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Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald

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Constanze Scherz


Elke Träutlein
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TATuP – Journal of Technology Assessment in Theory and Practice

The issue 1/2018 Theorie der TA reloaded is online.

Cover 1/2018

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.


Andreas Lösch, Ko-Leiter des Forschungsbereichs Wissensgesellschaft und Wissenspolitik am ITAS
New head of ITAS research area

Since June 2018, Andreas Lösch has been co-head of the research area Knowledge society and knowledge policy. The sociologist, habilitated at TU Darmstadt, has been researching at ITAS since 2011 – inter alia, on the topics of vision assessment and future knowledge.

Logo of Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag
Deutscher Bundestag commissions TAB for another 5 years

The Committee for Education, Research and Technology Assessment of the Deutscher Bundestag decided to continue to trust the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis for the operation of TAB until 2023.

Autonomous driving in the border triangle
Autonomous driving in the border triangle

Supported by EUCOR, a consortium of five universities in the border triangle of Germany, France, and Switzerland, an interdisciplinary seminar on cross-border issues of autonomous driving was held on 29 and 30 May at ITAS.



Can robots contribute to good care?

The TAB working report No. 177 deals with the social implications, paying particular attention to the clarification of normative questions and the possibilities for the prospective design of technology development.

Cover Personal Sustainability
Personal Sustainability

The micro-level is crucial for the sustainability transformation, argue Oliver Parodi and Kaidi Tamm from ITAS. The book edited by them therefore focuses on human aspects of sustainability, up to now widely disregarded by mainstream academia.


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