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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.

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Legislative initiative for real world labs

The German Federal Ministry for Economy wants to create a legal framework for the interaction of science and society in real world labs. Oliver Parodi, real world lab pioneer at ITAS, welcomes the endeavor, but calls for a “consistent sustainability orientation.”

From the “bicycle revolution” to “space-based power generation”

TAB has presented five new topic profiles from its horizon scanning. They provide a compact overview of opportunities and risks of new technologies and concepts as well as impulses for future research and innovations.

“Openness”: New study on open source, open government, and blockchain

Paulina Dobroć conducts research at ITAS on social perceptions of digital transformation and its effects. In her now published dissertation, she presents a comprehensive study on the vision of openness in the digital world.

Mobility: Doctoral thesis examines importance of social relationships

For a successful mobility transition, it is important to understand the conditions under which people are willing to change their choice of mobility destinations. ITAS scientist Maike Puhe dealt with this issue in her dissertation.




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