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Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald

Deputy head of institute:

Constanze Scherz


Elke Träutlein
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TATuP – Journal of Technology Assessment in Theory and Practice

The issue 2/2019 Digitalization in the Global South is online.

Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag


ITAS Yearbook 2018

ITAS Yearbook 2018


The ITAS newsletter informs about projects carried out at ITAS, new publications, ITAS staff and upcoming events of the institute.



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Welcome to ITAS

ITASThe Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) investigates scientific and technological developments with a focus on their impacts and possible systemic and unintended effects. It produces analytical knowledge and assessments of socio-technical developments in order to provide policy and design options for decision-makers. The research covers ethical, ecological, economic, social, political-institutional, and cultural questions. Major goals are advice for research and technology policy, provision of knowledge for the design of socio-technical systems, and the organization and observation of discursive processes on open and controversial questions of technology policy.


ITAS for Future
ITAS 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.

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.

Laser 3D-printed materials
The 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.



Artificial 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.

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.


further publications