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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: bueroPcs9∂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.


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Experts wanted on observation technologies in the field of civil security

In the TA project of the TAB, the relevant social questions and challenges are to be identified and analyzed on the basis of existing technical possibilities.

Tomas Michalek and Armin Grunwald (head of ITAS)
ERA fellow from Slovakia visits ITAS

Strengthening the scientific relations between Germany and Slovakia in the field of TA and policy advice – to this end, ITAS welcomed Tomas Michalek from the Slovak Academy of Sciences for four weeks in Karlsruhe and Berlin.

ITAS Thematic evening technik.kontrovers
Thematic evening "What is the price of the bean?"

On Thursday, 20 October 2016, at 6 p.m. the next session of the ITAS series of events "technik.kontrovers" takes place. Scientists and the audience discuss the challenge of assessing the sustainability of products.



TAB Hintergrundpapier Responsible Research and Innovation
Responsible Research and Innovation

The new TAB background paper focusses on RRI as an approach for designing research and innovation processes, that gains importance above all on European but increasingly also on national level.

Dissertation Annika Weiss ITAS
Dissertation: Energy balance of microalgae biofuels

The production of biofuels from microalgae requires currently more energy than is stored in the fuel. Can future developments overcome this hurdle? Annika Weiss’ analysis of the correlation between energy input and output provides new evidence.


further publications