ITA is an interdisciplinary research institute that analyses technological change in terms of its underlying societal conditions, the options available for shaping it, and the impacts that may result from it.
Scientific technology assessment applies a broad array of methods stemming from a multitude of fields. An essential element of technology assessment methodology is the inclusion of various bodies of knowledge, values and interests via participatory procedures. The aim of applied and scientifically oriented technology assessment is to generate knowledge relevant for decision-making and to identify the intended and unintended consequences of development options. This knowledge is targeted at supporting politics and administration, on the one hand, and at the general public on the other hand.
Within GoNano, ITA’s main task will be to carry out policy monitoring and alignment as well as development of policy recommendations (WP5). Also, ITA will develop the method for the pilot studies (WP2) and contribute to other tasks within the project.
Anja BAUER is a political scientist engaged in the areas of environmental, sustainability and technology governance with a special interest in the role of expertise, anticipation and participation in policy-making.
Daniela FUCHS has been involved in various projects on emerging technologies, including nanotechnology. Among others, she analyses the integration and distribution of knowledge on nano issues as well as the quality of science communication within the complex field of nanotechnologies.