Dear Friends of the Institute of Social Strategy, 

We hope you coped well through the heat wave and that you have so far had a nice summer. 

We have collected our most recent publications here to supply you with our monthly well of knowledge.

This month, we published two contributions in Health & Social Issues: 

Furthermore, please find below a warm invitation to our annual conference “Science as part of civil society”, taking place 4th and 5th August. Registrations still welcome via email to

By the way, the 30th of July marks the first day of Muharram – we wish all Muslims God’s blessing for the year ahead!

Warm regards
Ulrich Hemel, Director and Anne Häseker, Management


Health and Social Issues


Stefan Streit: On the issue of ex-post triage: Science and death

Abstract [en]: The political call for ex-post triage puts basic social accords into question. Neither is there a proposition for implementing the process in a non-discriminatory way, nor are there thoughts on how the medical triage decision can be freed from the accusation of premediated murder. 

Ulrich Hemel: Ethical aspects of assisted suicide

Abstract [en]: Different European societies pursue different approaches when it comes to the issue of assisted suicide. To ensure social cohesion, a solution is needed that accounts for the various conflicting positions. To achieve this, it is useful to, in turn, learn about basics of ethical argumentation and to apply these to the issue in question. It is key that no one must be forced against their will to play a part in assisted suicide, while at the same time it is incumbent that no one will face criminal charges if they choose to engage in it on personal grounds of conscience.


We extend a warm invitation to our annual conference: 

“Science as part of civil society” 
04 & 05 August 2022

Clemenshaus Hannover
Platz an der Basilika 3
30169 Hannover

With the Covid-19 pandemic, scientific evidence and voices from science have gained new importance in public discourse. The role and meaning of science are therefore changing. We take this as a starting point to engage with such questions as:

  • What is the role of scientific evidence for other crises, such as the climate crisis, the Russia-Ukraine war, or social inequality?
  • How do assessments of the impact of science vary by different conceptualisations of science? For example, in how far does the differentiation of natural sciences and humanities and their bodies of evidence lead to different and differing assessments?
  • How can we strengthen and communicate the perspective that science is an active and alive, creative, and relevant actor of global civil society?

Please find further information on our conference Webpage.

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