The Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment (founded 1981)...
... examines in its future studies long-term futures ("long-term orientation")
... translates visions of the future and scenarios in today's strategies ("implementation guidance") focusing on a sustainable development
... assesses scientific-technologic developments, including their impact on society, economy and politics over different time horizons ("technology assessment") and pointing out new perspectives and options for action
...supports clients by the efficient identification of opportunities and risks ("foresight")
... evaluates from different perspectives: economical, ecological, and social, taking side effects and issues of acceptance into account ("sustainability evaluation").
... integrates interested participants and stakeholders early and purposeful in its research ("stakeholder integration") minimizing uncertainties in shaping the future and increasing 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.