Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB)
The Office for Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB) is an independent scientific institution that advises the German Bundestag and its committees regarding scientific and technical change. For this purpose, TAB mainly produces research and technology-related studies and carries out technology assessment projects. Additionally, TAB observes and analyses important scientific and technical trends and related social developments. TAB is geared towards the information needs of the German Bundestag and its committees. It has carried out more than 140 studies to date. The results of these studies are publicly available. The Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will continue to operate the office during the new contract period from 2013 to 2018. Since September 2013, KIT has collaborated with UFZ, the Institute for Future Studies and Technology Assessment (IZT), and VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH.
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