At its meeting yesterday, the Committee for Education, Research and Technology Assessment of the German Parliament unanimously decided to continue to trust the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS). It will continue to operate the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB) until 31.08.2023. The IZT looks forward to working together with ITAS for five more years at the TAB. IZT's second cooperation partner will be again VDI / VDE - IT.
The TA-SWISS, Foundation for Technology Assessment, published a report on the quantified self. A condensed version is available in English: "The measure of all things: potentials and risks of self-tracking". The IZT was responsible for researching economic developments as well as for deriving options that are significant for technology assessment.
The Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag and the IZT have launched a survey looking for opinions from citizens, the media, academia, and business on personalized news, focusing on the advantages, risks, and transparency. More than 1500 people already have taken part.
Breakfast eggs made of algae, burgers made of insects, patties made of the seeds of flowering lupines: Increasingly, such new and unconventional food items are being launched on the market. A new IZT project tries to introduce young people to the debate about these novelties.
The IZT composed a guidebook that supports the integration of humanities, social and cultural sciences into the research projects of the universities of applied sciences in Vienna. Volker Handke (Foto) presented the guidebook in Vienna. The City of Vienna had commissioned the IZT to develop the guide.
The use of Glyphosate as a herbicide has become increasingly controversial in the EU. Therefore, the International Union of Railways commissioned the IZT to propose more eco-friendly solutions to keep the European rail network free of plant growth.
From weight training to menstruation cycles – many young people see measuring and digitally recording personal data and as a common practice. The project "LogMySelf" intends to introduce adolescents to the benefits and risks of "lifelogging" and provide them with new skills in this area.