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The Rathenau Institute is the Netherlands’ key research and debate centre for science, technology and society. The Institute focuses on two key processes: Technology Assessment and Science System Assessment. It organises workshops, encourages debate and holds conferences on the results of its investigations and analyses.
In the Technology Assessment process, the Institute encourages public and political debate on the social, ethical and political implications of modern science and technology. It also informs the Dutch parliament on this subject.
In the Science System Assessment process, the Institute investigates how the science system is organised and how it responds to scientific, social and economic change. Science System Assessment often produces interesting information for policy-makers and the scientific community.
The Institute was established in 1986 by the Dutch Minister of Education and Science. Originally, it was called the Netherlands Organisation for Technology Assessment (NOTA). The name was changed to the Rathenau Institute in 1994. In 2004, it was made responsible for Science System Assessment, in addition to its original Technology Assessment task.
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The Institute has its own board and is one of the Academy's research institutes. In 2010, it employed 48 staff members.