International Corner

A number of countries have established an institution that analyses the effects of new technologies on society, the environment and the economy and makes its conclusions available to politicians, governments and the general public.

EPTA (European Parliamentary Technology Assessment) is the association of European institutions that carry out Technology Assessment (TA). TA-SWISS is part of this network and also facilitates the exchange of experience and cooperation with a whole range of other international TA networks and organisations.

EPTA Conference 2017

In 2017, TA-SWISS resumes the EPTA presidency which is assured in turn by all full members. With the presidency comes the task of organizing the annual EPTA conference  which will be held from November 7-8 at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, Switzerland, and will address, under the heading « Shaping the Future of Mobility», different developments in future mobility from multiple perspectives.


November 7, 2017 Council meeting (Pilatus mountain)

November 8, 2001, Conference (Verkehrshaus Lucerne)

 9.30                Welcome

 9.45 - 12.00    Session I and II

12.00 - 13.30    Lunch

13.30 - 17.00    Session III and IV

17.00 - 18.00    Aperitif

Practical information

Visiting Lucerne


Contact: eRwJDRhLSUhOOQ0YVAoOEAoKVxoR@nospam

The common denominator among the institutions which make up EPTA is that all of them refer directly to the Parliament of their own country, although this cooperation takes very different forms. Some TA institutions are part of the parliamentary process, while others maintain a certain institutional distance from the Parliament. The EPTA Booklet provides an overview of how the different European TA institutions function.

An interactive comparison of the organisation and methods of technology assessment in different countries is available here.

The international projects that TA-SWISS is participating in can be found under the heading Projects.

International newsletter

TA News from Europe – the latest headlines from European Technology Assessment organisations

No. 3 Fall/Winter 2017

No. 2 July/August 2016

No. 1 June 2016

On Twitter: #techassess

Abgeschlossene Projekte

SurPRISE – Surveillance, Privacy and Security (2015)

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Parliaments and Civil Society in Technology Assessment PACITA (2015)

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Teleassistance and future ageing (2015)

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WWViews on Global Warming (2009)

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Genetically modified plants and foods (2009)

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INES – Institutionalisation of Ethics in Science Policy (2006)

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TAMI Technology Assessment - Methods and Impacts (2003)

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EUROPTA – European Participatory Technology Assessment (2000)

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