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Head of institute

Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald
Prof. Dr. Michael Decker


Bettina Schmidt-Leis
Phone: 0721 608-22501
Fax: 0721 608-24806
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Technology Assessment - Theory and Practice

The issue 1/2015 of the journal TATuP is available.

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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.


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Film visions for tomorrow’s world

Submissions to the 1st Foresight Film Festival were shown in Halle (Saale) on Thursday, 2 July 2015. An interdisciplinary panel of experts – including ITAS director Michael Decker – selected 16 short films for this occasion.

QuartrBack for people with dementia
Project start of "QuartrBack" for people with dementia

ITAS participates in the development of an intelligent emergency chain that enables people with dementia as much as possible to live a self-determined life.

Armin Grunwald und Michael Decker, kollegiale Institutsleitung des ITAS
Professor Michael Decker appointed as collegial head of institute

The presidential committee of KIT has appointed Michael Decker in consultation with the institute as second head of ITAS. This is the successful conclusion of a process initiated by Armin Grunwald who was the sole head of the institute so far.



Opportunities and criteria of a general sustainability seal

The TAB report no. 163 provides an analysis of the national discussion, classifies key concepts and proposals and thus is a well-founded presentation of the potentials and problems for a sustainability seal.

Modellierte Zukunft – Energieszenarien in der wissenschaftlichen Politikberatung
PhD thesis on energy scenarios

Christian Dieckhoff published his PhD thesis under the title “Modelled Future – Energy Scenarios in Scientific Policy Advice”.


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