Academia Engelberg 2019

Engelberger Dialogues

Since 2001, the Academia Engelberg serves as an interdisciplinary platform for science, economy, and politics.

Young scientists are given the opportunity to have in-depth discussions with experienced experts about specific conference topics.

The junior researchers develop their own forward-looking ideas and present them at the forum.

The Transparent Patient

The Engelberg Dialogues 2019 were dedicated to the topic of "The Transparent Patient".

Digitalization allows to easily collect and exchange a large quantity of health data. A blessing or a curse?

The government and private businesses are subtly entering into possession of data, such as blood glucose control, hypnograms, information about cardiac arrhythmia, etc.

Large amounts of data are transmitted by health or self-optimization apps. What happens with these data?

Privacy protection seems to lose its significance.

The following experts participated in the Dialogues 2019:

  • Giovanni Spitale, Research Assistent, Institut of Biomedical Ethics, Universität Zürich

  • Prof. Dr. David Basin, Head Institute of Information Security at the Department of Computer Science, ETH Zurich

  • Prof. Dr. med. Nikola Biller-Andorno, Biomedical Ethics, University of Zurich

  • Jasper Bouwsma, MIDATA member
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Buhmann, Computer Science ETH Zürich

  • Prof. Dr. iur. Thomas Petri, data protection officer Bavaria

  • Prof. em. Dr. iur. Paul Richli, Vice President Academia Engelberg

  • Prof. Dr. iur. Beat Rudin, data protection officer Basel-Stadt


The Hirschmann Foundation partners with the non-profit foundation Academia Engelberg and its president Prof. Dr. Verena Briner.

Further involved are the cantons of Obwald, Nidwald, Lucerne, Schwyz, and Zug, as well as the municipality of Engelberg, and the reinsurance group SwissRe.

The Hirschmann Foundation funded the Engelberg Dialogues 2019 by contributing an amount of CHF 48,000.