translates visions of the future and scenarios into today's strategies ("implementation guidance") focusing on sustainable development;
assesses scientific and technological developments, including their potential impacts on society, economy and politics across different time horizons ("technology assessment"), and points out new perspectives and options for action;
supports clients through efficient identification of opportunities and risks ("foresight"), evaluating them from different perspectives (economic, ecological, and social) and taking side effects and issues of acceptance into account ("sustainability evaluation"); and
integrates interested participants and stakeholders early and purposefully into its research ("stakeholder integration"), seeking to minimize uncertainties in shaping the future and increase the security of decisions. This contributes significantly to the quality of results.
IZT works on inter- and transdisciplinary futures studies, sustainability design and technology assessment. It also investigates early identification of opportunities and risks, with a focus on transformation, participation and stakeholder integration.