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Seville (ES) - 16/10/08 - 17/10/08
Future-Oriented Technology Analysis conference
Policy and decision makers have a rising need to look at the future. Future-Oriented Technology Analysis (FTA) provides a common umbrella for the foresight, forecasting and technology assessment research techniques and their respective communities. These closely related communities play an important role in guiding policy and decision making to anticipate and shape future developments. The "Seville FTA Conference" is a unique occasion for them to meet and to mutually enrich their approaches. This bi-annual event has become a reference point for the scientific and practitioner community in the field.
The Third International Seville Conference on Future-Oriented Technology Analysis, organised by the JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), has put specific focus on the “impacts and implications of FTA for policy and decision making”.
At the event, speakers presented practical examples of how FTA helps anticipate emerging infectious diseases, how it contributes to picturing and aiding a region's agricultural and agri-food development towards 2020, how it is used to identify the challenges the environment will face in a country in 30 years time, to assess future mobile and wireless applications and services, or more generally speaking, to identify new priorities fields and themes in research and technology. Regarding the business world, the event showcased how leading companies have progressively incorporated the use of FTA to their research and development departments.
The rising importance of FTA and of the Seville FTA Conference is reflected in the interest for this third edition. 180 participants from all continents attended the event. Out of the 166 abstracts that were submitted, the conference scientific committee selected 56 papers in order to build a comprehensive conference programme. In addition 27 posters have been presented.