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Here you can find the so far published news in 2017. News on publications you can find below.

2017
TAB LogoNew projects of TAB

The work program of the TAB for 2017/2018 was decided. It contains 10 new projects, for which the TAB has presented project concepts. They were approved by the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment (ABFTA) of the German Bundestag.

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TAB LogoExperts wanted

TAB is looking for experts in six different projects. Topics are (among other things) electromagnetic fields, sustainability assessment of agricultural systems, light pollution and autonomous weapon systems.

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GAIA Best Paper Award for ITAS scientistsGAIA Best Paper Award for ITAS scientists

Jürgen Kopfmüller and Markus Winkelmann from ITAS developed criteria for responsible research which were published in GAIA. The article now received the editors’ award of the journal for environmental and sustainability issues.

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Conference “2000 Revisited – A look back to the future”Conference “2000 Revisited – A look back to the future”

On 6 and 7 May 2017 young researchers from the humanities and social sciences meet up at ITAS to examine the turn of the millennium as an efficacious reference point for future visions of all kinds. Registrations are still possible until 23 April 2017.

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Thematic evening “Visions for tomorrow’s society” technik.kontroversThematic evening “Visions for tomorrow’s society”

On Monday, 27 March 2017, at 6 p.m. the next session of the ITAS series of events “technik.kontrovers” will take place. Scientists and the audience discuss how in future technology can be used for the benefit of all.

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INOPRO – Intelligent Orthotics and ProstheticsNew project on intelligent prostheses

The aim of the INOPRO project is to develop intuitively controllable prostheses which adapt to the needs of their users. ITAS supports the innovation process and analyzes the ethical, legal, and social dimensions of this technology.

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Two awards for Karlsruhe’s Urban Transition Lab Two awards for Karlsruhe’s Urban Transition Lab

The ITAS project “Urban Transition Lab 131” was honoured with two awards by the German Council for Sustainable Development in February: with the “Project Sustainability 2017” quality seal and as one of four “Transformation Projects” in Germany.

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TA International CornerInternational Corner: News from European TA institutions

What is new in Europe’s TA scene? The third issue (winter 2016/2017) of the “International Corner” informs about the latest projects, publications and news from TA institutions all over Europe.

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German-Chilean co-operation on the water-energy nexusGerman-Chilean co-operation on the water-energy nexus

The environment in Chile is suffering from a high agricultural water demand. A German-Chilean network promoted by ITAS scientist Helmut Lehn is expected to improve this situation. A workshop in Santiago de Chile marks the beginning of this co-operation.

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Project on increasing resilience of working forestsProject on increasing resilience of commercial forests

How could native forests be better protected from the extreme impacts of climate change, and biodiversity be preserved? These questions are being addressed by the ITAS in cooperation with forestry scientists of the University of Freiburg.

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Kalrsruhe´s climate partner Los BancosITAS expert supports Karlsruhe’s climate partnership

The city of Karlsruhe and the Los Bancos canton in Ecuador have been working on joint climate projects for two years. An action plan which was developed with the aid of ITAS scientist Volker Stelzer shall be implemented step by step, starting in 2017.

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PRISMA project on RRI graphicsPromoting RRI approaches in European Industry

Companies in the EU still lack experience in RRI practices. The new PRISMA project, with eight Europe-wide industrial pilot projects, aims to show the added value of opening up the innovation process for social engagement and gender issues.

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New publications

An overview of all publications you find here.

2017
news_2017_014_Zielkonflikte der NachhaltigkeitConflicting goals of sustainability

In his doctoral thesis Marc Dusseldorp develops a completely new perspective on the way to deal with conflicting goals of sustainability. Instead of decision-making or weighing procedures the ITAS researcher focuses on a scenario-based assessment.

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news_2017_008_Publikation_ENERGYTRANSNew publication on the energy transition

The Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY-TRANS has explored the energy transition from an interdisciplinary perspective. The book presents key findings of a research project on the transformation of the energy system.

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news_2017_004_ Laudato-SiScientific perspective on environmental encyclical

Climate and environmental protection are the key themes of Pope Francis’s Encyclical “Laudato Si’”. 25 researchers of various disciplines have now dealt with the Pope’s essay – among them Armin Grunwald and Christine Rösch from ITAS.

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news_2017_003_Diskussionspapier_Soziotechnische_ZukünfteDiscussion paper on “socio-technical futures”

Technology visions, future scenarios, development models: Different imaginations of the future are getting more and more attention in public discourse. Researchers now put the question how TA should deal with this development up to debate.

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