Britta Oertel

Research Director

The person

Britta Oertel has worked at the IZT since 1993. She heads the research fields "Public Sphere & Communication" and "Technology Assessment, Participation & Evaluation" and is a member of the IZT's supervisory board.

Together with Michaela Evers-Wölk, she leads the IZT's work as part of its consortium membership with the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag. Her focus is on participation and online citizen involvement.

At the end of 2014, she was appointed to the Expert Committee on Science of the German UNESCO Commission.

Britta Oertel's research focuses on future studies and the analysis of new technologies and innovative services in the economy and society. The focus is on the assessment and evaluation of opportunities and threats as well as the economic, social and political consequences. She also evaluates funding initiatives and programmes to promote new technologies and the energy transition, for example on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the European Commission and the WWF.

Its clients include the German Bundestag, federal and state ministries (BMBF, BMWi, BMELV) and well-known companies.
Britta Oertel studied Information Science and Geography at the Free University of Berlin.


  • Service development
  • Policy advice
  • Applied futurology
  • Technology assessment, technology evaluation
  • Evaluations, accompanying research, social science surveys and impact analyses