Armin Grunwald

Armin Grunwald is director of the Institute for Technology Assessment and systems analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Karlsruhe, Germany, since 1999. Since 2002 he is also director of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB). Since 2007, Armin Grunwald in addition is Full Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Technology at KIT.

Armin Grunwald


Armin Grunwald’s main working areas include: theory and methodology of technology assessment, ethics of new technology, philosophy of science, concepts of sustainable development, theory and practice of inter- and transdisciplinary research.

Armin Grunwald studied physics at the universities Münster and Cologne. He received the diploma in Physics in 19884, and the PhD in 1987 with a thesis on thermal transport processes in semiconductors at Cologne University. From 1987-1991 he acted as software engineer and systems specialist in a company. From 1991-1995 Armin Grunwald was researcher at the DLR (German Aerospace Center) in the field of technology assessment. In 1996 he was appointed vice director of the European Academy Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler. In 1998 hereceived his habilitation at the faculty of social sciences and philosophy at Marburg University with a study on culturalistic planning theory.

Postal address: Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis at KIT, Karlstr. 11, 76133 Karlsruhe, Germany. Email:

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