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Issue 10, 1st quarter 2006

Foresighting Europe Newsletter

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Shared visions, common research futures

Editorial

Foresight activities under FP6 were designed to ensure the diffusion and exploitation of results from forward-looking activities. These activities were implemented in the framework of the European S&T Foresight Knowledge Sharing Platform and aimed at providing policy-makers with information on research and innovation policies at all levels in Europe. This platform was set up in 2004 with a view to support the “Foresight Community” through knowledge sharing activities and events. In order to prepare for the future, it is now important to capitalise on the experience gained from the Foresight activities.

Foresight S&T Knowledge Sharing Platform

Introduction

The “European Science and Technology Foresight Knowledge Sharing Platform” was implemented in 2004 with a view to support the self-organisation process of the “Foresight Community” through knowledge sharing activities and events. It provides a coherent supportive framework at the European level to identify and mobilise all relevant actors (at every governance level) to enable EU-wide networking and capacity building.

European Foresight Monitoring Network (EFMN)

The EFMN project constitutes the first element of the European Science and Technology Foresight Knowledge Sharing Platform: it consists of monitoring Foresight activities relevant to European decision-makers at various levels in the field of research and innovation policy. Moreover, it disseminates the related information to the Foresight community as well as policy-makers.

FOR-LEARN project

A great deal of experience on Foresight has been collected over the last 10-20 years. There is a small but highly active community of researchers and practitioners continuously learning from experience and advancing the approach. However, newcomers embarking on Foresight or thinking of launching Foresight find it difficult to access the required knowledge as there has been little systematic attempt to collect and write up experience.

New Emerging/Converging Clusters of Science and Technology

For European public research investments to be effective in promoting a knowledge-based economy, knowledge on new emerging promising scientific clusters and the processes that govern their creation and evolutionis required. Emerging technologies showing up in patents and innovations are frequently preceded by an increase in academic publications in scientific clusters that can be related (often with a time-lag) to technological domains.

UNIDO seminar on Technology Foresight activities

In response to requests by member countries, UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) is implementing a global initiative on technology foresight that draws on regional initiatives: technology foresight can be used as a practical tool to design policies and strategies that exploit emerging and critical technologies for the benefit of countries with economies in transition.

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