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.
As the host of the Office of Technology Assessment of the German Parliament, the Institute of Technology Assessment and System Analysis (KIT/ITAS) is a lead European institution in science, technology and policy research. Sustainable Development, New Technologies and Knowledge Society are strategic areas. Culture, tourism and heritage work has focused on promoting intelligent and competitive cities through smart tourism, innovation management, new media, and cultural heritage.
ITAS’s key competences include (a) Research design (b) Survey design, sampling and control group methods, particularly with SME's, other companies & institutions (c) Analysis of research, technology and innovation (d) Expertise in European Union and national research, technology and development (e) Communication capabilities. ITAS has acted as Coordinator of SAAC FP6 DigiCulture Project and SUT-Governance FP5 STREP project as well as the key partner in other FP6 and FP7 projects. In CERTESS, ITAS will act as a knowledge and know how provider in themes relevant to culture, sustainable regional and local development, new technologies, networks and partnerships, etc. ITAS will integrate the capacities of CERTESS, as well as analysing the relationship between policy making and policy outcomes in the focus areas. The experience of the current EU project - FP7 CIP PSP Periphèria - Networked Smart Peripheral Cities for Sustainable Lifestyles - will be also be used.