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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: bueroVbp1∂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 1/2014 of the journal TATuP is available.

Cover 3/2013

Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag



Comments and criticism welcome. E-mail

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.


Conference "Sustainability 2014" points up pathways towards the sustainable city [24.07.2014]

In May 2014, the international conference "Sustainability 2014: Future Urban Development at Different Scales" took place at ITAS. Experts from different disciplines from research and practice reflected on current challenges and perspectives of the sustainable development of cities, urban regions and districts.

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TAB: Experts wanted [17.07.2014]

The Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag released 5 new requests for experts. more

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TAB report on "Climate Engineering" [14.07.2014] Whether and under what conditions climate engineering could provide a contribution to the prevention of climate change, or even should, is the focus of the newly published TAB report. more
PACITA Conference: Call for Papers open! [10.07.2014] We are asking for paper submissions for the PACITA Conference "The Next Horizon of Technology Assessment". 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
21.09.-24.09.2014 S.NET 6th Annual Meeting
Better Technologies With No Regret?
06.10.2014 ITAS-Kolloquium
Wissen begreifen - zur Selbstorganisation von Wissen
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Neuser