ITAS Director new member of the acatech Executive Board [06.11.2014]

Armin Grunwald: ITAS Director

On 4 November 2014 the members of acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering elected Armin Grunwald into the Executive Board.

Scientific advice to policy makers and society is a challenge, explained Armin Grunwald in his speech at the ceremony in the evening after the election: "Technologies change more and more areas of our lives – which leads to an increasing need for technology assessment and the research of technology futures. This is the basis for democratic debates and decisions on technologies and procedures."

As head of the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag, Armin Grunwald has been a member of the acatech working groups Fundamental Issues of Science and Engineering and Technical Communication since 2012.

The National Academy of Science and Engineering was founded in 2002 and represents the interests of German science and engineering at home and abroad. Funded by the Federal Government and the German Länder, acatech provides policy advice on questions of technology sciences and technology policy. The Executive Board represents the National Academy of Science and Engineering to the outside and governs the academy.

Besides Armin Grunwald, new members of the Executive Board are information scientist Claudia Eckert, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security (AISEC), the mathematician Ursula Gather, Chairwoman of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach foundation, Christoph M. Schmidt, Professor for Business Policies and Applied Econometrics at the Ruhr University Bochum and President of the Rheinisch-Westfaelisches Institut fuer Wirtschaftsforschung e.V. (RWI) as well as Günther Schuh, Professor for Production Engineering at the RWTH Aachen University and Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT.

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