News overview

Here you can find the so far published news in 2022. Subscribe to the ITAS news via RSS feed.

2022
news_2022_033_EPTA-KonferenzEPTA Conference 2022

What contribution to the political and social handling of disruptions can technology assessment make? This question is the focus of the conference of the European Parliamentary TA Network (EPTA), which will take place in Berlin on 17 October 2022.

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news_2022_031_FuTuReS_ProjektabschlussBioeconomy: microalgae in agriculture

Microalgae produce valuable pigments, omega-3 fatty acids or proteins. Researchers at ITAS have now investigated the potential of algae cultivation in Germany together with partners and in close exchange with agriculture.

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A person in a red shirt standing in front of a stage holding a microphone.Report: 5th European TA Conference

The European TA Conference took place from 25 to 27 July 2022 in Karlsruhe. Researchers from all over the world gathered at ZKM and exchanged ideas regarding "Digital Future(s): TA in and for a Changing World". Now we have summed up the highlights of the event in a conference report.

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news_2022_030_kulturlabor_startetStart of Kulturlabor Freiburg

To support sustainability transformations in the arts and culture sector, the “real-world lab” format has been transferred to the cultural sector in a cooperation between Freiburg’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the Karlsruhe Transformation Center.

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news_2022_029_jubilaeum_podcast_labor_zukunftPodcast – two years of “Future Lab”

With over 20 episodes, the podcast “Labor Zukunft – Forschung ohne Kittel” provides insights into the work of the District Future real-world lab and local sustainability projects. The format explores transformation processes on site.

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news_2022_028_ehrenabendKIT Presidential Committee appreciates “District Future”

For its extraordinary achievements in the field of real-world lab work, the KIT Presidential Committee now honored the team of “District Future”. This was preceded in October 2021 by the Joachim Reutter Prize for Social Innovation.

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news_2022_027_Stadtbäume_KlimawandelTrees as a shield for cities in climate change

Climate change has arrived in German cities. Heat and drought periods are becoming longer and hotter. To mitigate the consequences, researchers led by forest expert Somidh Saha recommend planting more trees to take advantage of their cooling potential.

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news_2022_026_TA_Handbuch_2New textbook on technology assessment

20 years ago, Armin Grunwald authored the first German-language introduction to technology assessment. Now the professor of philosophy of technology and head of ITAS has published a completely updated and expanded new edition.

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news_2022_025_TATup_2New TATuP issue “Energy sufficiency”

Can modern societies get by with less energy than before? The current TATuP issue looks at the opportunities offered by the sufficiency concept and scenarios for lower energy consumption.

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news_2022_024_Podcast_Auf_KnopfdruckPodcast on 3D printing

3D printing is seen as a technology with a huge potential for a wide range of applications. What the innovative manufacturing technology exactly does and how it could be used by society is the topic of a new, five-part podcast series.

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news_2022_023_Ethikkodex_ReallaboreA code of ethics for real-world labs

Because of their transformative nature, real-world labs raise particular ethical questions for those involved. A new project aims to address these issues and identify approaches to dealing with them.

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news_2022_023_Call_Researchers_at_RiskCall for “Researchers at risk”

Researchers who have fled or are endangered by war and conflict can apply for a six months stay at ITAS until 31 August 2022. The call is aimed at people working on the philosophy of engineering, technology assessment or science.

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logo_tab_400mal300New projects for 2022/2023

Following the adoption of the new TAB work programme, the recent meeting of the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment focused on the topic of “Genome Editing in Humans”.

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news_2022_tab_008_kurzstudie_2World without cash?

The TAB report on changes in traditional banking and payment systems and changes in its power structure provides an overview of developments in the payment traffic and changes in its power structure. 

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news_2022_022_Inopro_ErgebnisseProject completion: Research on innovative prosthetics

Intelligent prostheses are an innovation that can bring back quality of life and participation to people with amputations. An ITAS team has dealt with the social, legal, and ethical challenges arising in this context.

