European Technology Assessment Group (ETAG)

Since October 2005 a group of European scientific institutes - with the Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Research Centre Karlsruhe, Germany as the leading partner - has been providing scientific services for the European Parliament on social, environmental and economic aspects of new technological and scientific developments. Like many other parliaments in Europe (see: the European Parliament at the end of the 1980s set up an institution for scientific advice regarding complex social, ecological and economic implications of modern technology and scientific research. At the European Parliament the process of consulting was and is organised by the so called STOA-Panel (Science and Technology Options Assessment, a parliamentary body consisting of 15 Members of Parliament representing several parliamentary committees. In view of the growing importance of a European science and technology policy the European Parliament decided in 2005 to support STOA's activities by establishing permanent co-operation with a group of institutions with relevant expertise in the field of Technology Assessment. Starting from June 2018 the European Technology Assessment Group for a third period of 3 years will support STOA by carrying out TA-studies. The focus of ETAG's activities on behalf of the European Parliament will be on studies in the fields of:

  • Eco Efficient Transport and Modern Energy Solutions,
  • Sustainable Mangement of natural Resources,
  • Potentials and Challenges of the Information Society,
  • Health and New Technologies in the Life Sciences,
  • Science Policy, Communication and Global Networking.

ETAG is made up by the following organisations:

  • the Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, which operates the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Parliament
  • the Rathenau Institute, the central TA institution in the Netherlands working for the Dutch parliament
  • the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, supporting ITAS in carrying out TA studies on behalf of the German Parliament
  • the Institute of Technology Assessment at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, providing scientific services for the Austrian Parliament
  • the Technology Centre AV CR, an institute active in TA related research run by the Czech Academy of Sciences
  • the Danish Board of Technology Foundation , which provides consultancy services for the national parliament
  • NORSUS Norwegian Institute for Sustainability Research
  • the Observatory of Technology Assessment, CICS.NOVA, University NOVA Lisbon, Portugal


Dr. Miltos Ladikas
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe

Tel.: +49 30 40750492