We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
As the European Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre has developed a capacity to look at new approaches and cutting edge techniques to policy making.
The JRC relies on foresight and horizon scanning to look at the longer-term impact of policies and technologies anticipating emerging societal challenges.
Since 2004, the JRC has organised four FTA conferences aimed at developing communities of foresight, forecasting and technology assessment, where experts interact and help in guiding strategy, policy and decision-making to anticipate and shape future developments.
The fifth edition focus of the Future-Oriented Technology Analysis (FTA) 2014 under the headline "Engage today to shape tomorrow" aims to consolidate such international network of foresight academics and practitioners in business, civil society organisations and government, but as well to match with policy makers searching to discover innovative policy making tools.
The conference will go beyond the usual program of keynotes, papers and posters. Workshops and knowledge labs are foreseen to allow participants experience novel approaches and share their ideas, expertise and knowledge in an interactive environment.
The FTA 2014 programme will support the participants to explore the use and impacts of FTA approaches and to identify possible synergies and future developments.
The three main themes for 2014 are:
The conference is open to practitioners, researchers, and decision makers from around the world, and will feature a rich program of keynotes, papers, posters, workshops and knowledge labs. It is a unique occasion for participants from all continents to meet and mutually enrich their forward looking approaches.
More information on the JRC's work on foresight and horizon scanning.