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news_2022_021_technik_kontrovers_WasserstoffTheme evening “WasserStoff der Träume“

Will the lightest element in the periodic table become the heavyweight of the energy transition? In the technik.kontrovers series on Tuesday, 28 June 2022, ITAS researchers will explore the question of whether the hopes associated with hydrogen are justified.

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news_2022_tab_007_arbeitsbericht_200How to save energy, emissions and money in the building sector

The TAB report on energy saving effects in the building sector shows what property owners can do to save resources and money and how the state can help them. Policy brief TAB-Fokus is available in English.

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news_2022_tab_006_sensor_5How do citizens assess the corona pandemic and its consequences?

The results of a population-representative survey on this question are the focus of the fifth issue of the TAB-Sensor.

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news_2022_020_Publikation_DigitalisierungDemokratie_2New publication on democracy and digitalization

Polarization, market-dominating platforms, fake news – democracy is under pressure and must face the challenges of the digital world. In a new anthology, researchers from TA and other disciplines search for possible solutions.

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news_2022_019_Statusreport_Energiespeicher_Cover_02Status report on energy storage systems published

At ITAS, Marcel Weil and Manuel Baumann investigate the environmental balance of storage technologies. For the VDI – The Association of German Engineers, the scientists have now taken part in a survey on the “value” of storage systems in the energy grid.

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Exterior view of the mobile participation laboratoryAward as “place of learning” for sustainability

KIT has received the “National Prize – Education for Sustainable Development” from BMBF and UNESCO. Decisive factors were many offers with ITAS participation, such as the “Karlsruhe School of Sustainability” or the mobile participation laboratory “MobiLab.”

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news_2022_017_DaDuHealth_Workshop_1Health tracking: Potentials and side effects

Fitness wristbands, trackers, or health apps are part of many people’s everyday lives. The individual and social effects of using these devices were discussed by users and experts at the invitation of ITAS.

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news_2022_tab_005_arbeitsbericht_192Participatory TA procedures for the Bundestag

New methods report presents innovative participation procedures and discusses their potential benefits for parliamentary Technology Assessment.

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Grafik 5. Europäische TA-Konferenz „Digital Future(s): TA in and for a Changing World“European TA Conference: Keynotes and program

With Payal Arora, Jeanette Hofmann and Doris Allhutter, three outstanding researchers will speak at the 5th European TA Conference (25-27 July 2022, Karlsruhe). Information on their keynotes and the conference program is now available online.

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news_2022_tab_004_weltmalariatag“TA in Dialogue” on World Malaria Day

On the occasion of World Malaria Day, technological approaches to combating malaria were the focus of a moderated panel discussion on 25 April 2022 as the start of the new event series “TA in dialogue” in the German Bundestag.

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news_2022_015_CarbonTax_01CO2 tax against climate change and poverty

What would be the impact of taxing greenhouse gas emissions at the global level if coupled with a dividend system? A new study sees great potential in combining the two approaches.

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news_2022_tab_003_tab-brief_neuWelcome to the new TAB-Brief – the first newsletter in English

After 30 years in printed form TAB offers the TAB-Brief with information on TA at the German Bundestag as a compact digital newsletter in Englisch for subscription.

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news_2022_015_technikkontrovers_KITheme evening “Artificial intelligence between fact and fiction”

What can AI do and how is it being used today? Which future scenarios are we aiming for and how realistic are they? ITAS researchers and science fiction author Theresa Hannig will discuss this at technik.kontrovers on Wednesday, 4 May 2022.

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TATuP issue 1/2022New TATuP issue “Technology assessment and higher education”

As a “pioneer of inter- and transdisciplinarity,” technology assessment plays an increasingly important role in academic teaching. What this development means for technology assessment (TA) is explored in the new issue of TATuP.

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news_2022_012_shaping_tomorrows_digital_societyShaping tomorrow's digital society

As part of a dialogue event between scientists from the Rathenau Institute and the TAB with members of the German Bundestag, the EPTA presidency 2022 was handed over from the Netherlands to Germany.

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news_2022_013_ALUSTORE_Projekt_1Energy storage: Aluminum as a beacon of hope

The efficient use and recycling of storage materials is essential for a sustainable energy supply. To meet the increasing demand for energy storage, ITAS investigates the use of aluminum in the “ALU-STORE” project.

