New topics are initialized by the TA-SWISS office on the base of a constant monitoring of new scientific and technological developments. Suggestions from external experts or from members of the TA-SWISS executive committee are also integrated in this systematic survey. In this way, subject areas are identified and within these the project managers develop concrete proposals for projects. The TA-SWISS executive committee then decides which new studies are taken up.
TA-SWISS deliberately chooses projects that deal with particularly controversial technologies and assesses their benefits and disadvantages comprehensively. The Centre’s independence ensures the credibility necessary for this purpose.TA-SWISS mainly analyses developments in the fields of biotechnology, medicine, nanotechnology and communication and information technologies. However, the effects of social or cultural complexities are less studied and for this reason they have been identified as a new challenge.
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