Dr. Christian Dürnberger

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Christian Dürnberger studied philosophy and communication sciences at the University of Vienna. After the completion of his studies, he moved to Munich, where he dealt with questions of applied ethics concerning agriculture and the relationship of man and nature at Institute TTN, Ludwig-Maximilians-University and Munich School of Philosophy.

He graduated from the Munich School of Philosophy (Hochschule für Philosophie München). His doctoral thesis was on „Contradiction Nature. Concepts of man-nature-relationship in the controversy on green genetic engineering. Contribution of a descriptive-hermeneutical ethics in order to clarify a social dispute.”

Since 2015, he has been a scientific staff member at the Messerli Research Institute. His research interests include veterinary ethics, ethical aspects of genome editing, e-learning, and ethics in agriculture.

Research interests

  • Veterinary ethics
  • Ethical questions of the relationship between man and nature
  • Ethics in agriculture
  • Genome Editing
  • E-learning in the field of ethics and veterinary medicine

Research projects

Selected publications

  • Dürnberger, Christian (2019): ‘You should be slaughtered!’ Experiences of criticism/hate speech, motives and strategies among German-speaking livestock farmers using social media. International Journal of Livestock Production, 10(5), 151-165. Open Access: https://academicjournals.org/journal/IJLP/article-full-text-pdf/D18D7D860706 2
  • Dürnberger, Christian (2019): Natur als Widerspruch. Die Mensch-Natur-Beziehung in der Kontroverse um die Grüne Gentechnik. TTN-Studien 8. Nomos: Baden-Baden.
  • Dürnberger, Christian; Pfeilmeier, Sebastian; Schleissing, Stephan (editors) (2019): Genome Editing in Agriculture. Between Precaution and Responsibility. TTN-Studien 7. Nomos: Baden-Baden.
  • Dürnberger, Christian (2018): Utopia in the Garden: New Utopian and Dystopian Thinking in Current Debates on Nature, Agriculture and Food. In: Kallhoff, Angela; Di Paola, Marcello; Schörgenhumer, Maria (Editors): Plant Ethics. Concepts and Applications. Routledge, London and New York.
  • Weich, Kerstin; Dürnberger, Christian; Grimm, Herwig (2016): Ethik in der amtstierärztlichen Praxis. Ein Wegweiser. Erlangen: Harald Fischer Verlag.

For a full list of publications please click here. 3


Ethics for students of veterinary medicine at the Vetmeduni Vienna as part of the courses:

  • Sustainability of future food production systems
  • Animal welfare ethics

From the summer semester 2020 at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt - Campus Francisco Josephinum:

  • Lecture: Ethics in Agriculture

Also responsible for the "Ethics"- module in the training program for veterinary officers in Bavaria and Austria.

A list of his talks can be found here. 4


Dr. Christian Dürnberger
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