OAT is a 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.

Although OAT originated in the Doctoral Program in Technology Assessment of FCT-UNL, it includes also several researchers working in Technology Assessment across the country. These groups concentrate their Technology Assessment activities in the fields of industrial sociology, management systems, foresight analysis in innovation, economics, and organizational studies, among others.
The Observatory also edits a scientific journal (Enterprise and Work Innovation Studies) since 2005, publishes the IET Working Papers Series, and organizes international meetings and regular conferences related to Technology Assessment. It also maintains information at the Economics and Social Sciences Repository RePEc, the Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ, EBSCO and BASE - Bielefeld Academic Search Engine. OAT has an International Scientific Board and a National Advisory Board, and is physically located at NOVA FCT. One of the unit's main objectives is the national and international cooperation activities, establishing various research networks at the European level, and involving also colleagues from South and North America.

Coordinator: António Brandão Moniz

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