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Welcome to the leading international institution for technology assessment!

Scientific and technological progress does not only improve our lives, but frequently has unexpected and often undesirable effects. At ITAS, we contribute to realizing its potential while minimizing its risks. 

Our addressees are politics, business, and society – the actors who shape scientific and technological progress. We offer them knowledge for action and point out possible solutions to global challenges.

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Energy transition: New project aims to strengthen rural areas

How can rural areas support the energy transition – and benefit from it at the same time? The EU project CIRCUS, which has been officially launched with the aim of establishing “energy communities” in five European model regions, is developing answers.

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More inclusive ways of citizen participation

The restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic have also hampered the work of real-world laboratories. In the "DuPa – Dual Mode Participation" project, researchers have researched new formats that combine digital and face-to-face participation.

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Strengthening resilience through better crisis prevention

Classical mechanisms are no longer sufficient to adequately address crises of a systemic nature. A new TAB study identifies options for policy makers to better anticipate and prepare for systemic crises.

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New TATuP issue focuses on the malicious use of technology

How can technology assessment help prevent the misuse of technology to promote radicalization and terrorist violence? The current TATuP Special topic seeks to put issues of malevolent creativity and civil security on the TA map.

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