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Dipl.-Phys. Torsten Fleischer

Head of research area
Research area Innovation processes and impacts of technology
Room: 318
Phone: +49 721 608-24571
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Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Postfach 3640
76021 Karlsruhe


University studies of physics in Berlin; German university degree "Diplom" 1990.

Professional background

1991 - 1995 Scientific staff member in the Department of Applied Systems Analysis (AFAS) that later became the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (FZK)
1995 - 2000 Scientific staff member at the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB) Bonn / Berlin
since 2000 Scientific staff  member at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Fields of work

  • Technology Assessment on Informatization and Automation of Mobility and Transportation
  • Technology Assessment in the fields Energy and New Materials (Focus Nanomaterials)
  • Interactions between technological and societal changes
  • Governance of innovation processes

Recent projects and responsibilities

  • Head of the research area “Innovation processes and impacts of technology”
  • Project coordination “Feasibility conditions and implications of Automated Driving” as part of Tech Center a-drive
  • Work package leader “Technology Assessment as part of the Development Process” within Project PAKoS: „Personalisierte, adaptive kooperative Systeme für automatisierte Fahrzeuge“ (Personalized, adaptive and cooperative Systems for Automated Vehicles)
  • Focus topic “Mobility in urban contexts – Needs-based Infrastructures in Cities of the Future” as part of the “Profilregion Mobilitätsysteme Karlsruhe” research cluster
  • WP6 “Behaviour in the context of changes in values and lifestyles” within Kopernikus-Project ENavi
  • Project coordinator “M4ShaleGas: Measuring, monitoring, mitigating, managing the environmental impact of shale gas”
  • RITA – Responsible Innovation und Technology Assessment
  • KonsensOP – Context-sensitive assistance in an attentive surgical operating theatre
  • Technology Options in Urban Transport: Changing paradigms and promising innovation strategies

Completed projects (after 2000)

  • TRANSFORuM – Transforming European Transport through an Active Actors Forum
  • FUTRE – FUture prospects on TRansport evolution and innovation challenges for the competitiveness of Europe
  • myCopter - Enabling Technologies for Personal Aerial Vehicles
  • Global Ethics in Science and Technology (GEST)
  • Bürgerdialog Zukunftstechnologien (Citizen’s Dialogue on Future Technologies)
  • Eco-Efficient Transport Futures for Europe
  • Contribution to the risk governance of particulate nanomaterials by evidence mapping of their potential health risks
  • Technology Options in Urban Transport: Changing paradigms and promising innovation strategies
  • AUTOSUPERCAP - Development of High Energy/High Power Density Supercapacitors for Automotive Applications
  • Electrochemical Storage in a systemic perspective – Reliability and Integration
  • Helmholtz-Alliance ENERGY-TRANS
  • Optimal policies for transport in combination (OPTIC)
  • ITA monitoring – identification of new topics for the innovation and technology analysis of the BMBF
  • NanoSafety – Risk Governance of Manufactured Nanoparticless
  • Study about the state of research on the specific use and distribution patterns of sustainable technologies
  • World Wide Views on Global Warming (WWViews) – a World Wide Project on Citizens’ Participation in Climate Policy
  • Knowledge and Technology Transfer in Materials Research – Characteristics and Conditions of Successful Product Innovation (InnoMat)
  • Converging Technologies (CONTECS)
  • Alternative Technology Options for Road and Air Transport
  • Nanotechnology and Health – Technological Options, Risk Assessment and Precautionary Strategies
  • Innovation Strategies for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to Reach a “Sustainable Development” in the Transport Sector Comparative Analysis of International Experiences and Interpretation for German Implementation Conditions

Recent publications

Fleischer, T.; Givoni, M.; Schippl, J.
"Self-driving cars are completely the wrong tool for me!" Moshe Givoni, Torsten Fleischer and Jens Schippl discuss automated road vehicles. TATuP - Zeitschrift für Technikfolgenabschätzung in Theorie und Praxis 27(2018)2, S. 68-71, DOI: 10.14512/tatup.27.2.68

Fleischer, T.; Schippl, J.
Automatisiertes Fahren - Fluch oder Segen für nachhaltige Mobilität? TATuP - Zeitschrift für Technikfolgenabschätzung in Theorie und Praxis 27(2018)2, S. 11-15, DOI: 10.14512/tatup.28.2.11

Woll, S.; Fleischer, T.
Automatisiertes Fahren: Möglichkeitsbedingungen und Folgen. Vortrag auf dem Tech-Center a-drive Workshop am KIT-FZI, Karlsruhe, 14.11.2018

Brändle, C.; Lis, A.; Fleischer, T.; Evensen, D.; Mastop, J.
Prerequisites for a social licence to operate in the (shale) gas industries (Project report - SP4 Public perceptions). European Union Horizon 2020 programme 2017, publ. online

Fleischer, T.
Automatisiertes Fahren ist mehr als automatisiert zu fahren. Vortrag auf dem talKIT Technologieforum "Connected Mobility", Karlsruhe, 10.-11.05.2017

Fleischer, T.
Individueller Luftverkehr in Städten? Vortrag beim BBSR Werkstattgespräch "Smart City und Stadtverkehr: Welchen Zukunftstyp streben wird an?", Berlin, 05.04.2017

Fleischer, T.
Möglichkeitsbedingungen und Folgen automatisierten Fahrens. Vortrag beim TechCenter a-Drive Workshop "Deep Learning on the Road", Universität Ulm, 15.11.2017

Fleischer, T.
Self-driving cars: TA questions along their way from a promise to a solution. Vortrag bei der European Parliamentary Assessment Conference 2017 "Shaping the Future of Mobility", Verkehrshaus Luzern, Schweiz, 08.11.2017

Fleischer, T.
Technikfolgenabschätzung: Rolle, Handlungsfelder, Perspektiven. Vortrag auf der 20. Sitzung DKE/BKT "Beraterkreis Technologie", Frankfurt, 20.04.2017

Fleischer, T.
Vom Automobil zum AutoNOmobil. Automatisiertes Fahren: Möglichkeiten, Herausforderungen und Folgen. Vortrag beim Deutschen Krebsforschungszentrum, Heidelberg, 16.10.2017

List of publications at ITAS