Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)

Institute for Technology Assessment and  Systems Analysis (ITAS)

Farsighted research

ITAS is the leading international institution for technology assessment. We contribute to exploiting the potential of technical progress while minimizing its risks. Our addressees are politics, business, and society – the actors who shape scientific and technological progress. We offer them knowledge for action and point out possible solutions to global challenges.
ITAS profile

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Online event: ITAS for Future

On 24 September 2020, the ITAS will be open to pupils, students, and those interested in its work. They are invited to find out more about approaches for better climate protection and more sustainability and discuss these topics with researchers.

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Medicine and health: New project on data use

Digital health technologies generate “data treasures”, but their use raises ethical, legal, and social questions. ITAS will pursue these questions in cooperation with the University of Freiburg. In July, the project partners met for the kick-off event.

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Synthetic fuels: A sustainable option for the gas pump?
Sustainable mobility: Fuels from renewable sources

Synthetic fuels from Power-to-X processes could make a valuable contribution to the energy and transport transition. In his doctoral project, Manuel Andresh examines how to design and use the technology as sustainably as possible.

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Survey: Consequences of the corona pandemic

What are the long-term social consequences of the corona crisis? How will everyday life change, and where should policy intervene? ITAS researchers have put theses up for debate that can be evaluated in an online survey.

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New short thematic profiles from TAB's Horizon-Scanning published

The spectrum of topics ranges from technologies for more sustainable material cycles to the use of artificially intelligent assistants in the working world.

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Algorithms: Study on discrimination risks translated
Algorithms: Study on discrimination risks translated

In a study for the German Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency ITAS researcher Carsten Orwat analysed “Risks of Discrimination through the Use of Algorithms”. To make the results internationally accessible the publication is now available in English.

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TAB activity report 2019 published

The compact review of activities and research results of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag is available online.

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Causes, extent and effects of light pollution

The TAB-Arbeitsbericht Nr. 186 summarizes the state of scientific knowledge regarding the extent and trends of light pollution and its effects.

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