The 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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The dissertation project "Sustainable options to improve the waste management of Belo Horizonte, Brazil" seeks to analyze Belo Horizonte city as an example of the challenges and opportunities that similar cities are facing for reducing the quantity of waste for final treatment and disposal.more
The dissertation project "Futures, Visions and Responsibility – The Ethics of Innovation" deals with the normative questions of visionary practices. The dissertation will answer the question whether distributers of technological visions are responsible for the technological development. Different concepts of responsibility will be examined and applied.more
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Ways of Acquisition and Use of New Media: Intuition, Creativity, Competence
Prof. Dr. Ralf Seppelt, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH (UFZ), Department Landschaftsökologie