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The programme “Technology, Innovation and Society"

The modern age is shaped to a large extent by the interaction between technology, innovation and society. Innovation, of course, is deeply linked to scientific and technological progress. However, this does not mean that progress will always lead to useful innovation. Exactly how specific technologies ultimately contribute to the resolution of societal issues and problems often depends on how these technologies interact systematically, as well as on societal factors such as political or economic conditions, public acceptance and ethical considerations. The mission of the Helmholtz Association is to develop solutions that address society’s most pressing and complex challenges. The Technology, Innovation and Society programme thus encompasses the systematic research of the many and varied interconnections between technology, innovation and society.
The Helmholtz Association’s considerable expertise in areas such as systems analysis, technology assessment and scientific policy consulting is central to this new programme, focusing on fields that are both socially relevant and scientifically challenging – namely energy and key technologies – and usually in cooperation with related scientific and technological programmes. The Assessing Technologies programme topic focuses on investigating the impact of technology; here, not only the technologies themselves but also their associated innovation and implementation processes are analysed and assessed. The topic Renewable Energy and Material Resources for Sustainable Futures develops and analyses concepts for making the exploitation of renewable resources more sustainable, while the area of Assessment of Energy Systems comprises the interdisciplinary development of scientific methods for assessing the sustainability of energy systems, as well as strategic socio-political solutions for a sustainable energy supply grid.

Topic: Assessing Technologies. Towards Strategies for Responsible Innovation (Research Field Key Technologies)

Topic: Renewable Energy and Material Resources for Sustainable Futures - Integrating at Different Scales (Research Field Energy)

Topic 3: Assessment of Energy Systems – Addressing Issues of Energy Efficiency and Energy Security (Research Field Energy)

Participating Helmholtz Centres

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ)

Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research - UFZ

The Helmholtz Centres involved in TIS have co-operated since September 2011 as part of the Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY-TRANS.

25.05.2016

Contact

Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald

Programme spokes person Technology, Innovation and Society

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

Phone: +49 721 608 225 00
armin.grunwald (at) kit.edu


Prof. Jürgen-Friedrich Hake

Deputy Programme spokes person Technology, Innovation and Society

Forschungszentrum Jülich

Phone: +49 2461 61 6363
d.stobbe (at) fz-juelich.de


Dr. Tobias Sontheimer

Research Field Energy

Helmholtz Head Office

Phone: +49 30 206329-17
tobias.sontheimer (at) helmholtz.de