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news_2022_011_Publikation_Städtebau_Mobilität_TeaserMobility and urban development: Less parking areas, more park areas?

Using the example of a district in Karlsruhe, researchers have investigated to which extent new, digitally supported mobility offers could change mobility behavior, reallocate public space, and improve quality of life.

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news_2022_010_Battery_Roadmap_Teaser2Europe: Roadmap for sustainable batteries

What should the European battery landscape look like in a decade? Leading experts in Europe have drawn up a roadmap for transforming research in the field of emerging energy storage technologies. Particular focus: sustainability and circular economy.

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news_2022_009_Publikation_Nachhaltigkeit1New publication: Introduction to sustainability

What does a society that takes responsibility for present and future generations look like? Armin Grunwald and Jürgen Kopfmüller have updated their book publication on the guiding principle of sustainable development with current topics and debates.

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news_2022_tab_002_vernetzte_landwirtschaftOn the way to a digitally integrated agriculture?

In two newly published reports TAB sheds light on development trends in digital agricultural technologies and analyses the opportunities and risks of a systemically integrated agriculture. The corresponding Policy Briefs are now available in English.

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Werbeplakat für den Themenabend "Wald im Wandel"Theme evening “Forests in Transition“

Heat, drought and pollutants threaten trees and forests. Scientists at ITAS are therefore researching how forests can become more resilient. They will provide insights into their work at "technik.kontrovers" on 24 February 2022.

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Illustration zu digitaler Transformation. Menschen mit Laptops, Taschenrechnern und anderem.Tomorrow’s working environments: Visions for digital transformation

How can employees use digital innovations to make companies more democratic? And what can they learn from cooperatives in this process? Henceforth, ITAS will address these questions on behalf of the Hans Böckler Foundation.

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news_2022_007_europeanTA_new_datesEuropean TA Conference in Karlsruhe (Update)

The Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) is organizing the 5th European Technology Assessment Conference 2022. We are happy to announce that the registration reopened. Due to the pandemic, the conference has been postponed and will take place from 25 to 27 July 2022 in Karlsruhe.

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news_2022_006_kat_eroeffnung_teaserKarlsruhe Transformation Center is founded

Our society is facing profound transformations of ways of living and economics towards a future viability and sustainability. The Karlsruhe Transformation Center for Sustainability and Cultural Change (KAT) supports these processes of change.

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news_2022_005_urban_forestry_Korea_Germany_01Sustainable urban forestry in Korea and Germany

Healthy urban forests play a key role to counter the impacts of climate change in cities. A new Ph.D. project at ITAS develops strategies for the participation of citizens in transforming those forests into more resilient social-ecological systems. 

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news_2022_004_BuergerdialogeCitizens’ dialogues: Anchoring society in everyday scientific life

What expectations and wishes do citizens have of the work of researchers? In order to involve society more closely in the research work of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, ITAS will design annual dialogue events on current scientific topics.

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news_2022_tab_001_sensor4How do citizens evaluate telemedicine?

The fourth issue of the TAB-Sensor is dedicated to the topic of telemedicine and focuses on population-representative assessments of the use and potential benefits of telemedicine services.

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news_2022_003_KAT-KonferenzConference on Real-world Labs in Transformation

For almost ten years, Real-world Labs have been supporting the transformation to more sustainability on site. Where their work stands today, asks the ITAS-based KAT at a conference on 2 and 3 June 2022 in Karlsruhe. Submission of contributions is open now.

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news_2022_002_LetCommunitiesLead_01Energy transition worldwide: Publication on local projects

Researchers from Karlsruhe and Arizona are helping marginalized communities around the world to use clean energy sources and increase their resilience to climate change. A collection of local stories drives the exchange.

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news_2022_001_WasserstoffstrategieDecarbonization: Study on EU hydrogen strategy

One of the most complex tasks of the energy transition is the use of hydrogen in industrial processes. Together with Fraunhofer ISI, ITAS researchers have now analyzed the implementation of the European hydrogen strategy for the European Parliament.

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