Moral questions and ethical challenges reside at the center of the «EthicsImpulse» series, which aims to promote a public discussion on ethical questions and moral themes. Regularly, the Institute of Social Ethics ISE at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Lucerne, by «EthicsImpulse», extends the invitation to a public lecture or panel discussion and subsequently to an exchange. The «EthicsImpulse» can also focus on special themes, which for Switzerland are politically, economically, and socially of particular timeliness and of central relevance. The «EthicsImpulses» are held in German.


The event will not take place. - 19.10.2022: Public lecture and discussion on the topic of Climate Justice with Bishop Dr. Erwin Kräutler.

09.06.2022: Public lecture and discussion with Prof. Dr. Sonia I. Seneviratne, Professor for Land-​Climate Dynamics at ETH Zurich,  Lead Author of the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C global warming (2017-2018) and Coordinating Lead Author of the 6th assessment report of the IPCC (2018-2021). The event takes place within the framework of the «Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context LSUE» from 9 - 14 June, 2022. More information about the «EthicsImpulse» with Prof. Dr. Seneviratne

16.05.2022: “EthicsImpulse” on War and Digital Transformation with Dr. Kirill Martynov, Political Philosopher and Journalist: “Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine and Crackdown on Civil Society”. This “EthicsImpulse” is exceptionally held in English.
More information about the «EthicsImpulse» with Dr. Kirill Martynov


14.06.2021: «EthicsImpulse»-talk as part of the «Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context LSUE» on Monday, June 14, 2021 on the topic of «Personalized Health» with Prof. Dr. Arne Manzeschke. (For more information, please click here)


23.01.2020: Kai Strittmatter, Author and Correspondent, among others for Sueddeutsche Zeitung and Tages Anzeiger: China – Digital Dictatorship? (Flyer)

Due to the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we were forced to postpone this year’s EthicsImpulses. We hope in your understanding.


30.10.2019: Prof. Dr. Wilfried Stadler (economist and publicist): Nice to have - thoughts on ethics and responsibility in the financial sector (Flyer)

04.06.2019: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hemel, theologian, founder of the Institute for Social Strategy and director of the Global Ethic Institute at the University of Tübingen: universal norms and religious diversity (Flyer)

05.06.2019: Dr. Stephan Rothlin SJ, director of the Macau Ricci Institute, founder & CEO of International Rothlin Management Consulting Ltd., Beijing & Hong Kong: China's «New Silk Road» - promoting sustainable development


05.06.2018: Prof. Dr. Manfred Nowak: How can the absolute prohibition of torture be justified? Arguments against softening (Flyer)

EthikImpuls series Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context LSUE