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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)

Giovanni Spitale

Giovanni Spitale, PhD

  • Postdoc

Giovanni Spitale just finished his PhD in Medical Sciences at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Zurich, with a dissertation on mapping and understanding ethical dilemmas emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

His research interests revolve around public health ethics, ethics of risk and crisis communication, and quality improvement in healthcare. Methodologically he likes to dip in multiple bowls, combining natural language processing, computational linguistics, qualitative research, and philosophical analysis into mixed methods approaches.

He is currently working on different projects about empowering the public in partaking public health ethics discourse (e.g.: The Outbreak, a participated graphic novel).

His current favourite free-time side project is Ethics500, a semantic network map that shows what ethics is about and where it is going.

He has been a TEDx Speaker (Trento 2016).

CV in English 

Research interests

Applied ethics, public health ethics, biopolicies and biopolitics, methodological issues in bioethics, natural language processing, AI, organ transplantation ethics, end-of-life, relational autonomy and shared decision making,

Ongoing projects

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Scientific Coordinator of Academia Engelberg 2019

Active memberships in scientific societies

  • Digital Society Initiative, UZH;
  • Citizen Science Centre Zurich