Open Call: Digital Future(s) – Technology Assessment in and for a Changing World

In March 2022, the international TA community will meet in Karlsruhe to discuss the digital transformation and its challenges for policy, society, economy, environment, and research. The Keynotes will be held by Payal Arora (Erasmus University of Rotterdam), Doris Allhutter, (Institute of Technology Assessment – ITA, Austrian Academy of Sciences) and Catrin Misselhorn (University of Göttingen).

The 5th European TA Conference will take place in Karlsruhe, Germany, March 20-23, 2022

Existing and potential impacts of digital technologies within societies and socio-technical systems (such as power grids, medical treatments, mobility, logistics and production) as well as on individuals, are the central focus of the conference. Overall, there is a broad range of digital technologies relevant for technology assessment (TA). Some are used “purely” digitally, such as artificial intelligence. Others include digital tools to enhance their effectiveness, e.g., robotics, 3-D-printing or sensor technologies.

The concerence will look at the impact these technologies have in certain fields, ranging from energy systems, to production and mobility or the agricultural sector. Questions asked are ie.how can algorithms be developed without endangering justice? And how can TA find ways to co-shape these digital technologies according to societal values such as fairness or trust?

The conference seeks to include interdisciplinary contributions from the TA community in both theoretical contributions on digital transformations as well as case studies from applied fields. Additionally, reflections on societal challenges of digital technologies focusing on institutional, policy, organizational and/or technological levels are welcome. The 2nd call for abstracts closes on 15 July 2021.

Thematic clusters and more information here