This Seminar first highlighted the main trends up to 2025 (demography,
urbanisation, macro-economic projections, education, science and culture).
Secondly, it underlined the tensions on natural resources and the new
production-consumption patterns while attempting to identify the so-called
"wild cards". Thirdly, the potential transitions were evoked (multi-polar
world, socio-ecology, beyond technological innovation). Finally, the
next steps in European foresight and forward-looking activities were
presented by the European Commission.
This Seminar benefited from the inputs of a European Expert Group "The World in 2025" set up by the European Commission in 2008 (cf. individual contributions( 7.40MB)) and from the reflections of several Directorates-General of the European Commission (cf. synthetic paper ( 816KB))