Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald

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Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald holds a chair in philosophy and ethics of technology at the University of Karlsruhe and is Director of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag. His main research areas are theory of technological impact assessment, ethics of technology, concepts of sustainability and Nanotechnology and society.


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since 2007 Professor for Philosophy and Ethics of Technology at the University of Karlsruhe
since 2002 Head of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB)
since 1999 Head of ITAS; Professor of Philosophy
1998 Habilitation and venia legendi (teaching licence) at the University of Marburg
1995 Deputy Head of Unit at the head office of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat)
1996-1999 Deputy Director of Europäische Akademie zur Erforschung von Folgen wissenschaftlich-technischer Entwicklungen GmbH (European academy for research on the consequences of scientific/technical development)
1991-1995 Scientific staff member at the Central Space Systems Analysis Department of the German Aerospace Center (DLR)
1987-1991 Systems specialist and project leader at Systems Research Laboratories GmbH, Cologne
1987 Promotion as Dr. rer. Nat. at the University of Cologne
Studied Physics, Mathematics and Philosophy (Graduated 1983)


  • Future Earth Scientific Committee
  • Horizon2020 Advisory Group for Energy
  • Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften (Acatech) (National Academy of Science and Engineering)
  • Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the "Responsible Innovation" Program of the Netherlands Science Foundation
  • Nachhaltigkeitsbeirat des Landes Baden-Württemberg (Baden-Württemberg Council on Sustainable Development)
  • Member of the National Committee Global Change Research (NKGCF), 2009-2013



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Publications of Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald

  • Chairman

    Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck

  • Member

    Prof. Dr. Dr. Francois Buscot

  • Member

    Prof. Dr. Anita Engels

  • Member

    Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald

  • Member

    Prof. Dr. Patrick Hostert

  • Mitglied

    Prof. Dr. Daniela Jacob

  • Member

    Prof. Dr. Karen Pittel

  • Ex-Officio

    Dr. Bettina Schmalzbauer

  • Ex-Officio

    Dr. Christiane Joerk