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Issue 7, 1st quarter 2005

Foresighting Europe Newsletter

Foresight event

Conference on “The Future of Europeans in the Global Knowledge Society”: a meeting place for Europeans creating Futures

The International Foresight Conference “The Future of Europeans in the Global Knowledge Society   (13-14 April 2005, in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) was organised under the European Millenium Project Nodes Initiative, in partnership with the Institute Jules Destrée.

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Shared visions, common research futures

Editorial

Foresight is currently broadly accepted as being a key element in the creation of future oriented and outward looking visions and strategies. It is now crucial to capitalise on the experience of the Foresight activities of recent years in Europe and to discuss possible developments of EU Foresight in the near future. EU Foresight needs to be assessed, rethought, and redesigned in a way to become better integrated and have a higher coherence with EU level activities. New inputs and ideas for the future of Foresight at all levels of the EU are necessary. For this reason, a set of preparatory activities have been carried out by the Science and Technology Foresight Unit, aiming at the definition of Foresight activities in FP7.

On 6 April 2005, the European Commission has issued its proposal for the 7th Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities (2007-2013). The Commission's proposal accords an important role to and opportunities for the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), both in terms of budget as well as of the range of actions and types of instruments. One key dimension of collaborative research in SSH is Foresight. The Commission proposes to support Foresight activities on major science, technology and related socio-economic issues such as the future demographic trends and the globalisation of knowledge and evolution of research systems, as well as of the future developments in and across major research domains and scientific disciplines.

Foresight activities in FP6

European Science and Technology Foresight Knowledge Sharing Platform

The main idea behind the setting up of a European S&T Foresight Knowledge Sharing Platform is the diffusion and exploitation of the information on useful results from forward-looking activities. These Foresight activities aiming at informing policy-makers dealing with research and innovation are carried out at all levels in Europe

Foresight indirect activities in FP7

Foresight is broadly accepted as being a key element in the creation of future-oriented and outward-looking visions and strategies. But it is now necessary to capitalize on the experience gained over the recent years and to give inputs and ideas for the future of Foresight at all levels of the EU.
EU Foresight itself needs to be assessed, rethought and redesigned for future effective delivery of added-value products and services to our constituency.

The future of Creative Industries: implications for research policy

“Society and economy” is changing, driven by the rise of human creativity, which becomes a key source of competitive advantage.The rise of the “Creative Economy” is drawing the spheres of innovation (technological creativity), business (economic creativity) and culture (artistic and cultural creativity) into one another, in more intimate and more powerful combinations than ever” (Florida, The rise of creative class, 2000, p. 201).

Recent publications

The publications produced by the two High Level Expert Groups on “Foresighting the New Technology Wave” and “Blueprints for Foresight Actions in the Regions” are now available.

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