Monitoring and Analysing TA Activities in Europe

  • Project team:

    Rader, Michael (Project leader); Ingrid von Berg

  • Funding:

    Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, European Science and Technology Observatory (ESTO), Sevilla

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  • Project partners:

    Atlantis S.A., Thessaloniki; Observatoire des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris; Austrian Academy of Sciences, Technology Assessment Institute, Vienna; Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), Group for Technology Studies, Helsinki; Technical University of Denmark, Unit of Technology Analysis and Assessment, Lyngby; Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (Association of German Engineers), Future Technologies Department, Düsseldorf; Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek, Mol, Belgium

  • Research group:

    Knowledge society and knowledge policy

Project description

The project comprises initially observing and analyzing the activities of the main European and non-European institutes, programs and other initiatives in the field of TA. The results of this activity are used to select topical areas for closer analysis by identified experts. Examples of such topics are important individual technologies or groups of technologies, social issues involving the use of technology, and methodological aspects of particular interest to decision-makers in the field of research and technology policy, and the ethics or cooperation of those affected.

The goals of the project include:

  • the strengthening of the TA network in Europe and creation of the conditions for thematic networks,
  • the identification of gaps in existing knowledge and generation of ideas for projects, particularly with respect to pan-European issues,
  • the identification of matching conclusions of both convergent and divergent reports and studies,
  • the analysis of possible reasons for differences in conclusions; these could, for example, relate to cultural factors, approaches used and perspectives or specific points of view in individual countries.


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

Tel.: +49 721 608-22501 (ITAS secretariat)