Together with the AIT, the ITA prepared monitoring reports for the Austrian Parliament in order to support it in its forward-looking research, innovation and technology (FTI) policy.
The continuous observation and analysis of current, international, scientific and technological developments in the social context was the basis for identifying key future topics. In such a monitoring procedure, important scientific and technical drivers for changes become visible, which opened up extended options for action to Parliament if they are taken into account at an early stage. The results of this monitoring thus support an anticipatory policy for research, technology and innovation.
Together with its partner AIT, the ITA sent written information to Parliament every six months, once in autumn and once in spring. Each monitoring report first contained a general overview of developments in the past six months (including the main issues of international and national scientific and research policy, but also societal debate) and an overview of the sources evaluated in the monitoring process. Subsequently, four topics were presented in more depth. The selection of these topics has been based on topicality and political relevance.
The topics and content presented were not limited to specific areas (such as the remit of individual committees), but covered the entire spectrum of parliamentary work and were thus potentially relevant to all committees and MPs. The focus of the reports was on a pointed presentation of results, enabling MPs to gain an overview of all current developments and trends in a short amount of time.
However, the monitoring reports also serve as a basis for members of parliament to commission short in-depth studies on selected topics, which also formed part of the framework agreement and were prepared separately on request.
07/2017 - 11/2022