Mobility and International Cooperation

Technology Assessment is present in a wide spectrum of companies in very different sectors of industry and services. This Doctorate (PhD) course is an alternative and advanced training scheme of large potential for technicians that are related with processes of technological choice or technological investments. But it provides anyway a high level of scientific and technological knowledge in a academic framework.

The Technology Assessment PhD diplomed professionals can also work in companies of medium and small-sized dimensions or health organizations, that work with anticipation of technological development processes (e.g., biotechnology, nanotechnology or micro-electronics, health technologies) or of technological consultancy.

In any case, PhD students will be experts that - independently of their basic technical education - need to acquire advanced knowledge in fields related to this type of possible options (of investment and/or of advanced research). The Technology Assessment PhD graduated professionals will have additional opportunities at research centres or research and development units associated to public and private institutions, or even at high education institutions. The Doctorate (PhD) Programme on "Technology Assessment" has the colaboration of other universities. Those universities are:

  • - Institute of Philosophy [ERASMUS programme] and Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) [ERASMUS programme];
  • - Praxis Philosophy of Science Group, University of Basque Country-EHU, Donostia (Spain) [ERASMUS programme]
  • - Departament of Sociology from University Bielefeld (Germany);
  • - Departament of Innovation Policy and Management from University Twente (Netherlands);
  • - Departament of Sociology from Goethe University Frankfurt am Main (Germany) [ERASMUS programme];
  • - Public Policy and Management Institute from Vilnius (Lithuania) [ERASMUS programme]
  • - Faculty of Economics from the Hochschule Furtwangen University-HFU (Germany) [ERASMUS programme]
  • - Faculty of Sociology from the Duisburg-Essen University (Germany) [ERASMUS programme]
  • - University of Sofia (Bulgaria) [ERASMUS programme]

Presently, students can use the available granting tools to visit these institutions, or to apply for a complete semester. It is also possible that PhD students from these universities can also apply to attend the PhD programme courses and collaborate in the researche topics that are under way. Apart from the collaboration through the Erasmus networking schemes, the PhD programme also have a very important support from the PACITA (Parliaments and civil society in Technology Assessment) an European project under FP7 [].

Under this European project, until 2015 several research activities were developed until April with the involvement of the PhD students of this programme. They attended already the PACITA Summer School 2012 at the Univ Liège (Belgium), the Practitioners International Workshops (Portugal, Bulgaria, Lithuania) and national workshops and conferences in other countries. As an example, one can mention the European TA Conferences (Prague, 2013, Berlin, 2015 Cork, 2017, Bratislava, 2019 and Karslruhe, 2022).

After this European project was finished, the PhD students were also involved in a wide variety of international research initiatives with other universities.