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Head of institute

Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald

Deputy head of institute:

Constanze Scherz


Bettina Schmidt-Leis
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Technology Assessment - Theory and Practice

The issue 3/2016 of the journal TATuP is available.

Cover 3/2016

Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag



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Welcome to ITAS

ITASThe 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.


Conference “2000 Revisited – A look back to the future”
Conference “2000 Revisited – A look back to the future”

On 6 and 7 May 2017 young researchers from the humanities and social sciences meet up at ITAS to examine the turn of the millennium as an efficacious reference point for future visions of all kinds. Registrations are still possible until 23 April 2017.

Thematic evening “Visions for tomorrow’s society” technik.kontrovers
Thematic evening “Visions for tomorrow’s society”

On Monday, 27 March 2017, at 6 p.m. the next session of the ITAS series of events “technik.kontrovers” will take place. Scientists and the audience discuss how in future technology can be used for the benefit of all.

INOPRO – Intelligent Orthotics and Prosthetics
New project on intelligent prostheses

The aim of the INOPRO project is to develop intuitively controllable prostheses which adapt to the needs of their users. ITAS supports the innovation process and analyzes the ethical, legal, and social dimensions of this technology.



news_2017_004_ Laudato-Si
Scientific perspective on environmental encyclical

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.

Discussion paper on “socio-technical futures”

Technology visions, future scenarios, development models: Different imaginations of the future are getting more and more attention in public discourse. Researchers now put the question how TA should deal with this development up to debate.


further publications