Institute for Technology Assessment and  Systems Analysis (ITAS)

Policy advice

Liefern Expertise für das Parlament: Die Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter des Büros für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB). (Bild: Markus Breig/KIT)
Provide their expertise to the parliament: The members of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB). (Photo: Markus Breig/KIT)
Liefern Expertise für das Parlament: Die Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter des Büros für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB). (Bild: Markus Breig/KIT)
The European Parliament commissions studies on the impacts of technological and scientific developments too. (Photo: CC-BY-4.0/© European Union 2020)

In order to contribute to a democratic dialogue on technology, we address the public. At the same time, our research results find their way into policy advice.

Since 1990, our Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB) has been providing advice to the members of parliament on all matters related to scientific or technological progress. Our focus is on fields of political activity such as the energy and mobility system, agriculture, the labor market, the health system, or research policy.

We also advise the European Commission and several federal and state ministries. Since 2005, we have been coordinating the European Technology Assessment Group (ETAG). This network of European TA institutions provides advice to the panel for Scientific Technological Options Assessment (STOA) of the European Parliament.