Dr. Johann A R Roduit is the current Managing Director of the Center for Medical Humanities at the University of Zurich and a Senior Researcher at the Collegium Helveticum (at ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich). He is also a founding member of NeoHumanitas, a think tank fostering discussion about future and emerging technologies.
In 2014, he defended a doctoral thesis entitled: Living up to the ideal human? The role of the notion of perfection in the debate regarding the ethics of human enhancement. This research was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).
He has been working at the Institute for Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University of Zurich since 2010. Since 2014, he has been the scientific coordinator for the project: superhumains.ch. The goal of this SNFS project is to educate, inform and dialogue with high school students about bioethical issues regarding the use of emerging technologies.
In 2013 and 2014, he was an academic visitor at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, thanks to a research fellowship from the SNSF. In 2015 and 2016, he was a visiting researcher at the University of Calgary, thanks to an International Short Visit fellowship from the SNSF. Johann has recently been selected as a Brocher Foundation visiting researcher for the spring of 2018. He will spend two months (March & April) working on his next book at the Brocher Centre in Geneva.
His research interests include human enhancement, moral enhancement, bioethics, transhumanism, virtue ethics, human dignity, the ethics of Big Data, personalized medicine, the ethics of artificial intelligence, and philosophical anthropology.
In 2017, he received a DIPEX certificate by the Nuffield department of Primary Care Health Sciences of the University of Oxford, after being trained to conduct qualitative research into people’s personal experiences of health and illness.
A regular columnist in different newspapers, he has presented his work in various international conferences, as well as in different media. His research has also been published in different scientific journals (Bioethics, Bioethica Forum, Revue Médical Suisse, Schweizerische Ärztezeitung, Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, and the Journal of Medical Ethics).
Finally, he have been involved in various science communication initiatives. He has co-founded neurhone: connecteur d’idées, a non-profit organization that organizes TEDxMartigny, the Carnotzets Scientifiques, and the FuckUp Nights in Valais, Switzerland. Alongside these initiatives, Johann has taken part in different science communication workshops offered by the SNSF and the University of Zurich (Science Communication Writing Workshop, How to communicate science to the public, and Media Training for researchers).
In 2015, neurhone received an Award from the State of Wallis for the organization of TEDxMartigny, as part of the celebration of the bicentenary of the entrance of Valais in the Swiss Confederation. In 2014, he received the Best science blog award by the Agence Science-Presse in Canada.
Publications, Talks, and Media Appearances
For a complete list of publications, talks and media appearances see:
Organizations & services
- Conseil de santé et d'éthique, Département de la Santé, Canton du Valais, Member (since 2018)
- Conseil de la formation et de la recherche universitaires (CoFRU), Canton du Valais, Member (since 2018)
- Brocher Foundation, Geneva, Scientific Committee (since 2017)
- Swiss Society of Bioethics, Lausanne, Executive board member (since 2016)
- Alumni Geneva Center for Security and Peace, Geneva, Member (since 2015)
- Club des quatre saisons, Zurich, Member (since 2015)
- Alumni Zurich University, Zurich, Member (since 2015)
- Alumni Oxford University, Oxford, Member (since 2014)
- Academic Society of Valais, Sion, Executive board member (2013-2014)
- The Oxford and Cambridge Club of Zurich, Zurich, Member (since 2013)
- Canadian Bioethics Society, Montreal, Member (since 2013)
- Foraus, Foreign Policy Forum, Zurich, Member of the Science diplomacy discussion group (2013-2014)
- NeoHumanitas, Geneva, co-founder and president (since 2012)
- TEDxMartigny, Gletsch, co-founder and president (since 2011)
- Neurhone: connecteur d’idées, Gletsch, co-founder and president (since 2011)
- Swiss Society of Bioethics, Lausanne, Member (since 2010)
- Neuroethics Society, Bethesda, Member (2010-2012)
- Swiss Talents, member (since 2009)
- Moral Enhancements & Moral Machines.
- Eloge de la Fragilité à l'ère de l'Homme augmenté. Link
- Science Fiction and the Ethics of Human Enhancement. Link
- Superhumains.ch: the Next Generations. Link
- Future-Human.Life. Link
- Enhancement and Human Perfection. Link
- Enhancing short children? An ethical investigation of treating ‘short but healthy’ children with growth hormones. Link
The Case for Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Human Enhancement (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2016)
The author critically examines what role the notion of perfection should play in the debate regarding the ethics of human enhancement. He argues that the concept of «human perfection» needs to be central when morally assessing human enhancements. This anthropological ideal provides an additional norm to evaluate enhancing interventions, extending the well-established bioethical principles of autonomy, justice, and safety.
Future-Human.Life (Geneva: Neohumanitas, 2017)
The book's objective is to raise awareness and make human enhancement topic accessible and easy-to-communicate to others within educational perspective. The challenge was to extend the debate beyond the academic circle while preserving the heart of the matter.
Vincent Menuz, Johann Roduit, Daniel Roiz, Alexandre Erler, Natalia Stepanova (2017). Eds. Future-Human.Life. (Geneva: neohumanitas.org). ISSN 978-3-033-05676-3