Finding of topics
Proposals for TA-studies can come from the parliamentary groups in the Committee for Education, Research and Technology Assessment as well as any of the other committees in the German Bundestag.
Under the guidance of the committee chairperson, the TA-rapporteurs along with the director of TAB discuss the political and factual relevance of requested topics.
TAB submits a statement for every proposal on its scientific workability as well as considerations of the objectives, substance, and methods. Topics are then by consensus of the TA-rapporteurs discussed and selected. Then they are presented to the committee for final decision.
A proposal is accepted when a third of the committee members do not oppose it.
A glance at the period 1991 to 2013 shows that certain major thematic focuses emerged: energy, resources and environment, nutrition, agriculture and genetically modified crops, information and communication technology as well as bio and medical technology.
Under the umbrella of technology, society and innovation, TAB studies are focused on identifying potential areas of innovation as well as the strengths and weaknesses of Germany's innovation system. Furthermore, current challenges in research, education, and innovation policies are addressed.