As a non-profit limited company, the IZT finances its research exclusively through third-party funded projects. Project commissions come from institutions at federal and state level as well as from municipalities, the European Commission and technology assessment institutions. The IZT also works on behalf of foundations, environmental associations and scientific institutions as well as companies.

  • Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency
  • Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
  • Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)
  • Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR)
  • Federal Office for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)
  • Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)
  • Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS)
  • Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL)
  • Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA)
  • Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA)
  • Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE)
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)
  • Federal Ministry of Health (BMG)
  • Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)
  • Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing (BMVBW), now: Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
  • Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
  • Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA)
  • German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt)
  • Federal Environment Agency (UBA)
Countries and municipalities
  • Brandenburg State Agency for Structure and Labour (LASA)
  • State capital Düsseldorf
  • Ministry for Rural Development, Environment and Agriculture of the State of Brandenburg
  • Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of the State of Brandenburg
  • Ministry of Labour, Integration and Social Affairs of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Ministry for Building, Housing, Urban Development and Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Ministry for School and Further Education of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Ministry for Economic Affairs, Energy, Industry, SMEs and Crafts
    of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs, Climate Protection, Energy and State Planning of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate (MWKEL)
  • Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Nature Conservation of the State of Thuringia
  • State Chancellery, State of Brandenburg
  • State Chancellery, State of Schleswig-Holstein
  • City of Berlin, Senate Department for Labour, Integration and Women's Issues
  • City of Berlin, Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment
  • City of Berlin, Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection
  • City of Berlin, Spandau District Office
  • City of Berlin, Tiergarten Urban Planning Office
  • City of Graz
  • City of Hamburg, Senate Chancellery
  • City of Vienna, Magistrate 23
  • Thuringian Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Nature Conservation (TMUEN)
European Commission
  • European Social Fund
  • Directorate General Environment
  • Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport
  • Directorate-General for Research and Innovation
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI)
National institutions Technology Assessment
  • Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB)
  • TA-SWISS (Foundation for Technology Assessment)
  • ADAC e. V.
  • AEG Household Appliances GmbH
  • Pro-Rail Alliance
  • Amprion
  • B.A.U.M. Consult GmbH
  • Bayer Technology Services GmbH (was integrated into Bayer AG in 2017)
  • Federation of German Industries (BDI)
  • Berlin Municipal Cleaning Services (BSR)
  • BMW Group
  • German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • German Development Institute (DIE)
  • German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • Ernst Abbe University Jena (EAH)
  • Input Systems Association
  • Helmholtz Association
  • Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)
  • Institute for Transformative Sustainability Research (IASS)
  • Queen's University Management School
  • Ruhr University Bochum (RUB)
  • Roskilde University
  • VDI Centre for Resource Efficiency GmbH (VDI ZRE)
  • Volkswagen Foundation
Foundations, environmental associations ...
  • Agora energy transition
  • Brost Foundation
  • German Federal Foundation for the Environment (DBU)
  • German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ)
  • Development Policy Forum of the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • European Climate Foundation
  • Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
  • Heinrich Böll Foundation e.V.
  • Heinz Nixdorf Foundation
  • LPR - Trägergesellschaft für gemeinnützige GmbH
  • Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union Germany (NABU)
  • Schwäbisch Hall Foundation: build - live - live
  • Foundation German Class Lottery Berlin
  • Stiftung Warentest
  • WWF Germany


The world we explore is multifaceted. To penetrate it, different perspectives are needed. Together with partners from science and society, we often bring together findings on specific research areas in transdisciplinary research clusters. We transfer these into practice under the premises of sustainability and future viability and make them applicable to politics, social stakeholders, business and administration.

Working Group "Ethics of Mobility

The working group "Ethics of Mobility" came into being in 2019. It places the debate on transport and mobility more strongly in the context of planetary impact limits and climate change and, against this backdrop, questions the growth paradigm that has applied to date. In autumn 2020, the working group published its first position paper under the title "Enkeltaugliche Mobilität" (Mobility Fit for Grandchildren). Since October 2020, the working group has continued its business under the umbrella of the IZT.

