The Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) investigates scientific and technological developments with a focus on their impacts and possible systemic and unintended effects. It produces analytical knowledge and assessments of socio-technical developments in order to provide policy and design options for decision-makers. The research covers ethical, ecological, economic, social, political-institutional, and cultural questions. Major goals are advice for research and technology policy, provision of knowledge for the design of socio-technical systems, and the organization and observation of discursive processes on open and controversial questions of technology policy.
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The environment in Chile is suffering from a high agricultural water demand. A German-Chilean network promoted by ITAS scientist Helmut Lehn is expected to improve this situation. A workshop in Santiago de Chile marks the beginning of this co-operation.more
How could native forests be better protected from the extreme impacts of climate change, and biodiversity be preserved? These questions are being addressed by the ITAS in cooperation with forestry scientists of the University of Freiburg.more
The city of Karlsruhe and the Los Bancos canton in Ecuador have been working on joint climate projects for two years. An action plan which was developed with the aid of ITAS scientist Volker Stelzer shall be implemented step by step, starting in 2017.more
Climate and environmental protection are the key themes of Pope Francis’s Encyclical “Laudato Si’”. 25 researchers of various disciplines have now dealt with the Pope’s essay – among them Armin Grunwald and Christine Rösch from ITAS.more