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Key Technologies for Europe

Expert Group | Conference 2005

Expert Group

In 2005 the European Commission (DG Research, the "Science and technology foresight unit") has supported an Expert Group that was looking at the issues of Key Technologies for Europe (at the horizon 2015/2020).

The "Key Technologies" Expert Group has approached the future of several key technologies which are all crucial for Europe's future. These research and technology fields are: Biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technologies, communication technologies, transport technologies, energy technologies, environmental research, social sciences and humanities, manufacturing and materials technologies, health research, agricultural research, cognitive sciences, safety technologies, complexity research and systemic, research in the services sector.

The group has looked at the issues through European perspectives, and has been guided by a framework driven by the possible opportunities and threats of each technology for a European leading position (referring to the Lisbon Agenda).

The experts reports on each key research or technology domains are now available for downloading:

A contribution on "Towards a sustainable Knowledge ( - 275 KB)" has also been produced to feed the foresight discussions.

The final report ( - 712 KB) is now available

A final conference during which the draft final report was to be debated was opened by Mr. J. Potčnik, Commissioner responsible for Research (see dedicated page).

Conference Preview
Brussels, 19th and 20th September 2005

Monday 19th September

Chair Mr. Lennon, Director of the RTD/Directorate K

Opening Speech by Mr. J. Potočnik, Commissioner for Research: "Beyond FP7 - A Long Term Research Agenda"

Presentation by Mrs T. De Lemos, Chair of the expert group "Key Technologies for Europe", on the findings of the Synthesis Report ( - 303 KB)

Questions and answers

Feedback and inspirational presentations by:

- Mrs. Josephine Green, Philips Design, Eindhoven, "Sense Making and Making Sense for the Future" ( - 1.6 MB)

- Mr. Pierre Papon, Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles, Paris, "Science at the 2025 horizon : Continuity or ruptures?" ( - 1.9 KB)

Three parallel sessions:

Session 1: Systemic Transition
Moderator Paraskevas Caracostas
Energy Birte Holst-Joergensen, Risoe National Laboratory (DK) ( - 115 KB)
Environment Matthias Weber, ARC systems research Gmbh (AT)
Health Care Anette Braun, Association of German Engineers Future Technologies Division (DE) ( - 220 KB)
Agriculture Liam Downey, National University of Ireland (IRL)
Manufacturing José Sá-da-Costa, IST (PT) ( - 266 KB)
Transport Jacques Theys, Ministère des transports (FR)

Session 2: New Emerging Themes-Human-Technology Interactions
Moderator Elie Faroult
Cognitive Sciences Daniel Andler, Ecole normale supérieure & Université Paris-Sorbonne (FR) ( - 163 KB)
Complexity Corrado Priami, University of Trento (IT)
Security Myriam Croon-Janssens, JRC ( - 390 KB)
Services Walter Ganz, Fraunhofer Institute IAO (DE) ( - 532 KB)

Session 3: Converging Technologies and Interactions
Moderator Werner Wobbe
Nanotechnology Ottilia Saxl, CEO, Institute of Nanotechnology (UK)
Biotechnology Paolo Saviotti, INRA (IT) ( - 125 KB)
Information Technologies Wolfgang Bibel, Darmstadt University of Technology (DE) ( - 111 KB)
Communications Petros Kavassalis, Atlantis Group, University of Crete (EL) ( - 899 KB)

Discussions around Poster Session featuring SWOTS from the Individual Reports.

Tuesday 20h September

Foresight View: Prospective Outlook based on work by Prof E. Fontela: "Foresighting the new technology wave" ( - 1.6 MB)

Presentation by Mrs. J. Cassingena Harper "Recommendations of the expert's group: What's to be done at the EU level?"

Round table with the participation of European Commission officials from different Directorates of DG Research, JRC/IPTS and DG Information Society on:

- Conflicting Visions and Tensions (Potential contradictions)

- FP7 and FP8: Criteria for setting research priorities

- Moving from short-term to longer-term perspectives

Conclusions, by Mr. T. Lennon, Director of the Directorate K