Marcello Ienca


Dr. Marcello Ienca is research fellow at the Health Ethics & Policy Lab, Department of Health Sciences and Technology at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He is the PI of the SAMW/KZS-funded project “Digitalizing Elderly Care in Switzerland”. His research focuses on the ethics and governance of biomedical data, ethically aligned artificial intelligence (AI) and responsible innovation for emerging technologies at the human-machine interface. Prior to joining ETH, Dr. Ienca has obtained MSc, MA and PhD degrees from the Humboldt University of Berlin, KU Leuven (Erasmus Mundus Consortium) and the University of Basel.

He has published extensively on the ELSI of neurotechnology and AI, big data trends in biomedicine, ethical design in robotics, data ethics, human rights, dual-use, digital health and cognitive assistance for people with intellectual disabilities. Ienca has received several awards for social responsibility in science and technology such as the Vontobel Award for Ageing Research, the Prize Pato de Carvalho (Portugal), the Sonia Lupien Award (Canada) and the Paul Schotsmans Prize from the European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics (EACME). 

He has authored +30 scientific articles in peer-review journals, several book chapters and is a frequent contributor to Scientific American. His research was featured in academic journals such as NeuronNature Biotechnology, the American Journal of Bioethics and popular media such as The GuardianThe TimesDie WeltThe IndependentEl Clarin and others. He is a representative to the board of directors of the International Neuroethics Society and is currently serving in the OECD expert group on neurotechnology.