Finding of topics
Proposals for TA-studies can come from one or many of 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 chairman, 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 selected and unanimously presented to the committee for debate.
A proposal is accepted when a third of the committee members do not oppose it.
During the period from 1991 to 2009 several major areas of focus emerged: bio- and genetic engineering, the environment, and healthcare. Information technology as well as energy and resources are further areas of focus.
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, another focus of these studies are the challenges of research, education, and innovation policies.