Futurology and Transformation
Futures research at the IZT provides orientation knowledge. It deals with possible, probable and desirable future developments as well as their preconditions and design options. It counters uncertainties by pointing out different paths and designing alternative futures. At the societal level, it supports negotiation processes on the shaping of futures. It does all this on the basis of scientific knowledge, systematically and methodically.
One subject area of futurology is the transformation of complex systems - and probably the greatest transformation is the sustainable design of our world. Futurology can analyse and influence what this will look like by designing and communicating scenarios of a sustainable world and thus contributing to their realisation.
In this respect, futurology at the IZT is explicitly action- and implementation-oriented. Based on a transdisciplinary approach, it works across topics and research fields, integratively and with a focus on methods, in order to transform our modern society towards sustainability.
A selection of projects from the past five years is presented below. A complete overview is available via the search.