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76021 Karlsruhe


Head of institute

Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald

Deputy head of institute:

Constanze Scherz


Bettina Schmidt-Leis
Phone: 0721 608-22501
Fax: 0721 608-24806
E-Mail: bueroVhy0∂itas kit edu

Technology Assessment - Theory and Practice

The issue 2/2016 of the journal TATuP is available.

Cover 2/2016

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.


Armin Grunwald, Head of ITAS
Search for a final repository: ITAS head member of advisory group

The two houses of the German Parliament appointed Armin Grunwald to the national advisory group for the selection of a final repository site for highly radioactive waste. The group shall accompany the process as supervisor and mediator.

TATuP Zeitschrift für Technikfolgenabschätzung in Theorie und Praxis
NTA7: A milestone for the new TATuP

The new TATuP editorial board was constituted at the 7th conference of the Network TA. The editors presented their concept and the first call for papers for the new journal which will henceforth be published by oekom, starting in August 2017.

TAB logo
German Bundestag decides to raise funds for the TAB

On 22 November 2016, the German Bundestag agreed in its resolution on the budget 2017 to the recommendation of the Committee on Budgets to increase the budget for scientific policy advice by the TAB.



Sammelband Designing Sustainable Urban Futures
Designing Sustainable Urban Futures

Cities have great potential to become sustainable habitats. Challenges, concepts and approaches along the way are described in an anthology edited by researchers of ITAS and the Florida Institute of Technology.

Steafan Böschen, ITAS, Hybride Wissensregime
Hybrid regimes of knowledge. Sketch of a sociological field theory

In his new book, Stefan Böschen, researcher at ITAS, examines the transformation of knowledge relations. He recommends the introduction of new analytical tools to capture the changing structures.


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