Futures Studies and Participation

Social innovations


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Impact assessment and dissemination potentials of social innovations for sustainable consumption

As a collaborative partner with the IÖW, the IZT realizes and analyzes selected case studies of Social Innovations for Sustainable Consumption (SI-nK) in online resale and Solidarity Farming projects. more...
01.11.2021 - 31.10.2023
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung - BMBF
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Crisis radar - strengthening the resilience of society, politics and the economy through crisis prediction

The corona pandemic shows the vulnerability and susceptibility to crises of complex societies that are highly interdependent globally. Further crises of this magnitude cannot be ruled out in the future. Within the framework of the TA project, it will be investigated how a continuous anticipatory crisis radar would have to be designed and institutionally - also on an international level - anchored in order to ensure early crisis and risk management. more...
2021 - 2023
Deutscher Bundestag / Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB)
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bio:fictions. Co-creative design fictions of bioeconomy

The bioeconomy is a dynamic field of innovation. It is considered to have a high potential for overcoming economic, social, and ecological challenges. So how can we approach the complex issues of the bioeconomy in new, unexpected ways? Through innovative methods such as "design fictions"! The "bio:fictions" project wants to develop these in various workshops in collaboration with Ellery Studio, Wenzel Mehnert and IZT. more...
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
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Climate-friendly school kitchens in Estonia and Croatia - CLIKIS-Network

Thanks to two new partners, the IZT can now also disseminate its research results on climate-friendly school kitchens in Estonia and Croatia. The aim is to give renewed impulses to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions at school kitchens. more...
2020 - 2022
Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit (BMU)
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LogMySelf – Discourse with young people about self-measurement

From weight training to menstruation cycles – many young people see measuring and digitally recording personal data and as a common practice. The project "LogMySelf" intends to introduce adolescents to the benefits and risks of "lifelogging" and provide them with new skills in this area. more...
2017 - 2019
Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)
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Internal crowdsourcing in companies

This research project aims to shape internal crowdsourcing in companies to make it fair for employees. The goal is to create a cross-sector reference model together with the Berlin energy service provider GASAG. more...
2017 - 2020
Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)
European Social Fund ESF
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Norms throughout demographic change

The research project will create insight into the value system and development of norms in an ageing society marked by diversity and the use of modern technology. The goal is a well-founded catalogue of criteria for health policies and for those working in healthcare. more...
2017 - 2019
Federal Ministry of Health (BMG)
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Risk analysis of emergency data management

The electronic health card should contain integrated medical emergency data on a voluntary basis, such as existing diagnoses. The IZT analyses together with a research partner the risks of the planned emergency data management. The new project started in April 2017. more...
gematik Gesellschaft für Telematikanwendungen der Gesundheitskarte mbH
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Collaborative living

Together with the city of Potsdam the possibilities that new forms of collaborative living offer for city development are researched. more...
2016 - 2019
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Förderprogramm: Sozial-ökologische Forschung (SÖF)
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Health Apps

IZT will perform an innovation analysis on "Health Apps" in line with consortium partnership with The Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag – TAB more...
2016 - 2017
German Bundestag (National Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany) / The Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag
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Quantified Self - Interface between Lifestyle and Medicine

The use of devices and applications for self-measurement and self-optimization has become widespread in recent years. This trend to self-measure is called "Quantified Self". The projectexplored this phenomenon from different angles in Switzerland. more...
2016 - 2017
TA-SWISS Zentrum für Technologiefolgen-Abschätzung
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What do young people think about cognitive enhancement drugs?

What are the pros and cons of "smart drugs"? Why do young people increasingly use prescription drugs to increase their academic performance? Once again, the IZT leads a project discussing social and ethical questions of the life sciences. more...
2015 - 2016
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
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New electronic media and addictive behavior

The IZTconducted a research project on the topic „new electronic media and addictive behavior“. more...
2014 - 2016
German Bundestag (National Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany) / The Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag
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Welfare-mix: Cooperation in case of Dementia

The IZT supported a research project for the cooperation of family members, specialists and volunteers in case of dementia. more...
Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena
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The future of the Ruhr region

“Successful regional transformation processes. Potential futures for the Ruhr region“. Under this headline, the IZT prepared international impulses for change along the Ruhr. more...
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Sustainability 2.0 - a future concept being modernized

The German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) received recommendations from this research project that can improve the motivational function and the effectiveness of the guiding principle “Sustainable Development”. more...
2013 - 2016
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Demografic Change - Challenges and Recommendations for Environmental Protection

This project has the intention to produce an exploratory study about case studies from communities on their measures and activities focussed on demografic change which also have additional positive effects for environmental protection. more...
Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit

Acceptance and Promotion Strategies for Renewable Energy Technologies on Local and Regional Level

The acceptance and support of a wide range of strata of the population and of decision-makers is urgently needed for the continued expansion of renewable energies towards being the primary means for energy and electricity provision. Addressing the accumulated questions, strategies will be developed in a series of workshops involving the relevant decision-makers, as to how the acceptance of renewable energy technologies can be funded and how their use on a regional and local level can be intensified. more...
2005 - 2008
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
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