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Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag

Tasks and Goals

The tasks and activities of TAB include the design and implementation of TA projects. Additionally,TAB monitors and analyses important trends in science and technology and related societal aspects (Monitoring).

Moreover, parliamentary TA includes analyses of innovation activities (Innovation Reports), the observation of scientific and technological trends at an early stage of development (Horizon Scanning) as well as the exchange of experience and views with players from society by means of systematic discourse analyses and dialogue procedures.

The objectives of technology assessment, as TAB sees it, are the following:

  • To analyse the potentials of new scientific and technological developments and explore the associated opportunities,
  • To examine the societal, regulatory and economic framework conditions for implementation and application of scientific and technological developments,
  • To analyse potential impacts of technologies in a comprehensive and forward-looking manner, pinpoint the opportunities offered by using a technology and indicate possible means of avoiding or reducing its risks,

All this is the basis for

  • Developing options for action by political decision-makers.

Up to now TAB has conducted research on more than 160 topics and published all its findings (Overview on publications).