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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: bueroAix8∂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 2/2014 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.


New dissertation project on sustainable options to improve waste management [19.09.2014]

The dissertation project "Sustainable options to improve the waste management of Belo Horizonte, Brazil" seeks to analyze Belo Horizonte city as an example of the challenges and opportunities that similar cities are facing for reducing the quantity of waste for final treatment and disposal.

New dissertation project about the Ethics of Innovation [17.09.2014]

The dissertation project "Futures, Visions and Responsibility – The Ethics of Innovation" deals with the normative questions of visionary practices. The dissertation will answer the question whether distributers of technological visions are responsible for the technological development. Different concepts of responsibility will be examined and applied.

New publication: Innovation and Responsibility [10.09.2014]

"Innovation and Responsibility: Engaging with New and Emerging Technologies" constitutes the fifth volume in the series "Studies of New and Emerging Technologies / S.NET". The contributions explore manifold aspects of responsible innovation. more

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Public committee meeting on TAB report "Climate Engineering" [08.09.2014] Based on the results of the TAB project "Climate Engineering" discuss on 09.24.2014 members of the German Bundestag with experts and the public. more



Date Event
21.09.-24.09.2014 Logo S.NET 2014S.NET 6th Annual Meeting
Better Technologies With No Regret?
06.10.2014 ITAS-Kolloquium
Wissen begreifen - zur Selbstorganisation von Wissen
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Neuser