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Head of institute

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 1/2019 Normativität in der Technikfolgenabschätzung 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.


8th openTA workshop
openTA workshop

On 16 and 17 May 2019, the 8th workshop of the online portal openTA will take place. At the event "Young science and digital communities: Chances, challenges and importance of online specialist portals in cyberscience 2.0" a manifesto for a TA portal will be created.

Battery laboratory at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm
Sustainable batteries of tomorrow

In the Cluster of Excellence POLiS, 25 research groups are working on high-performance battery technologies beyond lithium. ITAS accompanies the development process with the aim of considering environmental, economic, and social aspects from the outset.

Schlossgarten Karlsruhe - project green lung
Project on resilience of urban trees and forests

Sustaining urban green is fundamental to human well-being as growing cities face increasing impacts from climate change and pollution. A new BMBF-funded project led by ITAS will develop strategies for increasing resilience of city trees and urban forests.



TATuP 1/2019 "Normativität in der Technikfolgenabschätzung"
TATuP on Normativity in TA

Technology assessment (TA) has to deal with the conflict between commitment and neutrality. The current TATuP issue 1/2019 questions the myth of neutrality in TA and wants to further the debate on its normative aspects.

Health apps on the test bench

Almost every day new health apps come onto the market. The TAB-Arbeitsbericht Nr. 179 presents trends and developments and depicts socio-political options for action.


further publications