Our Research Field: TechnoScienceStudies

The MCTS focuses on analyzing the conditions and consequences of the technical sciences in thoroughly technologized societies. This includes new modes of technoscientific knowledge production, how technoscience is governed in (technical) universities, and how it is entangled with political funding strategies, industrial applications, and/or the expectations and objections of civil society. The MCTS organizes these topics into six research formats. ... read more → 

Research Activities at the MCTS

Cultivating Engagement

How can citizens shape the development of healthy and sustainable food, and what role should technology play in this process? What methods can engage publics on diverse issues across food, health and sustainability? How do innovation practices promote or prevent the democratization of food systems and address what are seen as major challenges? ...weiterlesen

The Language of Biofacts

The objective of the research association The Language of Biofacts is to develop, through the example of high-tech plants, a theoretically and empirically sound framework for the analysis and comprehension of biofacts as socio-technical objects in modern societies. In doing so we contribute to a deeper reflection on biofacts as well as a better comprehension of current conflicts in the agricultural and food sector ... read more →

Digital Media

The Digital/Media/Lab is a Post/Doc Lab at the Munich Center for Technology in Society. We explore the ongoing digital transformation of our lives, our working environments and our institutions by focusing on the manifold entanglements between infrastructures, datafication and communication in digital societies: Digital formats of science and technical communication change the arrangements of  ... read more →

Engineering Responsibility

Responsibility has become a key concept within our technologized societies. With the increasing challenge to adapt to implications of our technological heritage, questions of responsibility gain relevance. The Post/Doc Lab Engineering Responsibility aims to empirically explore ways to collectively anticipate and reflect on the consequences of developments in research and technology, such as material and immaterial 'by-products'. ... read more → 

Exploring TechnoSociety

Wie gestalten sich Gesellschaften, die in praktisch allen Handlungsbereichen technisiert sind und sich beständig weiter technisieren? Der Friedrich Schiedel-Lehrstuhl für Wissenschaftssoziologie verfolgt das Ziel einer responsiven und reflexiven Wissenschaftsforschung, die diese Frage in empirische Fallstudien übersetzt und sich in inter- und transdisziplinäre Dialoge begibt ... weiterlesen → 

Automation and Society: Highly Automated Driving

While the technical challenges of highly automated driving have received great attention in scientific research, the interplay of technology and society in this case is still largely unclear. Researchers from six different chairs of the TUM therefore work together at the MCTS Lab ASHAD to investigate how technology and society interact in the case of highly automated mobility... read more →

Infrastructures and Participation

We have long moved from an age of machines to one shaped by complex infrastructural assemblages articulating persons, data and things in new ways. The professorship for Participatory Technology Design focuses on current transformations of urban infrastructures paying special attention at the ensuing participatory and democratic challenges ... read more → 

Innovation, Society, and Public Policy

Innovation has become a leitmotif of policy-making and institution-building around the globe. Hardly a week passes without a government announcing an innovation strategy for a region or country, a company announcing a major technological breakthrough, or an organization branding itself a driver of innovation. Innovation has become a go-to answer – a panacea – that carries the promise of solving socioeconomic problems almost irrespective of what and where precisely these problems are ... read more → 

Philosophy and Philosophy of Science

Wissenschaft und Technik stehen vor einem dramatischen Umbruch, da die Massen von Forschungsdaten ohne intelligente Algorithmen nicht mehr beherrschbar sind. Welche Rolle spielt aber in Zukunft die Theorie? Sie ist in der modernen Logik, Mathematik, Informatik und Philosophie tief verwurzelt und liefert erst Begründung und Orientierung. Der Lehrstuhl für Philosophie und Wissenschaftstheorie beschäftigt sich daher in mehreren Teilprojekten mit den Grundlagen und Folgen der Digitalisierung ... weiterlesen → 

Reorganizing Industries

Classical industries undergo large scale transformations due to the opportunities and challenges presented by digitization. Specifically, new ways of combining the immaterial and the material - especially software with physical products and their production - have the potential to bring about a long lasting change in existing forms of industrial organization. The central assumption of this working group is that the phenomena we are currently observing signify a new quality of the technologization of society, which stems from the interplay between digitization and the organization of industries. ... read more → 

History of Technology

The research activities within the history of technology subject area of at TUM focus on processes of humankind’s move from the biotope to the technotope. We explore how knowledge and technology was produced, transferred and appropriated under specific historical circumstances and we scrutinize the epistemic, economic, social, cultural and political conditions of this development ... read more → 

Knowledge, Life and Governance in TechnoSocieties

Science and technology are central elements of modern societies. They have also become key actors in and topics of national and international policy. The professorship for Science and Technology Policy explores the multiple relationships between science, technology and policy that emerge in our increasingly technoscientific societies. We aim to understand particularly two aspects of this dynamic: ... read more → 


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