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Here you can find the so far published news in 2019. News on publications you can find below. Subscribe to the ITAS news via RSS feed.

2019
Video stillShort film explaining real-world labs

A real-world lab – what is that supposed to be actually? It is a central challenge in transdisciplinary work to present science in an understandable way. With its new short film, the real-world lab Quartier Zukunft wants to contribute to that.

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ITAS scientist Miltos LadikasGlobal TA on UN’s agenda

How can technology assessment help to reach the United Nations sustainability goals? At the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), ITAS scientist Miltos Ladikas reported on the goal to establish a worldwide TA network.

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ITAS for Future - Open Doors at the institute“ITAS for Future” – Open doors at the institute

On 23 and 24 May, ITAS opens its doors to pupils, students and those who are interested in its work. They are invited to find out more about approaches for a better climate protection and more sustainability and discuss these topics with researchers.

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Logo TABNew projects of TAB

The German Bundestag has decided about the TAB work programme for 2019/2020. In preparation, TAB commented on almost 50 requests for investigation by the Bundestag committees and parliamentary groups.

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Armin Grunwald, Leiter des ITAS im Foresight Zukunftskreis des BMBFHead of ITAS appointed to Future Circle

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research uses a foresight process to identify and analyze technological and societal trends. As a member of the Future Circle (“Zukunftskreis”), Armin Grunwald accompanies the third foresight cycle.

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Meeting at the Russian Academy of SciencesITAS delegation in Moscow

Scientists from ITAS visited Moscow from 1 to 12 April 2019 for an exchange on Technology Assessment (TA) and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). In the future, they want to work even more closely with the Russian partners in these fields.

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New Network of Real-World Labs for SustainabilityIncreasing real-world labs’ visibility

In cooperation with the Wuppertal Institute, Leuphana University, and Ecornet, ITAS has established the “Network of Real-World Labs for Sustainability”, a platform for and about real-world labs that research, and act in line with, sustainable development.

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8th openTA workshopopenTA workshop

On 16 and 17 May 2019, the 8th workshop of the online portal openTA will take place. At the event "Young science and digital communities: Chances, challenges and importance of online specialist portals in cyberscience 2.0" a manifesto for a TA portal will be created.

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Battery laboratory at the Helmholtz Institute UlmSustainable batteries of tomorrow

In the Cluster of Excellence POLiS, 25 research groups are working on high-performance battery technologies beyond lithium. ITAS accompanies the development process with the aim of considering environmental, economic, and social aspects from the outset.

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Schlossgarten Karlsruhe - project green lungProject on resilience of urban trees and forests

Sustaining urban green is fundamental to human well-being as growing cities face increasing impacts from climate change and pollution. A new BMBF-funded project led by ITAS will develop strategies for increasing resilience of city trees and urban forests.

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Logo 4th European Technology Assessment ConferenceCall for Papers: European TA conference

In November 2019 the European TA community meets in Bratislava. The conference puts up for discussion how technology assessment and related activities can contribute to policy making on science, technology and innovation. The 1st call ends 31 March 2019.

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DNA double helix“Precise” medicine with side effects

The combination of artificial intelligence, modern human genomics, and genome editing could enable new therapies for diseases, but also non-medical “genetic improvements”. ITAS analyzes the consequences and develops options for action.

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Thematic evening “Wie fair ist die digitale Welt?”Thematic evening “Wie fair ist die digitale Welt?”

On Tuesday, 26. February 2019, the next session of technik.kontrovers will take place. Scientists and the audience will discuss about the discriminatory risks of using artificial intelligence in areas like jobs, lending or health insurance.

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Components of the Open Artificial Pancreas SystemType 1 diabetes: Impact assessment on DIY technology

With hacked insulin pumps, a growing community wants to better meet the needs of people with type 1 diabetes. A PhD project sheds light on the background of the jointly developed alternative to established medical technology.

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Students of the Bauman Moscow State Technical University visiting ITASVisit by students from Moscow

From 16 to 25 January 2019, ITAS provided insights into current developments in Technology Assessment to prospective sociologists of technology from Russia. Researchers from several disciplines and institutions took part in the programme.

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Developing a solar energy system for the Mixteca area in the State of Puebla, MexicoEnergy transition in Mexico

The innovative use of renewable energies could have significant ecological, economic and social benefits for Mexico. At ITAS, Patricia Oviedo develops strategies for the implementation of a solar energy system in the arid Mixteca region of the country.

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New publications

An overview of all publications you find here.

2019
news_2019_021_Futures_sozio-technische_Zukünfte“Futures” on socio-technical futures

The current issue of “Futures” focuses on the question of how socio-technical futures have a bearing on real innovation processes and their governance. The editors of the focus are staff members of ITAS and STePS, respectively.

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news_2019_tab_004Prenatal diagnostics comprehensively considered

The TAB-Arbeitsbericht Nr. 184 is now available for the political debate of the German Bundestag in the run-up to the forthcoming decision on the future of prenatal diagnostics.

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ENTRIA final reportENTRIA final report

How can we shape complex negotiation processes in the context of nuclear waste disposal? For five years, the ITAS final repository team has dealt with this question in the framework of the interdisciplinary ENTRIA project. The results are now available.

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TATuP 1/2019 "Normativität in der Technikfolgenabschätzung"TATuP on Normativity in TA

Technology assessment (TA) has to deal with the conflict between commitment and neutrality. The current TATuP issue 1/2019 questions the myth of neutrality in TA and wants to further the debate on its normative aspects.

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news_2019_tab_003Health apps on the test bench

Almost every day new health apps come onto the market. The TAB-Arbeitsbericht Nr. 179 presents trends and developments and depicts socio-political options for action.

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news_2019_008_Global_TATowards a global TA

Worldwide effects of technologies require a Technology Assessment (TA) beyond national borders. This provides the starting point for the edited book, which examines TA activities across the globe also regarding common approaches to global challenges.

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news_2019_tab_002Documentation of the expert discussion “Robotics in care”

The summaries of the experts' contributions and the video recording of the TAB event are now available.

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Study Attitudes towards big data practices and the institutional framework of privacy and data protectionAttitudes towards big data practices

Researchers of the ABIDA project conducted a nationwide survey in Germany on opinions towards big data applications in practice. One of the results: Automated decisions are mostly rejected irrespective of demographic characteristics or personal values.

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news_2019_tab_001From A for “Autonomer Güterverkehr” to Z for “Zukunft der Apotheken”

TAB has published six new short thematic profiles from its “Horizon Scanning” series.

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