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Here you can find the so far published news in 2020. News on publications you can find below. Subscribe to the ITAS news via RSS feed.

2020
The “ErWiN” project is looking for tree species that can reduce the risk of forest fires. Forest management: Resilience to fires

More frequent droughts can lead to an increase in the number of forest fires in Germany. Together with other KIT institutes, ITAS wants to contribute to a better understanding of their dynamics and to making the forest more resistant.

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TAB logoWorld without cash - changes in the classic banking and payment systems

The interim results of the short study “World without Cash” on current trends and developments in the payment traffic ecosystem will be discussed with experts in a public expert meeting.

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The new co-chairpersons of the National Support Body: Miranda Schreurs and Armin Grunwald. (Photo: Aygül Cizmecioglu/NBG)Final repository search: Head of ITAS takes over chair of Support Body

Armin Grunwald is the new co-chairman of the National Support Body for the search for a final nuclear waste repository. During the inaugural meeting, Grunwald explained that the body has to play a proactive role in the selection process in the future.

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In the BATTERY 2030+ project, AI systems will independently plan and evaluate new experiments. (Source: Daniel Messling, KIT)Roadmap for the battery research of the future

On the way to a climate-friendly society, the demand for innovative battery storage systems increases. The European research initiative BATTERY 2030+ has presented a roadmap for new concepts. Researchers from ITAS are also involved.

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How sustainable are different approaches to use carbon dioxide as raw material instead of emitting it into the atmosphere? An ITAS team deals with this question in two projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).Climate change: Carbon dioxide as a sustainable raw material

How sustainable are different approaches to use carbon dioxide as raw material instead of emitting it into the atmosphere? An ITAS team deals with this question in two projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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With the “tools” of the AI Ethics Impact Group, the ethical quality of AI systems can be classified. (Source: William Warby / Unsplash)Ethics label developed for AI systems

The discussion on how algorithms can be designed ethically is making great progress. But how to apply the guidelines in practice? This question is the subject of a new study involving ITAS researchers.

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Armin Grunwald, head of ITAS on consequences of the corona pandemicSociety and technology: consequences of the corona pandemic

Digital technologies are a great help, but cannot replace analogue communication in the long term, says head of ITAS Armin Grunwald. At the same time, it is important to make us more aware of our dependence on technologies and economic processes.

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Logo TABPresentation of TAB activities in the 19th legislative period

The work of TAB was on the agenda of the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment of the German Bundestag.

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Logo of the BMBF-project MOTRATechnology monitoring: Preventing extremism

What is the potential of new IT and communication technologies with regard to radicalization processes? In the BMBF project MOTRA, ITAS deals with innovation dynamics and examines their side effects and ethical aspects.

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technik.kontrovers "Zukünfte des 3D-Drucks"Thematic evening “Zukünfte des 3D-Drucks”

Do we print the world as we like it? With this motto, scientists will discuss the present, future and the social dimension of 3D printing with the guests of the “technik.kontrovers” series on Wednesday, 11 March 2020.

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European Energy Research Alliance (EERA)Transforming the European energy system

How can the EU implement its climate targets without losing sight of social, economic, and environmental objectives? Indicators developed by ITAS in the EU project SUPEERA are intended to provide orientation in the evaluation of energy policies.

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TeQfor1 - project is looking for citizen scientistsType 1 diabetes: “citizen scientists” wanted

In the TeQfor1 project, researchers at ITAS are investigating the effects of open source technologies for automated insulin delivery on the quality of life of people with type 1 diabetes. The project is looking for people using such systems.

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Venue of the Open Science Summer School: Palacio de Miramar in San SebastiánInternational Summer School on Open Science

This year’s ITAS Summer School in San Sebastián deals with the ambivalences of “open science” in times of social and scientific change. PhD students are welcome to apply until 15 March 2020.

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Event "Mensch Macht Klima"Thematic evening “Mensch | Macht | Klima”

How climate protection works in everyday live is hotly debated. For the second time, on Tuesday, 18. February 2020, the series technik.kontrovers at ITAS offers food for thought for making a personal contribution to climate protection.

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New podcast: „Labor Zukunft – Forschung ohne Kittel“ (Future Lab – Research Without Lab Coats) District Future launches podcast

On 28 January 2020, the podcast „Labor Zukunft – Forschung ohne Kittel“ started on Campusradio Karlsruhe. Every two months, it now provides insights into real-world lab research and practice for a good and sustainable life in Karlsruhe.

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New publications

An overview of all publications you find here.

2020
Paper on 3D printing: Technology assessment is neededPaper 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.

news_2020_015_Dein_Quartier_und_DuReal-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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news_2020_tab_003Legal Tech - Potentials and applications of technology-based legal advice

TAB-Arbeitsbericht Nr. 185 deals with the use of technologies in legal advice, ranging from simple, platform-based support to partially or fully automated solutions.

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news_2020_012_VA_3D_DruckVision assessment on 3D printing

What visionary narratives and technology futures are associated with 3D printing technologies? The first report of the ITAS vision assessment team in the Cluster of Excellence “3D Matter Made to Order” explores this empirical question.

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TATuP 1/2020 “Cybersecurity”New TATuP issue on “Cybersecurity”

Modern societies depend on digital infrastructures and have to defend themselves against cyberattacks. The Special Topic of the current TATuP issue deals with the possibilities and risks of the employed technologies.

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news_2020_tab_002Pharmaceutical residues in drinking water and water bodies

Against the background of increasing consumption of pharmaceuticals, TAB presents in its Arbeitsbericht No. 183 a concentrated overview of the state of knowledge on quantities, qualities and effects of micropollutants on humans and the environment.

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news_2020_tab_001From “Dark Patterns” to “Beyond Big Data”

Five new short thematic profiles from TAB's Horizon Scanning offer condensed information on current scientific and technological trends and socio-economic developments in early stages of development.

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