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Future & Emerging Technologies Advisory Group (FETAG)

FETAG is a new advisory entity set up to ensure that the Commission receives consistent and consolidated advice during the preparation of the Horizon 2020 work programmes, with respect to the Future and Emerging Technologies.
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The role of FETAG is to provide advice on how to take our new role in Horizon 2020, and to further strengthen FET's impact in science, society, technology and innovation. This is in particular important for the aspect of multidisciplinarity (covering a broad range of areas, such as social and economic sciences and humanities) and many other cross-cutting issues such as:

  • Bridging from discovery to market application
  • Dissemination, knowledge transfer and broader public engagement
  • SME participation
  • Societal and economic impact
  • International cooperation
  • Responsible research and innovation including gender issues
  • Research career development, doctoral training, and skills
  • Responding to emerging needs and specifically unforeseen policy needs.

The reports from the Advisory Group will be public documents available for consultation. This, together with other external advice, will in particular help the Commission in writing future work programmes. The Group will however also be consulted on other topics, such as the preparation of the strategic programme, which sets the basis to guide the preparations of the work programmes.


Agenda & Minutes (see the additional information tab)

  • 5 September 2014 (Brussels)
  • 19 June 2014 (Brussels)
  • 30 April 2014 (Brussels)
  • 1st meeting: 21st February 2014 (Brussels)


Members list of the FET Advisory Group


Email: Andrea Feltrin



Silvestro Micera's picture
Silvestro MICERA
Continuous and intensive multi-disciplinary research is the secret of innovative solutions able to change our lives
Andrew Houghton's picture
Last week, the Future was in Portugal ! To be exact, in Lisbon, in the Centre for the Unknown, of the Champalimaud Foundation. The Centre was hosting the high-level conference: "The Future of Europe is Science", marking the completion of the term of office of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durão Barroso.
Barbara Mazzolai's picture
Can we be inspired by plants for a new generation of technology? I believe so, and I'm putting all my effort into this new research line.
Robert Madelin's picture
Core ingredients for the Human Brain Project (HBP): openness, inclusive collaboration and good governance.
Jonathan Freeman's picture
Jonathan FREEMAN
Ethical guidelines for the CEEDs project, which is developing novel, integrated technologies to support human experience, analysis and understanding of very large datasets
Aymard De Touzalin's picture
Can the plants inspire future technologies? Sure! Plants are just incredibly smart: they adapt to the most adverse environmental conditions, they have unmatched drilling capabilities, they have a unique capacity to sense, they move and even communicate when facing threats… but the most fascinating is that they do it all without having a brain!
Jose Fernandez-villacanas's picture
The Human Brain Project (HBP) sailed off and is now currently underway. Scientists from 135 different groups from the whole world got together in Lausanne from 7th to 10th October 2013 to celebrate the official launch of the project.
Paul Hearn's picture
Alessandro Moschitti, Assistant Professor at the Information Engineering and Computer Science Department of the University of Trento - Italy, speaks about his experiences on the Watson Jeopardy! Challenge, with Paul Hearn, Scientific Officer from the Future and Emerging Technologies Programme at the European Commission.
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