Thematically diverse and interdisciplinary
The Centre for Technology Assessment TA-SWISS primarily monitors developments in the fields of biotechnology, medicine and nanotechnology, and the communications and information technology sector. For TA-SWISS, the interest lies in the instruments that are deployed in the social and cultural field.
Using studies and participative methods, topics with a potential to become socially controversial are reviewed on an interdisciplinary basis. This involves presenting the opportunities and risks in as balanced a way as possible. Certain projects are conducted at an international level, principally in cooperation with other institutions that carry out technology assessments.
Topics to identify early
For TA-SWISS to be able to do its job properly, it is essential to identify new technological developments early on. It is a matter of assessing which applications might be important for economic and social developments, because these are particularly worthwhile if the topic is to be considered from all angles.