Antibiotic resistance – a hidden pandemic? Interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches

Bonn, Haus Venusberg | 11.06.2024 - 13.06.2024
Manager:Nils Fischer
Spiritual companion:P. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Engel OP

Infectious diseases characterise everyday life. Protecting against infection is a personal and social responsibility at local, regional and international levels. This becomes particularly clear when an infectious disease becomes a pandemic. The relevant pathogen must be recognised and named so that suitable measures can be taken to prevent its spread, treatment can be provided for those affected and prevention can take place.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been researched and described as a problem for many years. Due to the extensive and often misguided use of antibiotics in humans and animal husbandry, pathogens are becoming resistant to common, previously highly effective antibiotics. This resistance means that infections are difficult or impossible to treat, with the result that people - and animals - sometimes become seriously ill or even die from "simple" infections.

The seminar will take an interdisciplinary approach to questions such as how the potential threat of antibiotic resistance is assessed, whether it can be understood as a pandemic and what significance this has for society. Against the background of his extensive experience in science, committee work and political consulting, Prof. em. Dr Walter Popp (Chair of Hygiene, University of Dortmund/Essen) will look at the topic from a medical and health science perspective and address the various levels and aspects. In collaboration with the Cluster of Excellence
"Religion and Politics" at the University of Münster, broad social approaches to the issue will be presented. Based on these contributions, the participants will work in groups on individual, self-selected aspects of the topic, which they will present in plenary and discuss together. Those interested in this seminar are expressly encouraged to make their contributions to the subject area with their specialist expertise.

Visits to the Bonn University Hospital and the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn are planned as part of the seminar.