tolerance; human-robot-interaction, interpersonal relationships in the digital age. She is interested in working in interdisciplinary contexts and in incorporating intercultural perspectives in her work