Institute for Technology Assessment and  Systems Analysis (ITAS)
Franziska U. Börner

Dr. Franziska U. Börner

  • Scientific staff until 2019
  • resigned
  • Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag
  • Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB)
    Neue Schönhauser Straße 10
    10178 Berlin


2010 PhD in social psychology, University of Kassel, Germany
2007 German university degree “Diplom” in Media Management, University of Applied Sciences Mittweida, Germany
2006 Master in Health, Science, and Environmental Communication, Marquette University, Wisconsin, USA
2004 - 2006 Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship
2002 Bachelor (Honours) Media and Management, University of Leeds, England
2000 - 2006 Hanns-Seidel Journalism Scholarship

Professional background

2012 - 2019 Member of scientific staff, Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
2011 - 2012 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine, University of Mannitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
2010 - 2012 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
2007 - 2010 Researcher, Program Group “Humans, Environment, Technology” Research Center Jülich, Germany
2004 - 2006 Research assistant, Dietrich College of Communication, Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA

Fields of work

  • Communicating complex scientific evidence to non-experts focusing on controversial health, environmental and technology issues. How information about controversial health, environmental and risk issues and research is presented in social media
  • Risk information seeking, sharing, and processing; factors that drive communication behavior; implications for risk communication strategies
  • Design and evaluation of pandemic risk communication strategies, including communication about uncertainty and vaccine safety


Börner, F.; Kehl, C.; Nierling, L.
Chancen und Risiken mobiler und digitaler Kommunikation in der Arbeitswelt.
2017. Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB) 
Nierling, L.; Börner, F.
Digitalisation of work - visions vs. empirical evidence.
2015. NTA-Workshop ’Technology and Work from a TA Perspective’, Karlsruhe, November 27, 2015 
Journal Articles
Börner, F. U.; Schütz, H.; Wiedemann, P.
The fragility of omics risk and benefit perceptions.
2011. Toxicology Letters, 201, 249–257. doi:10.1016/j.toxlet.2011.01.008