How are new technologies changing our lives?
We are looking for the answers!

New technology applications generally serve progress. But they also have a whole range of unforseeable effects. The task of TA-SWISS consists in analyzing all possible consequences so that everyone can form his or her own educated opinion.

TA-SWISS, the Centre for Technology Assessment, deals with the possible consequences (opportunities and risks) of using new technologies on social coexistence and on the environment. To do so, TA-SWISS brings together experts from a very diverse range of subject areas and consults citizens. The analyses carried out by TA-SWISS are always centred around a consideration of possible "technological futures" from social, economic, ecological, ethical, legal and political points of view and working out courses of action from these.

  • To this end TA-SWISS takes on an early identification role and encourages debate on the opportunities and risks of new technologies.
  • TA-SWISS promotes interaction between different groups in society, provides objective bases for discussion and thus facilitates democratic decision making.
  • Based on its analyses and assessments, TA-SWISS presents decision makers with a reasoned selection of options.
  • From its studies, TA-SWISS draws its own conclusions, formulates and publishes its own recommendations and thus provides guidance for politicians, citizens and their organisations.

Scientific, independent, impartial

TA-SWISS therefore concerns itself with potential consequences of new technologies and their effect on our society. As a foundation financed exclusively from public funds, TA-SWISS fulfils its mandate, which is enshrined in law, on the basis of scientific knowledge, independence and impartiality.

These are the topics we are currently working on:

Our projects: information and background material

International technology assessment




Latest publications

FOCUS FOOD Schlussbericht Participatory Workshop, TA-SWISS (Hrsg.), Bern, 2017

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When the future lies in the genes. Non-invasive prenatal tests and their consequences. Abridged version of the study «Wissen können, dürfen, wollen? Genetische Untersuchungen während der Schwangerscha Centre for Technology Assessment (ed.), TA-63A/2016, Bern, 2016

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Wissen können, dürfen, wollen? Genetische Untersuchungen während der Schwangerschaft. TA-SWISS Studie Susanne Brauer, Jean-Daniel Strub, Barbara Bleisch, Christian Bolliger, Andrea Büchler, Isabel Filges, Peter Miny, Anna Sax, Sevgi Tercanli, Markus Zimmermann (eds.), vdf Hochschulverlag AG, 452 Seiten, CHF 48.00 / EUR 46.00 (D).
978-3-7281-3748-7 (Buch)

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Solo self-employment, worker entrepreneurship, crowdworking and co. Flexible working and its consequences. Abridged version of the TA-SWISS study: «Flexible neue Arbeitswelt. Eine Bestandsaufnahme au Centre for Technology Assessment (ed.), TA-64A/2016, Bern, 2016

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Flexible neue Arbeitswelt. Eine Bestandsaufnahme auf gesellschaftlicher und volkswirtschaftlicher Ebene. Studie TA-SWISS Studie, Jens O. Meissner, Johann Weichbrodt, Bettina Hübscher, Sheron Baumann, Ute Klotz, Ulrich Pekruhl, Leila Gisin, Alexandra Gisler (eds.), vdf Hochschulverlag AG, 338 Seiten, CHF 48.00 / EUR 46.00 (D)
ISBN: 978-3-7281-3770-8 (Buch)

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Media and Democracy in the Digitalisation Age. Abridged version of the TA-SWISS study: «Medien und Meinungsmacht» Centre for Technology Assessment (ed.), TA-65A/2017, Bern, 2017

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Medien und Meinungsmacht. Studie TA-SWISS Studie, Manuel Puppis, Michael Schenk und Brigitte Hofstetter (eds.), vdf Hochschulverlag AG, 338 Seiten, CHF 48.00 / EUR 46.00 (D)
ISBN: 978-3-7281-3792-0-7 (Buch)

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Newsletter 2/2017: «Was meins ist, ist deins – Sharing Economy»

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Newsletter 1/2017: «Medien und Meinungsmacht»

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