Briefs

    • 04.05.2011 Author : Jane Jackson

      The objective of the UK Cognitive Systems Project was to produce a vision for the future development of cognitive systems through an exploration of recent advances in neuroscience, computer science and related fields, and their potential for future interaction. EFMN Brief No. 22 – Cognitive Systems 2020

    • Author : Matthias Weber

      As part of the Federal Austrian Research Programme “Factory of Tomorrow”, the project “Transition to Sustainable Production Systems” served to explore possible future pathways in selected areas of sustainable production. Based on the development of future scenarios for the areas of ‘bio-refineries’ and ‘wood-plastic-composites/biopolymers’, strategic options for research, industry and ‘policy were explored. A particular

    • 03.05.2011 Author : Michael W. Chinworth

      The U.S. Department of Energy or DOE began sponsoring the development of a national hydrogen energy roadmap process in March 2002. Since its initial workshop, the DOE has released three separate but related reports outlining a strategy to assist the US in a transition from a petroleum based economy to one relying on hydrogen as

    • Author : Liana Giorgi

      This brief reports on the experiences made in the ‘Foresight for Transport’ project. The project was undertaken to test the applicability of the foresight method for visioning transport and mobility futures and specifying impact pathways. Special attention was placed on the impact of external developments on transport and mobility. The implementation of the study entailed

    • Author : Maurits Butter

      The Dynamic monitoring project of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs was a pilot project to gain experience with dynamic and monitoring of future development for business inspiration and policy orientation. It was part of a systematic approach to identify and focus strategic research areas for innovation in the Netherlands for the next decade and

    • Author : Susanne Giesecke

      This issue brief reflects one of three topics the German research dialogue ‘Futur’ dealt with during its second phase between 2003 and 2005. The topic ‘Bionic Building’ was selected by the Ministry of Education and Research following a participatory process of topic generation. It aimed to define future research needs and possible research priorities to

    • Author : Kieran Moylan

      The purpose of the Regional Foresight exercise was to mobilise key players in the Border, Midland and Western Region of Ireland in order to develop investment priorities for the region based on long-term challenges and opportunities, expert input and inter-organisational collaboration that would position the region for development with a 20 year time horizon. EFMN

    • Author : Rafael Popper

      The main objectives of the Brazilian Technology Foresight Programme or BTFP are to increase the competitiveness of economic stakeholders in specific industry sectors and to provide relevant information to public sector actors involved in the formulation of technology policy. The first phase of the BTFP focused on production chains in four key industry sectors –

    • Author : Luke Georghiou

      The goal was to engage high profile regional decision-makers in developing a shared vision of the future of business-university linkages in the city region of Manchester. The aim was to link the strategies of the universities in the area with the City’s own self-vision of its future as a ‘Knowledge Capital’. The shared vision would

    • Author : Kristian Borch

      The purpose has been to thoroughly examine those environmental challenges which agriculture will face in the future – and make policy recommendations on the efforts required to develop and promote technological and structural solutions that can minimize the environmental impact of agricultural production on the surroundings, improve animal welfare and provide new methods and products