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ITAS Yearbook 2018

ITAS Yearbook 2018

Karlstrasse 11 in 2012
Karlstrasse 11 in 2012
Karlstrasse 11, about 1902
Karlstrasse 11 in 1902

History of ITAS

The history of ITAS and its preceding institutions dates back to the 1950s. Here you can find an overview on important events regarding ITAS and the broader field of research policy and technology assessment.


Time line
2015 20 years of ITAS (year book) and 25 years of TAB (TAB-Arbeitsbericht).
2012 In September, the "Central Department of Technology-Induced Material Flows (ZTS)" became part of ITAS.
2012 In March, ITAS moved into its new premises in the ITAS Karl Strasse 11, Karlsruhe.
2010 ITAS celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB) on 29 September.
2009 The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is founded on 1 October after a merger of the Research Center Karlsruhe (FZK) and the University of Karlsruhe (TH).
2005 10 years of ITAS.
2004 The first conference of the "Network TA" is held in Berlin in November
2003 The results of the evaluation of that part of the program concerning ITAS in the so-called "program-oriented funding" are published in summer.
2002 On 18 November the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg decides to close the TA Academy in Stuttgart.
2002 Following a public call for applicants, the German parliament decides on 12 June that ITAS shall continue the operation of TAB for the years 2003 to 2008 (in co-operation with ISI, the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research).
2002 The ITAS journal "TA-Datenbank-Nachrichten" is renamed "Technikfolgenabschätzung – Theorie und Praxis".
2002 Armin Grunwald is also appointed Director of TAB on 1 January.
2001 In fall, the inaugural meeting of the Helmholtz Association of German research centers decides on its articles of association.
2000 10 years of TAB.
1999 Armin Grunwald is appointed Director of the institute on 1 October and shortly afterwards takes over the chair of TA and systems analysis at the University of Freiburg.
1999 On 1 September TAB moves from Bonn to Berlin-Mitte.
1998 Herbert Paschen retires as Director of ITAS on 30 June but still heads the TAB. As Deputy Director, Reinhard Coenen is temporarily in charge of the institute from 1 July 1998 until 30 September 1999.
1998 ITAS and the Research Center Karlsruhe celebrate "25 years of TA in Germany" (1973-1998) and the 65th birthday of the Director of the institute at an event in Bonn-Bad Godesberg on 17/18 June.
1995 OTA (Office of Technology Assessment) at the US Congress is closed on 30 September.
1995 The websites of ITAS and TAB are on-line on 11 October.
1995 After a decision by the Advisory Board of the Research Center Karlsruhe AFAS (Abteilung für Angewandte Systemanalyse), under the head of Herbert Paschen, is renamed Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis on 1 July.
1992 The first issue of the AFAS journal "TA-Datenbank-Nachrichten" is published in March.
1990 Parliamentary TA organizations from Germany, Denmark, France, Great Britain, and the Netherlands partner with the TA institution of the European Parliament to form the European Parliamentary Technology Assessment Network (EPTA).
1990 Establishment of the TAB in Bonn and operation by AFAS (Herbert Paschen also becomes Director of TAB).
1987 After the failure of the first study commission a second one on TA is established in November; Herbert Paschen is appointed as a member.
1985 The work on the establishment of a TA infrastructure and database (by order of the BMFT) is started in co-operation with FIZ Karlsruhe.
1985 On 15 March the German Bundestag decides to set up a study commission on the "assessment and evaluation of technological impacts".
1977 Foundation of AFAS on 1 January, Director is Herbert Paschen, in the following years important TA projects.
1976 The Executive Board suggests turning parts of the IAS (Institut für Angewandte Systemanalyse) into a "staff department" which shall be part of the Executive Board. This does not obtain a majority in the Scientific-Technical Board (Wissenschaftlich-Technischer Rat, WTR).
1975 On 1 January the division "Planning and Innovation" of the Studiengruppe für Systemforschung (SfS) is transferred into IASR (Institut für Angewandte Systemtechnik und Reaktorphysik) where it forms a department under the direction of Herbert Paschen.
1973 On 21 March a hearing is held at the German Bundestag on the SfS survey on priorities of research policy. Helmut Krauch resigns from SfS. Now there are two research areas: "Planning and innovation" (Head: Herbert Paschen) and "Information and documentation" (Head: Werner Kunz).
1973 First parliamentary initiative for the establishment of a parliamentary office for the assessment of technological developments; the administration of the Bundestag requests an expert opinion from Herbert Paschen and SfS.
1972 Foundation of OTA on 13 October at the US Congress.
1972 IASR (Director: Wolf Häfele) is founded on the basis of the IAR (Institut für Angewandte Reaktorphysik) at the Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Center.
1958 Helmut Krauch sets up the Studiengruppe für Systemforschung (SfS).
1956 Foundation of the Kernreaktor Bau- und Betriebs-Gesellschaft mbH Karlsruhe on 19 July.


Wingert, B.
Anmerkungen zur Institutsgeschichte. In: Grunwald, A.; Riehm, U. (Hrsg.): Jahrbuch des Instituts für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS) anlässlich seines zehnjährigen Bestehens im Juli 2005. ITAS-Jahrbuch 2003/2004. Karlsruhe: Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe 2005, S. 345-356

Brinckmann, A.
Wissenschaftliche Politikberatung in den 60er Jahren. Die Studiengruppe für Systemforschung, 1958 bis 1975. Berlin: edition sigma 2006
(Gesellschaft - Technik - Umwelt, Neue Folge 9)
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