Technology Assessment in Europe. Between Method and Impact (TAMI)

  • Project team:

    Grunwald, Armin (Project leader); Michael Decker; Leonard Hennen; Fritz Gloede

  • Funding:

    European Commission, STRATA programme

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  • End date:


  • Project partners:

    Europäische Akademie (European Academy) Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler GmbH (coordination); Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST); The Danish Board of Technology; Akademie für Technikfolgenabschätzung (Centre for Technology Assessment), Stuttgart; Czech Academy of Sciences; Scientific and Technological Options Assessment (STOA); Warsaw School of Economics; Schweizer Zentrum für Technologiefolgen-Abschätzung (Centre for Technology Assessment – TA-SWISS)

  • Research group:

    Knowledge society and knowledge policy

Project description

As a “thematic network”, the project aims at establishing a structured dialogue both between TA institutions and between the TA community and decision-makers. The approach is to combine an analysis of the TA methods applied in different European countries in terms of their premises, problem solving capacity and applicability with an impact analysis. The goal is to identify “best practices” for different problem contexts in order to develop guidance for the selection of TA methods. Specific tasks of the project are:

  • survey and evaluation of the current state of TA approaches and methods used in Europe;
  • survey and evaluation of previous impact analyses on TA;
  • comparative analysis between the state of TA methodology and the impact analyses;
  • comparative analysis of European decision-making traditions in science and technology policy;
  • identification of “best practices” to determine the most suitable TA methodology for specific requirements and problem contexts, and finally
  • the provision of a reference system for TA in the dimensions of methodology, impact and policy.

The Europäische Akademie, POST, and ITAS form the core group of the network.


Decker, M.
TAMI. Technology Assessment in Europe: Between method and impact
2005. Seminar der Europäischen Kommission: Governance & Science (2005), Brussels, Belgium, November 24–25, 2005 
Decker, M.
Über die Optimierung der TA-Methoden zu mehr Wirkung in der Politik? Erkenntnisse aus dem EU-Projekt TAMI
2005. 5.Österreichische TA-Tagung : TA und Politik, zwei Jahrzehnte Technikfolgenabschätzung und Politik - Rückblick in die Zukunft, Wien, A, 30.Mai 2005 
Decker, M.
Impact of participatory TA in ST&I policy-making. Lessons from TAMI
2004. PRIME Expert Workshop on Public Participation, Stakeholders and Expertise: An Assessment of ST&I Studies on Multiator Spaces in the Governance of Biotechnology, Bielefeld, December 3, 2004 
Grunwald, A.
Wissenschaftstheoretische Anmerkungen zur Technikfolgenabschätzung: die Prognose- und Quantifizierungsproblematik
2004. Deutsch-russisches Kolleg, Technische Universität Karlsruhe, 20.Januar 2004 
Book Chapters
Grunwald, A.
Technology Assessment (TA)
2003. Global studies encyclopedia. Ed.: M. I. Mazour, 496–498, Raduga 
Grunwald, A.
Eine Stellungnahme aus Sicht der klassischen Technikfolgenabschätzung
2003. Technikakzeptanz durch Nutzerintegration? : Beiträge zur Innovations- und Technikanalyse. Hrsg.: S. Giesecke, 113–125 
Grunwald, A.
Sicherheit und Risiko - Technik ohne Risiko gibt es nicht
2003. Technikgestaltung für morgen - Chancen und Risiken (2003), Aachen, Germany, January 28, 2003 
Grunwald, A.
Furthering awareness on science and technology issues
2003. Furthering the Role of Technology Assessment in Policy-making : TAMI Dissemination Conf., Bruxelles, B, November 27, 2003 
Grunwald, A.
Der Nutzen der Technikfolgenabschätzung in Politik und Wirtschaft
2003. Vortr.: Technikzentrum Lübeck, 6.Juni 2003 


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

Tel.: +49 721 608-22500