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Center for Technology Assessment
Zentrum für Technologiefolgen-Abschätzung

Type of Structure: organisation / agency
Regional Scope: national in the area: Switzerland / Europe
Parent Organisations: a+
Child Organisations:
Duration : 1992 to present
Contact Address: Dr. Sergio Bellucci
Brunngasse 36
3011 Bern
Phone: +41 (0) 31 310 99 66 ; +41 (0) 31 310 99 60
FAX: +41 (0) 31 310 99 61
e-Mail: sergio.bellucci(at)

holding an official function in TA-SWISS

General information and objectives

In a time when developments in information technology, medicine and all other fields of technology lead to changes at a rate not known before, the Centre for Technology Assessmentprovides comprehensive information on the chances and risks of new technological achievements.

A main feature of TA activities is their interdisciplinary basis. This allows the foreseeable consequences of a new technology to be viewed from different angles: Questions on the impact of a technology on the environment, business, politics, human health etc. are taken up just as are those questions on the ethical implications of technical change.

The TA-Centre's publications and events are directed not only towards decision-makers in politics, science, business and administration but also towards the general public as a whole. Then, basically, unbiased and well-balanced information presented in this way should contribute at an early stage to putting the people and institutions who play a decisive role into the picture on the possible effects to be expected of a new technical development - and on which consequences are to be expected when this technology is not used.

The TA-Centre makes great efforts to address fields of technology and their application which are considered by public opinion to be controversial. In particular, the Programme looks into the three subject areas "Life Sciences", "Information Society" and "Energy and Mobility". In addition, participative TA mehtods are applied such as the PubliForum, scenario workshops etc.)

For further details, link to the TA-SWISS Home Page

Last update: 8/20/10
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2017)

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