lookKIT on transfer – two examples at ITAS

The new issue of lookKIT deals with (knowledge) transfer into society and politics and presents two examples provided by ITAS: The Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag and the project “Energy transformation in dialogue”.
lookKIT zu Transfer – zwei Beispiele am ITAS
lookKIT 2019/3 (Source: KIT)

Thinking transfer in a holistic and comprehensive manner, in all activities in research, teaching and innovation – that is the aspiration of KIT. The current issue of the lookKIT magazine now also focuses on this topic. As emphasized by KIT President Holger Hanselka, it is KIT’s responsibility to make the knowledge gained accessible to society.

As examples, the KIT President also mentions two ITAS projects, which are presented in the new issue: The Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB) and the transdisciplinary project “Energy transformation in dialogue – from real-world lab to Karlsruhe’s transformation center” (EDia).

For almost 30 years, TAB has served the German Bundestag as an independent source of information for social and parliamentary debate. “In parliamentary work, the demand for knowledge on interactions of new technologies is growing in all policy areas, since in our society only few issues are not related to technical solutions,” stresses Armin Grunwald, head of ITAS. Pages 18-20 of the new lookKIT issue are devoted to the work and importance of TAB for the members of the German Bundestag.

“Energy transformation in dialogue” – this is the motto of the EDia project, where researchers at ITAS are looking for ways to enable citizens to participate in shaping the transformation of the energy system. “We want to bring together citizens, municipal employees, business people, researchers, and students,” explains Volker Stelzer, co-project manager, making it clear that transfer is of central importance in this project. More information on EDia and real-world lab research at ITAS can be found in the new lookKIT issue on pages 22-25. (09.10.2019)

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