History and Statutes
FSP BIOGUM was established in 1989 – parallel with the founding of the genetic engineering research centres – as an institution responsible to the academic senate of the University of Hamburg. Its founding history is based on a decision by the Parliament of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg dated 13.11.1985. Their opinion was expressed therein that the development of bio-technological procedures and their application options are part of the possible risks for mankind and the contemporary world and that ethical questions have to be considered. With the establishment of the FSP BIOGUM, the citizenship and the University of Hamburg underlined the importance of the exploration of the social, economic, legal and ethical implications of the use of genetic and biotechnology.
For the history and tasks of the FSP BIOGUM refer to:
Progress Report to the evaluation committee (May 2014)