20th anniversary of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag
On October 27 2009 the 17th German Bundestag constituted itself, Committees and other parliamentary bodies have resumed work mostly in altered composition comprising numerous new Members of Parliament. This situation coincides with the 20th anniversary of TAB this year. Therefore the TAB-Newsletter is devised slightly different than usual.
In the form of three thematic foci TAB and parliamentary technology assessment is presented -- partly in retrospect partly as status quo depiction.
First, an overview of institutional and thematic aspects of the scientific policy advice which is offered by TAB is provided; furthermore the spectrum of topics for projects is shown and illustrated by seven intriguing examples, and lastly the European Parliamentary Technology Assessment Network (EPTA) is presented.
The elecronic edition of the TAB newsletter in German (TAB-Brief Nr. 36) is available online.