Public Issues of Organ Transplantation, ELPAT

Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine

Head of the group:

  • Prof. Dr. Silke Schicktanz 
  • Prof. Gurch Randhawa, PhD

ELPAT is a European platform that brings continuity and progress in European research and dialogue on "Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects of Organ Transplantation”. Within ELPAT, there are seven working groups. Each working group addresses a specific topic in the field of ethical, legal and psychosocial aspects of organ transplantation.

One of the Working Groups, Public Issues, had been bringing together a range of experts and professionals from all around the world to share their experiences and insights into why and how public engagement was progressing. 

All members of the working group are members of the European Platform ELPAT.


Randhawa, Gurch; Schicktanz, Silke (Eds.): Public Engagement in Organ Donation and Transplantation, Pabst Publisher

Public campaigns in different European countries highlight an increasing awareness that public acceptance of organ donation is a crucial factor for the medical field of organ transplantation. However, addressing this complex matter requires a fresh perspective as to how governments truly engage with their public on issues which touch upon health care, morbidity, and mortality.
The book provides detailed recent analysis of cultural impacts and religious attitudes of communities, patients, and even professionals. Furthermore, various forms of public engagement, including dialogues, campaigns, and media are discussed from methodological as well as theoretical perspectives. 


  • Working group Public Issues ELPAT Meeting,  Juan les Pins, France, 2-tägig, November 2013.



Prof. Dr. Silke Schicktanz

Prof. Dr. Silke Schicktanz

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