Working Group "Ethics of Mobility

Position Paper "Mobility Suitable for Grandchildren

Education for resource conservation and resource efficiency (network)

The continuously growing network "Education for Resource Conservation and Resource Efficiency" already has over 500 members. Since 2014, it has been helping to raise awareness of resource conservation and resource efficiency in Germany: in schools and training, in higher education and further education. The IZT invites interested education stakeholders to two network conferences per year. The network is run as part of the Competence Centre for Resource Efficiency 2019-2024 contract, which is hosted by VDI Zentrum Ressourceneffizienz GmbH (VDI ZRE).

Centre for Futures Studies, Cairo - Cooperation with futurologists in Egypt

In early 2010, the IZT signed a cooperation agreement with the Egyptian governmental Information Decision Support Center (IDSC), specifically with its Center for Futures Studies in Cairo. In addition, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Futurist Education Department at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina at the end of 2016. Thanks to the mediation of this institution, a specialist publication by Dr Edgar Göll (IZT) was published in Arabic in 2013: "Future Studies and Research in Egypt".

Ecological Research Network (Ecornet)

"Ecological Research Network" (Ecornet) is the network of non-university, non-profit environmental and sustainability research institutes in Germany. The network was founded in 2011, and the IZT has been a member since 12 November 2013. The common mission of the eight member institutions is to create the scientific foundation for social transformations towards sustainability.

Ecornet Berlin

Ecornet Berlin is a research association of five Berlin institutes of transdisciplinary sustainability research: Ecologic Institute, Institute for Ecological Economy Research, IZT, Öko-Institut and Independent Institute for Environmental Issues. This unique alliance provides impulses for Berlin's transformation into a social and ecological metropolis. The institutes pool their research expertise in the fields of social climate change, sustainable management and digitalisation.

Research for Sustainable Development (FONA)

The IZT is an actor in the FONA network for the BMBF framework programme "Research for Sustainable Development". The editorial states: "If quality of life is to be maintained in industrialised countries and improved in developing and emerging countries, then we must find ways to achieve seemingly contradictory goals: We need to secure prosperity, enable development and a future worth living, and reduce the consumption of natural resources and the emission of climate-damaging substances."


The initiative Klischeefrei wants to support young people in finding a profession that suits their strengths, interests and life plans - free of gender stereotypes. The initiative addresses all those involved in the career choice process. In 2018, the IZT joined the initiative Klischeefrei and committed to aligning itself with the goals of the initiative - in its educational projects with young people, in its research and in its human resources policy.

Resource Efficiency Network (NeRess)

The IZT is a partner of the Resource Efficiency Network (NeRess). As an initiative of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), financed by funds from the National Climate Initiative, the Resource Efficiency Network (NeRess) pools know-how and experience on resource-efficient production, products and management in an interdisciplinary and practice-oriented manner and serves to provide mutual information and networking between a wide range of stakeholders. The VDI Centre for Resource Efficiency is responsible for the NeRess office.

Network TA

The "Netzwerk TA" is an association of German-speaking scientists, experts and practitioners in the broadly understood subject area of technology assessment. This includes technology assessment, practical ethics, systems analysis, risk research, technology design for sustainable development, institutional and technology analysis as well as innovation and futurology research. The network was established in 2004; the IZT is one of around 70 institutional members.

Future Research Network

The IZT sent out the first invitations in 2006, and by 2007 the time had come: the network of important figures in scientific futures research from Austria, Switzerland and the Federal Republic of Germany was founded. The aim of the network is to strengthen and improve the quality and impact of futures research and futures design. Another task of the network is to further develop methods of the guild.

World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF)

The World Futures Study Federation is a globally active NGO. The Federation emerged from an international network of leading futurologists founded in Paris in 1973. The IZT was founded in 2017. institutional member.