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Imprint of the journal

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)

Editors TATuP

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
D-76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

ISSN (Print) 1619-7623
ISSN (Online) 2199-9201

TATuP - Journal by ITAS on Technology Assessment


The journal of the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) has been published since 1992 in print and online. In August of 2017 "TATuP – Zeitschrift für Technikfolgenabschätzung in Theorie und Praxis" will be relaunched: it will then appear as a peer reviewed open access journal in the oekom publishing house Munich. The editorial team will remain at ITAS. More on the 'new' TATuP can be found under (in German): https://www.oekom.de/zeitschriften/tatup.html



Call for Papers „Ten years after – Theory of TA reloaded“

About ten years ago, a debate on a theory of technology assessment (TA) briefly flared up. Even though the central questions of the positioning of TA as a research as well as advice program have increased, the debate on a theory of TA soon quieted down again.

A decade after, TATuP aims to reignite reflecting on a theory of TA in its 1/2018 edition. Guest editors of this topic are Stefan Böschen and Ulrich Dewald, both from the Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Abstracts can be submitted by the 15th of June 2017.

The full call can be found here.

TATuP Issue 3/2016 on real labs

Transdisciplinary “real labs” are becoming increasingly popular. The current thematic focus presents, among others, results from four real laboratories in Baden-Württemberg. Also in this issue: an outlook on the redesigned TATuP appearing in 2017.
Cover of Issue 3/2016
Cover Heft 3/2016

In the context of sustainable development, so-called real labs have emerged at various locations in Baden-Württemberg. The idea: instead of creating knowledge about new, sustainable ways of life and economic activities in theory and then laboriously putting this knowledge into practice, the aim is to develop solutions together with local actors. This new and transdisciplinary research approach is the main topic of the current issue of “Technology Assessment – Theory and Practice”. To illustrate the full potential of the topic, the thematic focus, edited by Oliver Parodi and Richard Beecroft, combines articles on the results from real labs with conceptual considerations. It becomes clear that, despite the great diversity of real labs, there are substantial similarities.

The current issue also includes presentations of TA projects, such as on responsible (digital) communication in companies or on the acceptance of energy-efficient school buildings. In the discussion forum, Christoph Groneberg and Florian Neisser reflect on information and knowledge management in the context of risk governance. In addition to reviews and conference reports, the journal also features a graphic review of the 7th annual conference of the Network TA.

TATuP in a new format

The present issue is the last in the “old format”. Starting in 2017, the journal Technology Assessment in Theory and Practice (TATuP) will be published as a peer-reviewed open access journal in a new format by oekom verlag, Munich. In this issue, the editors present the planned relaunch in its various facets. The first new issue will appear in August 2017 on “Open Science between Hype and Disruption”. Anyone interested can register now for TATuP free of charge.

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