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Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)

P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe


Head of institute

Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald
Prof. Dr. Michael Decker
(Vice director)


Bettina Schmidt-Leis
Phone: 0721 608-22501
Fax: 0721 608-24806
E-Mail: bueroOpj8∂itas kit edu

Event calendar

Informationen about events of ITAS and about TA events in general you may find here (German).

Technology Assessment - Theory and Practice

The issue 3/2013 of the journal TATuP is available.

Cover 3/2013

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.


New project launched: Energy Radar Baden-Württemberg [11.04.2014]

With the historic decision to phase out nuclear energy following the Fukushima accident and the conversion to renewable energy, Germany is faced with the Herculean task of achieving a reduction in fossil energy supply. In this context, ITAS (together with partners) launched a research project with the focus on Baden-Württemberg.

Project on Cloud Computing: gaps in confidentiality require better protection [11.04.2014]

A project conducted on behalf of the European Parliament on "Cloud Computing and Social Network Sites" analyzed the market situation, identified the main impacts and risks and proposed policy options.

Successful workshop "Experimental Society" [28.03.2014]

The workshop "Experimental society – the experiment as dispositif of the knowledge society?" was very successfully held by ITAS on 20 and 21 February 2014.

Discussion in the European Parliament about IT security and efficiency of eGovernment [24.03.2014]

A project conducted on behalf of the European Parliament on the “Security of eGovernment” addressed whether data, for example from medical applications, procurement or border identification procedures, are handled in a secure and efficient way.

ITAS starts a preliminary project on demand-oriented technology design with the "Evangelische Heimstiftung" [18.03.2014] The aim of the new MOVEMENZ project is the development of specifications for mobile technologies to provide the infrastructural preconditions and conceptual standards that allow people with dementia to move as freely as possible in their neighborhood according to their individual needs and requirements. more
EU project "ReNewTown" presented outcomes at its final conference in Ljubljana in February 2014 [13.03.2014] A center for cultural events, a museum of everyday culture, an open-air venue for all generations and an advisory center for start-up entrepreneurs – these are all examples for the outcomes of "ReNewTown". The aim of the EU project, in which ITAS participated, was the revitalization of towns in Central and Eastern Europe. more



Date  Event
28.07.-01.08.2014 Interdisciplinary International Graduate Summer School
The Regulative Capacity of Knowledge Objects: Opening the Black Box of Knowledge Governance