The purpose of the Center for the Study of Bioethics is the stimulation of scientific debate on a variety of issues bioethics deals with. CSB envisions to be global in scope. It has a significant number of outstanding Associate members from outside the region. It is not supposed to promote specific standpoints, but to stimulate a free exchange of ideas. This philosophical inclusiveness of the Center leads its members to search for solutions to their differences, identifying thereby also specters for potential consensus.

Apart from engaging in scientific discussions, the Center for the Study of Bioethics also endeavors to be involved in a broader public debate on issues with a bioethical background. Examples include the social inclusion of people who suffer from rare diseases, disaster bioethics, genetic counseling.