Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (DE)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (DE)

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was founded in 2009 as a merger of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and Universität Karlsruhe. KIT bundles the missions of both precursory institutions: A university of Baden-Wuerttemberg and a large-scale research institution of the Helmholtz Association conducting program-oriented research on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. With its 8000 employees and EUR 700 million annual budget, KIT is one of the largest research and teaching institutions in the world. KIT’s mission is along the strategic fields of research, teaching, and innovation. Its long-term objective is to become a leading institution of top research and excellent scientific education as well as a prominent location of academic life, life-long learning, comprehensive advanced training, unrestricted exchange of know-how, and sustainable innovation culture.

KIT has wide experience in research investigating socio-technical relationships in society, cities and regions. As the host of the Office of Technology Assessment of the German Parliament, the Institute of Technology Assessment and System Analysis (ITAS) is a lead European institution in science, technology and policy research. Sustainable Cities, New Technologies and Knowledge Society are strategic study areas. Cultural tourism and heritage are of special attention with work focusing on promoting intelligent and competitive cities through sustainable and smart tourism, innovation management, new media, and cultural heritage.

ITAS’s key competences include (a) Research design, including the design of large-scale evaluation and impact assessment projects (b) Survey design, sampling and control group methods, particularly with SMEs, other companies, and institutions (c) Analysis of research, technology and innovation (d) Expertise in European Union and national research, technology and development (e) Extensive networks in research, technology and development systems across European countries (h) High-level communication capabilities and organisation of policy dissemination workshops. In Renew Town, ITAS will integrate to work with other institutes and centres of expertise in KIT on a wide range of innovation management, evaluation and policy issues of urban competitiveness and sustainable cultural heritage tourism. The experience of several other European Projects – FP7 ICT PSP Peripheria, FP6 STREP ISAAC, FP5 STREP SUT-Governance, FP6 Integrated Project IntelCities and FP6 STREP PICTURE – will be also used. In ReNewTown, ITAS will oversee the development and the implementation of the investments in the project’s city pilots in WP3 & WP4, host a 2-day technical meeting to build knowledge and capacity in the partnership (December, 2011) and actively participate in all dissemination activities. Dr. Krassimira Paskaleva will lead the ITAS team which also includes Dr. Ian Cooper and Mrs Antonia Ritsche.

More about on: www.kit.edu

Contact: krassimira.paskaleva@kit.edu