As early as 2003, Manchester Science Parks sponsored a workshop that brought together leading players in the Manchester City region to develop a vision of how universities could contribute to the then newly established ‘Knowledge Capital initiative’. This exercise succeeded in many respects. Not only a vision and the respective action plan was jointly agreed and followed, but the knowledge base was also formed for a later vision creation exercise: that of developing an Innovation System in the Manchester City Region by 2015.
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This exercise was part of an EU FP7 Blue Skies Project aimed at piloting, developing and testing in real situations a foresight methodology designed to bring together key stakeholders for the purpose of exploring longer term challenges and building a shared vision that could guide the development of the relevant European research agenda. This approach was applied to the theme of “Breakthrough technologies for the security of supply of critical minerals and metals in the EU economy”.
Within the EFONET Coordination Action, an analysis of the state of the art of energy foresight activities in the EU countries has been carried out in order to assess the transferability of the “good practices” learnt from the national foresight experiences towards energy foresight on the European level.
This study (which took place in 2004) presents four ‘socio-economic-political scenarios’ designed to stimulate, guide and inform strategic thinking about the future of one of nine English regions, namely the South West. The scenarios portray distinct pictures of the social, political and economic background against which the strategies for the South West can be reviewed and developed. They provide a consistent approach and serve as practical thinking tools. The scenarios are also intended to help organisations in the South West to assess their vulnerability to forces of change and to plan appropriate adaptation strategies.
Rural Futures is a study of what the English countryside might look like in 20 and 50 years time, from a social geographical perspective. Its overall purpose is to help policy makers and local communities clarify their objectives for the future and what needs to be done over the next few years to ensure that they are on a trajectory towards a desired and feasible scenario. The project addressees are therefore decision makers in all levels of government.
Agriculture in the UK and Europe as a whole is facing an uncertain future as the factors that have shaped it over the last 50 years are realigned in the face of changing priorities. In this context, this study explored possible future scenarios for agriculture in England and Wales through to 2050 in order to identify implications for the environment and possible policy interventions and research priorities to help promote sustainable agriculture.
In spite of the fact that regions and regional disparities have become important political issues inter-regional aspects are rarely addressed neither scientifically nor politically. The report provides an attempt to forecast economic and demographic changes within regions in England and how these changes will affect inter-regional relations. Thus, the report can also be regarded as a basis for regional planning over the next 25 years. The main goals of the report are, hence, to identify underlying forces in regional economies, describe how the relationships between regions have been changing and will change in the future, and develop a “national perspective” on England’s regions. It also explores the opportunities for policy intervention.
The objective of the UK Foresight Project entitled EEMS – ‘Exploiting the Electro-Magnetic Spectrum’ was to provide a vision for the future exploitation of the electromagnetic spectrum to ensure increased UK innovation in related areas. Technologies that ‘exploit’ the Electro-Magnetic Spectrum include lasers, X-rays and other medical technologies as well as technologies for communication, the miniaturization of complex micro-systems, sensing, imaging as well as security.
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.