In July 2017 Henk ten Have has been appointed as a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.
The Pontifical Academy for Life was founded in 1994 by Pope John Paul II. The Academy so to speak is an advisory body to the Pope regarding issues in bioethics. The Academy has a General Assembly every year in combination with a public conference. The Academy has also established a working group on Global Bioethics.
In September 2022, the Academy organized, together with NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering, University of Basel, ETH Zürich, and Bambino Jesu Children’s Hospital the 1st International Conference ‘Ethics of Engineering life’ (ICEEL). The aim is to bring life scientists and scientists in ethics and humanities together to explore and analyse relevant ethical issues of contemporary life sciences.