Institute for Technology Assessment and  Systems Analysis (ITAS)
Gregor Wolbring

Prof. Dr. Gregor Wolbring

  • Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
    Postfach 3640
    76021 Karlsruhe

Current positions

since 2008 Primary Position: Associate Professor in Department of Community Health Sciences, Stream Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, Faculty of Medicine, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Assistant Professor 2008-2012
since 2013 Visiting Professor of Ability Expectation and Ableism Studies American University of Sovereign Nations (AUSN); Visiting Professor (Faculty of Medicine), USA
since 2011 Fellow: Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa, Canada

Fields of work

  • Ability expectation and Ableism Studies (short Ability Studies)
  • Disability studies
  • Technology assessment of social robotics, brain machine interfaces, nanotechnology, synthetic biology, artificial intelligence and human enhancement
  • Sustainability
  • STEM education
  • Energy, water, climate change policies
  • Aging well
  • Human security (food, water, ability...)
  • Peace studies
  • Determinants of health, global health, health technology assessment, law, care and policies
  • Bioethic issues
  • Sport

More about me at https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/node/3153 and about my research group at https://wolbring.wordpress.com/academic-life-of-my-students-the-wolbpack/.

Professional background

1982 - 1989 Diploma in Biochemistry at the University of Tübingen and at the University College London, UK. Diploma 1989
1989 - 1992 PhD at University of Frankfurt a.M. and Max Planck Institute for Biophysics, Frankfurt a.M. , Germany; topic: protein kinase A and C and phosphatase 2A in bovine rod outer segments. Supervisors: Prof. Hartmut Michel and Dr. Neil Cook (both Max Planck Institute for Biophysics, Frankfurt a. M., Germany)
1992 - 1998 Post-Doc, University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Physiology and Biophysics; Supervisor: Prof. Schnetkamp
1998 - 2008 Research Associate University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Physiology and Biophysics (topic: thalidomide)
1998 - 2008 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Dept. of Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, University of Calgary, Canada
2002 - 2005 Adjunct Assistant Professor, John Dossetor Health Ethic Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
2005 - 2008 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary
since 2014 Member of scientific staff at ITAS

Selected publications

Wolbring, G.
Teaching About Ability expectation and its governance: the issue of STEM. In: Sheehy, Kieron; Holliman, Andrew (Eds.): Education and New Technologies. Perils and Promises for Learners. Routledge 2017, p. 121-140

Wolbring, G.; Diep, L.; Yumakulov, S.; Ball, N.; Leopatra, V.; Yergens, D.
Emerging Therapeutic Enhancement Enabling Health Technologies and Their Discourses: What Is Discussed within the Health Domain? In: Healthcare 2013, 1 (1), pp. 20-52

Wolbring, G.; Mackay, R.; Rybchinski, T.; Noga, J.
Disabled People and the Post-2015 Development Goal Agenda through a Disability Studies Lens. In: Sustainability 2013, 5 (10), pp.4152-4182

Wolbring, G.; Rybchinski, T.
Social Sustainability and Its Indicators through a Disability Studies and an Ability Studies Lens. In: Sustainability 2013, 5 (11), pp. 4889-4907

Publications


2018
Other
Nierling, L.; Maia, M. J.; Hennen, L.; Wolbring, G.; Bratan, T.; Kukk, P.; Cas, J.; Capari, L.; Krieger-Lamina, J.
Assistive technologies for people with disabilities. Part III: Perspectives, needs and opportunities.
2018. European Union, Bruxelles. doi:10.2861/11162
Nierling, L.; Maia, M. J.; Hennen, L.; Wolbring, G.; Bratan, T.; Kukk, P.; Cas, J.; Capari, L.; Krieger-Lamina, J.
Assistive technologies for people with disabilities. Part II: Current and emerging technologies.
2018. European Union, Bruxelles. doi:10.2861/567013
Nierling, L.; Maia, M. J.; Hennen, L.; Wolbring, G.; Bratan, T.; Kukk, P.; Cas, J.; Capari, L.; Krieger-Lamina, J.
Assistive technologies for people with disabilities. Part I: Regulatory, health and demographic aspects.
2018. European Union, Bruxelles. doi:10.2861/364554
2017
Presentations
Nierling, L.; Bratan, T.; Cas, J.; Hennen, L.; Maia, M.; Mordini, E.; Wolbring, G.
Assistive technologies - state of the art, regulation, perception and needs.
2017. 360⁰-Envsioning Meeting, STOA, Bruxelles, B, January 31, 2017 
2016
Presentations
Nierling, L.; Mordini, E.; Maia, M. J. F.; Bratan, T.; Cas, J.; Capari, L.; Wolbring, G.; Hennen, L.
Assistive technologies for the inclusion of people with disabilities in society, education and jobs.
2016. STOA Panel Meeting, European Parliament, Strasbourg, Frankreich, 15.12.2016 
2015
Presentations
Maia, M. J. F.; Wolbring, G.
Complementarity between health technology assessment and parliamentary technology assessment.
2015. 2nd European TA Conference, Berlin, February 25-27, 2015