Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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KIT will lead EWP 4 (stakeholders dialogue). ITAS is the largest and most long-standing scientific institution in Germany dealing with technology assessment (TA) and systems analysis in theory and practice

General

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) combines the traditions of a renowned technical university and a major large-scale research institution in a very unique way. In research and education, KIT assumes responsibility for contributing to the sustainable solution of the grand challenges that face the society, industry, and the environment. For this purpose, KIT uses its financial and human resources with maximum efficiency. The scientists of KIT communicate the contents and results of their work to society.

Engineering sciences, natural sciences, the humanities, and social sciences make up the scope of subjects covered by KIT. In high interdisciplinary interaction, scientists of these disciplines study topics extending from the fundamentals to application and from the development of new technologies to the reflection of the relationship between man and technology. For this to be accomplished in the best possible way, KIT’s research covers the complete range from fundamental research to close-to-industry, applied research and from small research partnerships to long-term large-scale research projects.

Scientific sincerity and the striving for excellence are the basic principles of our activities.

 

Department from KIT involved in the project

The scientific department from KIT involved in this project is: Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)

ITAS

ITAS is the largest and most long-standing scientific institution in Germany dealing with technology assessment (TA) and systems analysis in theory and practice

ITAS investigates scientific and technological developments with a focus on their impacts and possible systemic and unintended effects. It produces analytical knowledge and assessments of socio-technical developments in order to provide policy and design options for decision-makers. The research covers ethical, ecological, economic, social, political-institutional, and cultural questions. Major goals are advice for research and technology policy, provision of knowledge for the design of socio-technical systems, and the organization and observation of discursive processes on open and controversial questions of technology policy. Today, there are more than 100 scientific staff members; approximately half of them are natural scientists or engineers, the others hold a degree in social sciences or arts.

 

ITAS is involved in the research program of the Helmholtz Association (HGF); its research activities contribute to the Helmholtz program ‘Technology, Innovation and Society’. In addition, ITAS is conductin g a lot of research in third party funded projects and contract work. Important external clients and funding partners in politics are the German and the European parliaments and – on the side of government – the European Commission, federal and state ministries and authorities (e.g. Federal Environmental Agency). Companies and organizations from industry are potential clients, too.

Since 1990 the Office of Technology Assessment (TAB) at the German Bundestag has been operated by ITAS, based on a contract with the German Bundestag. TAB is an independent scientific institution created with the objective of advising the German Bundestag and its committees on matters relating to research and technology.