Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)

Institute for Technology Assessment and  Systems Analysis (ITAS)

Farsighted research

ITAS is the leading international institution for technology assessment. We contribute to exploiting the potential of technical progress 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.
ITAS profile

Synthetic fuels: A sustainable option for the gas pump?
Sustainable mobility: Fuels from renewable sources

Synthetic fuels from Power-to-X processes could make a valuable contribution to the energy and transport transition. In his doctoral project, Manuel Andresh examines how to design and use the technology as sustainably as possible.

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Survey: Consequences of the corona pandemic

What are the long-term social consequences of the corona crisis? How will everyday life change, and where should policy intervene? ITAS researchers have put theses up for debate that can be evaluated in an online survey.

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AI with heart? A dissertation project at ITAS explores ways to consider ethical principles during development.
AI development: Focus on people

Artificial intelligence should help to improve our lives in many different areas. But how do we ensure that society actually benefits from these systems? This question is now in the focus of a dissertation project at ITAS.

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Geothermal energy for KIT Campus
Geothermal energy for KIT Campus

It’s hot beneath KIT’s Campus North. At a depth of only three kilometers, the temperature is about 170°C. The GECKO project investigates how this potential can be used for the transition of the heating sector while also considering societal concerns.

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Causes, extent and effects of light pollution

The TAB-Arbeitsbericht Nr. 186 summarizes the state of scientific knowledge regarding the extent and trends of light pollution and its effects.

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New TATuP issue on “Converging Infrastructures”

Digitalization allows networks for energy, mobility, and information to be linked ever more closely. How these “converging infrastructures” can be used for social transformation is addressed in the current TATuP.

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Paper on 3D printing: Technology assessment is needed
Paper on 3D printing: Technology assessment is needed

A statement by the German academies of science highlights research needs, potentials, and options for action in dealing with additive manufacturing processes. One of the authors is Rafaela Hillerbrand, professor of philosophy of technology at ITAS.

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Real-world lab: Experimental book “Dein Quartier und Du”

The ITAS real-world lab “District Future” presents a multi-perspective book about research, change, and approaches for a good future for all of us. It depicts the events surrounding the experiment series “Your SustainabilityExperiment”.

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