The Research Ethics Committee at the University of Bayreuth

The University of Bayreuth's Research Ethics Committee assesses ethical aspects of research on animals and human beings carried out at the University of Bayreuth. 

Furthermore, the Research Ethics Committee is available to lecturers and researchers for questions regarding the handling of security-relevant research findings.

The committee supports researchers in this process by way of focused advising. The members of the Research Ethics Committee carry out their duties on a volunteer basis for the University of Bayreuth.

National or international compliance aspects that go beyond ethical aspects, including legal issues, are not addressed by the Research Ethics Committee.

Furthermore, in the case of clinical studies or in the context of the development of medical devices, the University of Bayreuth’s Research Ethics Committee may not be the right point of contact. It could also be the case that the opinion of the Research Ethics Committee does not meet the legal formal requirements in this area.

Data protection aspects are only examined in a cursory manner. If you have questions regarding data protection and the General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO), please contact the University of Bayreuth’s Data Protection Officer.

Members of the Committee
The Research Ethics Committee is headed by Prof. Dr. Kai Purnhagen as Chairperson. The Deputy Chairperson is Prof. Dr. Johanna Thoma. The other committee members are:

  • Prof. Dr. Carsten Bäcker 
  • Prof. Dr. Karin Birkner
  • Prof. Dr. Ruth Freitag
  • Prof. Dr. Olivier Roy
  • Prof. Dr. Benedikt Westermann

The responsibilities of the committee are set out in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of the University of Bayreuth’s Research Ethics Committee dated 20 March 2017 as amended.

Guide to making a request

Further information on mandatory guidelines and legal regulations for researchers

Nagoya Protocol

Animal protection in research

Handling Security-Relevant Research


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Katrin WinklerCommittee Office

Phone: +49 (0)921 / 55-5364
Office: Room 2.25.1, Building ZUV, Universitätsstraße 30, 95447 Bayreuth