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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Digital technologies are a great help, but cannot replace analogue communication in the long term, says head of ITAS Armin Grunwald. At the same time, it is important to make us more aware of our dependence on technologies and economic processes.more
The work of TAB was on the agenda of the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment of the German Bundestag.more
Against the background of increasing consumption of pharmaceuticals, TAB presents in its Arbeitsbericht No. 183 a concentrated overview of the state of knowledge on quantities, qualities and effects of micropollutants on humans and the environment.more