NoWa – Norms in the light of demographic change

Project description

Increasing life expectancy, progressive digitalization, and an increasing variety of life plans: Our society is currently undergoing a profound process of change which presents the health system with new challenges regarding its content and structure.

The framework conditions, which have changed due to aging, mechanization, and diversity, also influence fundamental normative concepts of health and disease, equality of access and distribution, as well as intercultural and intergenerational solidarity. This, in turn, has consequences for the prevailing normative ideas, regulations, and supply expectations.

In the NoWa project, the changing value structure and the development of standards in inter- and transdisciplinary research is examined in more detail. In a conceptually and normatively oriented research part, interdisciplinary knowledge is combined, taking into account different ethical discourse traditions and ideological justification patterns. A collaborative-empirical part focuses on transdisciplinary exchange in order to jointly develop sustainable recommendations for action and orientation aids.

Among other things, a model for determining the concepts of health and disease, justice and solidarity is developed that considers various real social contexts. The matrix developed then results in a normative catalog of criteria for health policy and health care professionals to analyze and evaluate the framework conditions for health care in a demographically changing society.

The main task of ITAS in the project is the organization of a Forum of the Future in Karlsruhe. In five Forums of the Future throughout Germany, the effects of social change will be differentiated and empirically as well as qualitatively validated in an inter- and transdisciplinary dialog along the dimensions of aging, diversity, and mechanization for the normative concepts of health, disease, solidarity, and justice. ITAS is also involved in the conceptual design and organization of the Future Summit. Here, all available work results from the research and dialog elements will be brought together and put up for public discussion on a larger scale by all project participants. Overall, ITAS contributes its expertise on relevant “focal points” and value conflicts in all process steps, especially against the background of social change along the dimensions of aging and mechanization.


Journal Articles
Bröckerhoff, P.; Evers-Wölk, M.; Sonk, M.; Pein, K.; Weinberger, N.; Krings, B.-J.; Woopen, C.
Bedarfe der Gesundheitsversorgung : Biografische und kulturelle Vielfalt beachten
2021. Deutsches Ärzteblatt <Köln> / C, 118 (42), A-1924 / B-1587 
Journal Articles
Bröckerhoff, P.; Evers-Wölk, M.; Sonk, M.; Pein, K.; Krings, B.-J.; Weinberger, N.; Woopen, C.
Gesundheitskonzepte im Wandel: Primat der Lebensqualität in alternden Gesellschaften
2020. Deutsches Ärzteblatt, 117 (50), A2464-A2468 
Evers-Wölk, M.; Bröckerhoff, P.; Krings, B.-J.; Pein, K.; Sonk, M.; Weinberger, N.; Dorin, L.; Woopen, C.
Ein Netz der solidarischen Pflege aufspannen
2020. Pflegezeitschrift, (12) 
Krings, B.-J.; Weinberger, N.; Müller-Werdan, U.
Das Prinzip “Prävention” im Rahmen des demographischen Wandels
2020. Gesundheit und Gerechtigkeit weiter denken: Normenwandel im Gesundheitswesen der alternden Gesellschaft - Abschlusssymposium des Projekts NoWa (2020), Cologne, Germany, January 31, 2020 
Krings, B.-J.
Zwischen Egotrip und Vermassung. Wohin steuert die Gesellschaft der Individuen?
2019. Zwischen Egotrip und Vermassung. Wohin steuert die Gesellschaft der Individuen? (2019), Dessau, Germany, November 28, 2019 
Krings, B.-J.
Robotik in der Pflege - Drei Thesen aus Sicht der TA
2019. Öffentliches Fachgespräch “Robotik in der Pflege - gesellschaftliche Herausforderungen” (2019), Berlin, Germany, February 20, 2019 
Krings, B.-J.
Digitalisierung als Technisierung der Pflege
2019. 26. Jahrestagung des Arbeitskreises “Frauengesundheit” (2019), Berlin, Germany, November 2–3, 2019 
Krings, B.-J.
Intimate information: Die Erhebung von Daten in der Pflege
2018. ATWT-Jahrestagung 2018: Daten als Rohstoff? Digitalisierungsprozesse in wirtschaftsethischer Perspektive (ATWT 2018), Hanover, Germany, March 16–17, 2018 


Dr. Bettina-Johanna Krings
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe

Tel.: +49 721 608-26347