TechnikRadar is a joint project by the Körber Foundation, acatech, ZIRIUS and the Department of Sociology of Technology and Environment at the University of Stuttgart. The aim of the project is the regular collection of empirical data and analysis of the attitudes, expectations and perspectives in relation to new technologies and technical change.
TechnikRadar is funded by the Körber Foundation and acatech. ZIRIUS and the Department of Sociology of Technology and Environment at the University of Stuttgart are responsible for scientific project management. The Körber Foundation and acatech intend to use TechnikRadar to encourage discussions about innovative technology amongst the public and civil society.
Starting in 2017, the perception of selected, forward-looking technologies and technical change will be explored every two years using representative surveys. This method design also allows setting trends and their influencing factors to be determined. Survey data will be supplemented by qualitative research during the interim years in order to gain a deeper understanding of technology perception and assessment. For example, focus groups can be used to determine the technical attitude of specific population groups as well as the background conditions of different technical perceptions. The first standardised survey wave took place in October and November 2017: Its results were presented on 25 May 2018 in Berlin.