About the META project

The META project is based at the Medical Faculty of the University of Augsburg, More information about the project can be found

META is an acronym for: “mHealth: ethical, legal and social aspects in the technological age.” It is the name of our interdisciplinary research team, funded by the German Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF). Our overall goal is a thorough analysis of ethical, legal and social aspects of such technologies. Different academic disciplines are involved: Philosophy, applied ethics, sociology, law, medicine, public health.

Building on research findings, the team also offers consultancy to various mHealth stakeholders with the aim to support responsible, socially sustainable and user-centered innovation in mHealth.

The team

Meta Team
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PD Verina Wild
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Prof. Dr. Verina Wild

works in the area of medical ethics/bioethics, public health ethics and global health ethics. She leads the META project.

Dr. Tereza Hendl
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Dr. Tereza Hendl

is a philosopher and bioethicist. She is a Postdoc and Co-Lead on the META Project. Her research explores the epistemology and ethics of mHealth technologies from a justice perspective.

Dr. Niels Nijsingh
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Dr. Niels Nijsingh

is a public health ethicist and data application modeler. His academic research centers around digital consent and digital choice architecture. He was a postdoc and co-lead on the META Project, as well as the main editor of the About mHealth webpage, from 2019 until 2022.

Dr. Bianca Jansky,
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Dr. Bianca Jansky

has a background in sociology and philosophy and is currently doing her PhD in sociology/science and technology studies in the META project.

Additional researchers

Dr. Sylvia Abgih

Keren Landsman MD, MPH

Ayush Shukla M.A

Student research assistants

Rachna Bhalla

Katharina Eisenhut

Jake Ephros

Nirupa Kandel

Fabian Linder

Felix Machleid

Laura Mertgen

Nicole Peter

Ela Sauerborn

Eva Spaeh

Maria Selmansberger-Krier

is a graphic designer and responsible for the META webdesign.


The project “mHealth: ethical, legal and social aspects in the technological age (META)” is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Grant number: 01GP1791.
Duration of the project: 01.04.2018-31.03.2024