Observatory of Technology Assessment

The Observatory of Technology Assessment (the Portuguese accronym is OAT) is a research unit of CICS.NOVA approved on 17 July 2015. Its founding assembly took place on December 9th where the by-laws and governing bodies were approved. The members of IET/CICS.NOVA integrate the OAT.

Its webpage is at: http://sites.fct.unl.pt/observatorio-avaliacao-tecnologia/

Webpage of the Observatory of Technology Assessment

OAT is an applied research unit of the research centre CICS.NOVA.

It is the only research unit dedicated to Technology Assessment in Portugal. Our research is conducted in several disciplinary fields, such as sociology, engineering, management and science and technology studies. The unit conducts research projects on different TA topics, such as health, transport, indicators and several emerging technologies.

Process for the organisation of OAT

The IET/CICS.NOVA unit at FCT-UNL has started the process for the organisation of an Observatory of Technology Assessment at CICS.NOVA.

In few weeks we will provide further information about this development.


The aim of the working papers at IET/CICS.NOVA is the improvement of the scientific information exchange in the field of technology assessment, enterprise and work innovation, evaluation of emergent technologies, and foresight in its social and economical dimensions.These working papers should also promote the dissemination of advanced knowledge in research fields of science and technology with a critical perspective.