Short Profile

Senior Researcher at Marburg University, Germany, and Data Protection Officer of Marburg University Hospital. He is Past President of the Research Committee 51 on Sociocybernetics of the International Sociological Association (ISA) and was a member of the ISA Executive Committee during the period 2002 - 2006.

As a sociologist he has been involved in systems and cybernetics since his undergraduate studies in Munich and Paris. Later, at the Eduard-Pestel-Institute for Applied Systems Research, Hannover, Germany, he worked on developing computer-based systems for policy-making and on modelling and simulating socio-technical systems.

After three years of practical work in Africa with the UN, he applied these methodologies at Marburg University to health care systems and information technology assessment. He participated as a senior scientist and convener in the European EUROCARDS Concerted Action for smart-card systems in health care and in related national activities in Germany. Other research included smart-cards in pharmacies and NATO-sponsored projects with the Uzbek Academy of Sciences in Tashkent about IT, health care, and ecological problems of the Aral Basin.

Moreover, Dr. Hornung worked as a consultant for WHO and the German Agency for Technical Cooperation/Asian Development Bank on management information systems. Teaching included guest lectures in Lima, Peru, at Charles University Prague, and Zaragoza University, Spain.

The practical and applied dimension of his work has always been complemented by a strong theoretical component, which focussed increasingly on the philosophical and epistemological foundations of sociology, sociocybernetics, and information theory during more recent years. This is also the context of his latest work on art and aesthetics under an information theoretical perspective.