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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: bueroGut2∂itas kit edu

TATuP – Journal for Technology Assessment in Theory and Practice

The issue 1/2020 Cybersecurity. Threat, vulnerability, values, and damage 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.


The “ErWiN” project is looking for tree species that can reduce the risk of forest fires.
Forest management: Resilience to fires

More frequent droughts can lead to an increase in the number of forest fires in Germany. Together with other KIT institutes, ITAS wants to contribute to a better understanding of their dynamics and to making the forest more resistant.

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World without cash - changes in the classic banking and payment systems

The interim results of the short study “World without Cash” on current trends and developments in the payment traffic ecosystem will be discussed with experts in a public expert meeting.

The new co-chairpersons of the National Support Body: Miranda Schreurs and Armin Grunwald. (Photo: Aygül Cizmecioglu/NBG)
Final repository search: Head of ITAS takes over chair of Support Body

Armin Grunwald is the new co-chairman of the National Support Body for the search for a final nuclear waste repository. During the inaugural meeting, Grunwald explained that the body has to play a proactive role in the selection process in the future.



Paper on 3D printing: Technology assessment is needed
Paper on 3D printing: Technology assessment is needed

A statement by the German academies of science highlights research needs, potentials, and options for action in dealing with additive manufacturing processes. One of the authors is Rafaela Hillerbrand, professor of philosophy of technology at ITAS.

Real-world lab: Experimental book “Dein Quartier und Du”

The ITAS real-world lab “District Future” presents a multi-perspective book about research, change, and approaches for a good future for all of us. It depicts the events surrounding the experiment series “Your SustainabilityExperiment”.



Data, information, knowledgeSustainbility and transformation of the energy systemMobilityparticipation and governanceLife and technonlogyVisions and ethics

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