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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
Crowdwork ProjektEuropean project on crowd work

ITAS researchers study the effects of new forms of digital work. In a European research project, they analyze the organization of crowd work and how to improve the working conditions of crowd workers.

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The initiators of “globalTA”: Miltos Ladikas, Michael Nentwich und Julia Hahn. International TA network introduced in Bratislava

The European TA community has launched “global TA” to cross-link beyond the continent’s borders. The network was now presented at the 4th European TA Conference in Bratislava. Initiators and members shared their motivations and visions in a video.

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Source: Bewakoof.com / UnsplashClimate-neutral city project

How can a variety of actors be networked for the vision of an environmentally and climate-friendly city? This is the underlying question of the “Connect to transform” project, which is part of a Swedish project on climate-neutral cities.

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do-it-yourself system for automatic regulation of blood glucose levelsCitizen science: Pilot project on type 1 diabetes launched at ITAS

Self-developed systems promise a better quality of life for type 1 diabetics. In a pilot project of the Helmholtz Association, researchers support those affected in evaluating their technology themselves.

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Image of Paula BögelFellow investigates actors in sustainability transitions

In spring 2019, Paula Bögel was elected as a fellow by the KIT “Young Investigator Group Preparation Program”. The business psychologist can now set up a junior research group in ITAS to explore questions on socio-technical transition processes.

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Graphic: Johanna SterrerKick-off for local climate heroes

“Climate protection – let’s dare it together!” – the District Future project will support 100 households in Karlsruhe in integrating climate-friendly behavior into their everyday lives. The collective self-experiments start on 29 October 2019.

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Logo TABTAB in the foyer - an eye on future technologies

The TAB event on 25.09.2019 in the Paul-Löbe-Haus provided an opportunity for numerous members of the Bundestag and their staff to get into conversation.

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ITAS for FutureITAS for Future – Open doors at the institute

On 19 and 20 September 2019, ITAS opens its doors 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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technik.kontrovers "Mensch | Macht | Klima"Thematic evening „Mensch | Macht | Klima“

At Fridays for Future, millions of people around the world protest for a climate-friendly policy. On Tuesday, 17. September 2019, the series technik.kontrovers at ITAS offers food for thought, in order to make a personal contribution to climate protection.

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Laser 3D-printed materialsThe futures of 3D printing

A team of researchers at ITAS is part of the Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order. With a view towards visions of the future, the team assesses the societal implications of 3D printing technologies and engages in dialogue with society.

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Head of ITAS Armin GrunwaldArmin Grunwald appointed by International Science Council

The Governing Board of the International Science Council (ISC) nominated the head of ITAS as member of its Committee for Science Planning. The recently constituted body addresses major issues concerned with science-for-policy and policy-for-science.

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Mobility decisionsDissertation on the social context of mobility

In her PhD project at ITAS, Maike Puhe examines how personal networks affect mobility decisions. Her results will be incorporated into an agent-based travel demand model developed at KIT.

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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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FUTUREBODYFutures of the human body

The FUTUREBODY research project, coordinated by ITAS, deals with the potential and increasingly real technologization of humans. Its transdisciplinary approach includes a film festival, which is open to submissions of work until the end of July.

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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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Image: PixabayProject on the “consciousness” of artificial intelligence

Visions of “conscious” machines are accompanied by either euphoric enthusiasm or dystopian warnings. To demystify the topic, ITAS scientists want to analyze current discourses and create a common knowledge base.

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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
Cover "European E-Democracy in Practice". Source: Springer.European E-Democracy in Practice

Together with scientists from the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark and Germany, ITAS researcher Leonhard Hennen explores how digital tools and social media can contribute to a better participation of EU citizens in European politics.

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news_2019_tab_010Preimplantation diagnostics in focus

With the Arbeitsbericht Nr. 182, TAB presents a concentrated overview of the developments in preimplantation diagnostics since the establishment of the first approved centres in Germany.

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CoverActivity report 2018 of the TAB

The compact review of activities and research results of TAB in 2018 is available online.

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Position paper on e-sports. Source: KITPosition paper on e-sports published

Electronic “sports” are increasing in popularity – and there are still a large number of open questions. The authors of a joint position paper by sports science and technology assessment deal with the current state of the debate.

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news_2019_tab_008Climate neutral truck traffic?

The new TAB-Arbeitsbericht Nr. 181 focuses on the potential of algae-based fuels for truck traffic. However, other fuels and their respective propulsion systems are also addressed.

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news_2019_032_lookKIT_zu_TransferlookKIT on transfer – two examples at ITAS

The new issue of lookKIT deals with (knowledge) transfer into society and politics and presents two examples provided by ITAS: The Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag and the project “Energy transformation in dialogue”.

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news_2019_tab_007How health apps are used and evaluated

The TAB-Sensor Nr. 2 illustrates the results of a nationwide representative survey on the benefits of health apps and on possible fields of action from the point of view of the population.

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Study: Algorithms and discriminationStudy: Algorithms and discrimination

Algorithms have the potential to disadvantage people on the basis of certain personal characteristics. This is the conclusion reached by Carsten Orwat, researcher at ITAS, in a recent study for the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency.

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news_2019_026_Whitepaper_KI_DiskriminierungArtificial intelligence and discrimination

Armin Grunwald and a team of researchers have analyzed the reasons and forms of discrimination by algorithms. Their whitepaper calls, among other things, for an independent supervisory authority for artificial intelligence.

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TATuP 2/2019 "Digitalization in the Global South"TATuP on Digitalization in the Global South

Information and communications technology (ICT) creates new opportunities, but also poses risks. The TATuP special topic in issue 2/2019 addresses specific challenges in the Global South and places TA of digitalization in a global context.

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The Ecological Limits of Work: on carbon emissions, carbon budgets and working timeWorking time and climate change

To effectively counter the climate crisis at current emission levels, people in Germany would need to limit themselves to six hours of work a week in the future. This is the conclusion drawn by Philipp Frey in his study “The Ecological Limits of Work”.

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news_2019_tab_006Various insights into the work programme of TAB

The TAB-Brief Nr. 50 presents, among other things, the new TA projects adopted by the German Bundestag as well as the latest short thematic profiles from Horizon Scanning.

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news_2019_tab_005Virtual and extended realities

Applications of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality have become increasingly important in many private and professional contexts in recent years. The TAB-Arbeitsbericht Nr. 180 on status quo, challenges and future developments in this field has now been published.

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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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