Briefs

    • 10.05.2011 Author : Rene Mittringer

      In 2004 tourism in Austria contributed 6.4 % of the nations GDP equivalent to €15.26B. This number however fails to capture the complexity of this economic sector. Just as for any sector a strategic plan is needed to focus efforts on the needs, risks and opportunities for the future. For these reasons the Austrian Tourist

    • Author : Kerstin Cuhls

      The Millennium Project organizes futures research to improve thinking about the future and make that thinking available through a variety of media for consideration by policy-makers and for use in advanced training and public education. The goal is to accumulate wisdom about possible futures. High profile results of the project include the elaboration of Millennium

    • 06.05.2011 Author : Arturs Puga

      Knowledge Society Foresight Euforia was a developmental project aimed at identifying and understanding issues and developments of ‘knowledge society’ (KS) at the level of EU15 as a whole, and it also exercised the emergence of a KS in three countries representing different paths: Finland, Germany and Greece. Outputs should be applied to assess implications of

    • Author : Hugo Thenint

      The 2029 Project: Achieving an Ethical Future for Biomedical R+D launched by the IAF – Institute for Alternative Futures develops forecasts on the greatest advances that will come about through biomedical R+D in the next few decades. Short, medium and longterm developments in biomedical R+D are anticipated along with related social and cultural trends. The

    • Author : Werner Reutter

      Our public, private and professional lives will become interrelated and dependent on technology. This will lead to a ‘networked world’ in which separate technologies will be systematically interconnected and adjusted to specific and individual needs. The Lead Vision of the German Futur initiative ‘Living in a networked world: individually and securely’ is based on an

    • Author : Alain Bergeron

      The STS Perspectives project is a foresight study examining Science-Technology-Society issues, designed to mobilize Quebec’s scientific and technological resources in order to address important socio-economic challenges that Quebec society will face over the course of the next 15 to 20 years. This project started in 2003 and is still ongoing. EFMN Brief No. 47 –

    • Author : Diane A. Isabelle

      The NRC or National Research Council of Canada undertook a foresight exercise with a time horizon of 2020 to initiate planning for its strategic and organizational renewal. The exercise provided a global perspective and critical insights on the future and impact of S+T in Canada, and on opportunities for the NRC to address national challenges

    • Author : Sami Mahroum

      UNIDO is implementing a global initiative on Technology Foresight. This draws upon regional initiatives and aims at building the capability to use Technology Foresight as a practical tool for designing policies and strategies to exploit critical and emerging technologies for the benefit of developing countries and economies in transition. EFMN Brief No. 45 – UNIDO

    • Author : Simon Forge

      This brief is about a study on the Future Mobile Markets & Services that employed a Foresight approach. The role of the study was to provide a robust and realistic understanding of future demand for radio spectrum for mobile services up to 2020. The first challenge was to create an estimate based on sound socio-economic

    • Author : Agnes Pechmann

      ‘Jugend denkt Zukunft’ was setup to make this vision come true and translated directly into English it means ‘young people are thinking about their future’. This single issue foresight exercise is designed to involve young adults in the process of economic development. Together with companies, students between the age of 15 and 18 develop new