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76021 Karlsruhe


Head of institute

Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald

Deputy head of institute:

Constanze Scherz


Elke Träutlein
Phone: +49 721 608-28548
Fax: +49 721 608-24806
E-Mail: bueroLkn2∂itas kit edu

TATuP – Journal of Technology Assessment in Theory and Practice

The issue 1/2019 Normativität in der Technikfolgenabschätzung is online.

Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag


ITAS Yearbook 2018

ITAS Yearbook 2018


The ITAS newsletter informs about projects carried out at ITAS, new publications, ITAS staff and upcoming events of the institute.



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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.


ITAS for Future - Open Doors at the institute
“ITAS for Future” – Open doors at the institute

On 23 and 24 May, ITAS opens its doors to pupils, students and those who are interested in its work. They are invited to find out more about approaches for a better climate protection and more sustainability and discuss these topics with researchers.

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New projects of TAB

The German Bundestag has decided about the TAB work programme for 2019/2020. In preparation, TAB commented on almost 50 requests for investigation by the Bundestag committees and parliamentary groups.

Armin Grunwald, Leiter des ITAS im Foresight Zukunftskreis des BMBF
Head of ITAS appointed to Future Circle

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research uses a foresight process to identify and analyze technological and societal trends. As a member of the Future Circle (“Zukunftskreis”), Armin Grunwald accompanies the third foresight cycle.



TATuP 1/2019 "Normativität in der Technikfolgenabschätzung"
TATuP on Normativity in TA

Technology assessment (TA) has to deal with the conflict between commitment and neutrality. The current TATuP issue 1/2019 questions the myth of neutrality in TA and wants to further the debate on its normative aspects.

Health apps on the test bench

Almost every day new health apps come onto the market. The TAB-Arbeitsbericht Nr. 179 presents trends and developments and depicts socio-political options for action.


further publications