Comparative Table of Parliamentary TA Institutions



TAB is operated by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) under a contract with the German Bundestag. TAB is an independent scientific unit of the Institute for Technology Assessment and System Analysis (ITAS). TAB and ITAS cooperate in conducting research as well as in developing concepts and methods of technology assessment.

The Director of TAB is appointed by KIT in consultation with the responsible Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment. Professor Armin Grunwald, who also heads the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, is responsible for the scientific results of TAB´s work and represents them vis à vis the German Bundestag.

The director of TAB and his or her staff are, in matters of content, not bound by instructions of the KIT with respect to any tasks assigned to them by the Bundestag, and that the director of TAB has responsibility for the scientific accuracy of the results produced by TAB and also has sole responsibility for selection TAB staff. TAB is located in Berlin. Currently, eight scientists from various disciplines are employed there.

As TAB´s governing body, the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment is chiefly responsible for deciding on the work programme, approving final reports, and communicating with the Members of Parliament and its committees. It has a standing »TA rapporteur group«, with one member from each parliamentary political party. This group prepares all the decisions on TAB to be taken by the Committee, from the decision to carry out a TA project through to approval of the final report. The Committee secretariat assists the rapporteurs in their work.


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