Comparative Table of Parliamentary TA Institutions



The Danish Board of Technology is a non-profit, common good, corporative foundation, established in the course of the abolishment of the former Danish Board of Technology by June 20, 2012.

A corporate foundation is in Denmark a foundation, which bases its income on commercial activities and uses the revenue for common good purposes. Before the establishment of the foundation the Danish Board of Technology was a public, independent institution established by the Danish Parliament (the Folketing) under the Board of Technology Act No. 375 of 14 June 1995. The first Board of Technology was set up as a time-limited statutory body in 1986 and replaced by the Board (Teknologirådet) on 31 July 1995. The abolishment of the DBT in 2012 triggered a company take-over into the foundation on June 20, 2012.

The DBT was brought into being with three functions in mind. First, it was expected to disseminate knowledge about technology, its possibilities and its effects on people, on society and on the environment in order to support the level of knowledge and the debate in society. Second, it should support the work of Parliament by bringing forth visions, assessments and inspiration for political action. And third, there was an expectation that the Board should build its work on the experiences with action research made in the social sciences during the end of the 1970´s and the beginning of the 1980´s. So, DBT was born with expectations of serving Parliament, the public discourse and the actors involved in technology policy-making.

The DBT Foundation will build on this historical background and is expected to supply it with two new components.
  1. Other political decision-makers than the Danish Parliament are presumed to receive more focus from the DBT in the future because of the wide-spread influence on technology decisions in modern societies.
  2. The DBT Foundation expects to make use of its TA methodologies in areas, where the technology component of the problem is less dominating.
As a consequence of this development, the DBT Foundation makes use of the term Policy-oriented TA as a core function of its work. Parliamentary TA is an important part of this wider concept of TA.

The relation to the Danish Parliament is being processed at the time of writing. However, the Danish Parliament´s Committee for Science, Innovation and Higher Education is expected to point out two members of the Board of Representatives of the DBT Foundation. It is expected as well that an evaluation will take place in 2013, which will make a basis for clarifying the longer term relation between the Parliament and the DBT.

The DBT comprises a Board of Governors, a Board of Representatives, a Director and a Secretariat.


As a corporate foundation, DBT carries out activities financed by third party funds. These have until 2012 mainly come from municipalities, regions, governmental agencies, the EU Commission and the European Parliament, but it is expected that the range of financial partners will expand into charity foundations, financing consortiums of societal actors and the Danish Parliament. The yearly turnover is expected to be around 9 million DKK (1,2 million Euro in 2012).


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