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EFP European Policy Workshop “Policy options for surprising and emerging futures in Europe”

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

On October 26, 2011, the EFP European Policy Workshop “Policy options for surprising and emerging futures in Europe” was held, during a long day with many fruitful discussions and presentations. We are currently processing the outcomes of the different workshops into the background paper, which will be placed on this page when it is available.

For now there are several presentations and other documents available:


Conference “Challenge Social Innovation: Innovating Innovation by Research”

Friday, September 30th, 2011

During the 19th and 21st of September, the “Challenge Social Innovation” Conference took place in Vienna, co-organized by NET4SOCIETY (the Network of Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities National Contact Points) through the support of the European Commission, the Centre for Social Innovation, Vienna and the Dortmund University of Technology. The three-day event was organized as a series of 20 plenary and break-out sessions with more than 100 speakers, based on themes ranging from policy discussion and debate to FP7 networking and engagement. Speakers and discussants from all over the world included renowned researchers and practitioners in the field of social innovation.

During the last day, focused networking sessions took place that provided information on the open call for proposals FP7-SSH-2012 that was launched in summer 2011. The networking sessions were used to call attention to the objectives of the European Foresight Platform (EFP). Dissemination material on the EFP was distributed among interested participants and attention was drawn to the possibility to join the EFP as a new correspondent for the production of briefs on new foresight initiatives. Since the conference covered a broad range of topics and provided and excellent opportunity meet potential coordinators and project partners in a structured networking environment the building of a consortium based on the EFP for the current SSH call in FP7 was discussed with several participants of the conference.

COST strategic workshop on Foresight on Future Demand for Forest-based Products and Services

Friday, September 30th, 2011

There are ongoing policy deliberations regarding forests at both an EU and pan-European level, e.g. a new forestry strategy, and the Forest Europe negotiations on legally binding instruments for forests. These procedures require timely, research-based information, but also new tools to define the common targets and the European added value for forests. In order to enable the forest-based sector to maximize its potential and thereby provide a response to the grand challenges, capacities to tackle possible futures need to be built beyond the extrapolation of past trends and developments. With this aim, a COST Strategic Workshop series is carried out in between 2010 and 2011 with the two-fold goal: First, to produce futures information based on expert workshops and internet surveys and, second, to connect foresight experts and practitioners in the forest sector and other relevant fields.

On the 13th of September, the COST Strategic Workshop on the theme “Foresight on Future Demand for Forest-based Products and Services” was held in Sekocin Stary near Warsaw with the objective to give floor for foresight activities and their results, and raise awareness on foresight in and for the forest-based sector. The two sessions, during which a series of results have been presented and examples of foresight exercises with relevance to the future of the forest sector introduced, were followed by a panel discussion on foresight, which brought together the comments and perspectives from invited foresight experts. In the framework of this panel discussion, the European Foresight Platform (EFP) was presented. The discussion of the past experiences of foresight, mainly in the forest sector, which preceded the panel discussion as well as the presentation of a new COST action proposal under the theme “Improved Foresight for the Forest Sector”, provided an ideal framework to discuss the lessons learnt from the community building, mapping and other activities of the EFP.

The purpose of the panel, and the open floor discussion following it, was to provide ideas and views for the future foresight work, such as the planned COST action. The ideas and insights could be related to e.g. important topics that should be covered, suggestions for methods and approaches that would be helpful to use, views how the future foresight work can be made more relevant for policy makers, industry, and other stakeholders.

The EFP participation in this workshop was highly welcomed by the organisers of the event and provided an excellent opportunity to call attention to the lack of correspondents involved in European forest-related foresight initiatives as part of the EFP network. In this regard valuable networking took place which will hopefully translate into an active participation of participants in the network of EFP correspondents involved in the production of foresight briefs on forest-related foresight initiatives.

Second PARADISO conference

Friday, September 30th, 2011

During the 7th and 9th of September, the second edition of the PARADISO international conference, part of the “Internet and Societies: New Innovation Paths” event organised with the support of PARADISO, was held at the European Commission in Brussels. The conference was officially opened by Ms Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission and European Digital Agenda. During the conference, keynote speakers and panelists from Europe and the rest of the world shared their visions of the future of our societies and the internet. The last session of the event was used as an occasion for the PARADISO high-level expert panel, to introduce in detail a set of recommendations to the European Commission regarding research topics to be addressed in future EU-funded programmes. The conference also included on the second day the first “Dialogue on Platforms for Collective Awareness and Action”, a one-day workshop aimed at contributing to the identification of related multidisciplinary research priorities for the last Call of FP7 and for FP8.

The European Foresight Platform (EFP) was presented during an expert panel session that was based on the theme “Looking at the future of our societies”. In the framework of this session, the main tasks and analytical results that are expected toward the end of the EFP were presented to an audience of policy makers and target groups of stakeholders. The presentation also included the positioning of the EFP in the context of the upcoming European Forum on Forward Looking Activities (EFFLA) and a brief outline of the foreseen use online casinos of the EFP results for the purpose of the EFFLA.

In sum, the PARADISO conference was a good occasion to address the key questions underpinning the different activities of the EFP to a broad audience of interested stakeholders, such as the deficits in embedding foresight in decision making contexts at the national and EU-level as well as the relations between national and EU-level FLAs. The conference, which enabled the exchange of high-level expertise, was an excellent opportunity to learn from diverse experiences in the application of foresight in addressing research challenges in relation to the exploration of how might or should our societies evolve in the next decades and to derive from this analysis how can Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), and the future internet in particular, contribute to making this future better. The participation of the EFP in this conference was highly appreciated by the organizers of the event and it offered a variety of interesting information relevant to the EFP as well as several opportunities for future collaboration of the EFP with a diversity of international projects and networks, which might also benefit the production of new EFP foresight briefs.

Workshop “Foresight in public research organisations”

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Organisers: Austrian Institute of Technology, Cemagref, French Embassy in Vienna/Institut Français de Vienne

Background and aim of the workshop: In a knowledge-based society and economy it is increasingly difficult for research organisations to define forward-looking  strategies and research priorities. Research organisations are expected to  perform a leading role within the science and innovation system and help to shape our future by picking up those research themes which are able to solve the coming societal problems. Many extramural research organisations are holding a think-tank- like position or are attempting to hold such a position. The shareholders and funding institutions of research organisations in particular call for the development of strategies to support research and innovation policy. Policy makers in many other fields as health, food and agriculture, land-use management, energy, environment, etc. are also expecting from research organisations  information about possible futures to build the most appropriate public policy. Accordingly, research organisations have to consider many external factors and strategies of other actors when defining research priorities and programs for the next years.

The use of foresight processes has become popular for public research organisations in the last few years, in order to master the difficult task of defining research strategies and research priorities or building public policy. Through the involvement of different external and internal experts, foresight allows capturing the opportunities, risks and challenges these organisations are facing.

Research organisations have used different methods and organisational arrangement to integrate and translate the findings from foresight exercises into managerial actions. Methods such as scenario planning, the organisation of participatory workshops and the creation of technology roadmaps are combined, for instance, when conducting organisational foresights.

While some organisations have occassionally performed foresights, e.g. with support of consultants, some have even institutionalised the development of foresight and continuously conduct foresights.

The aim of the workshop was to discuss the experiences research organisations have gained with foresights both as a tool to support internal restructuring and as a policy instrument for external strategy finding. By the same account, the workshop was designed to illustrate good practice for conducting foresights and discuss strategies how to cope with the new challenges.

Main questions to be addressed were: 

  • What methods are particulary relevant to be combined in foresights projects?
  • What are typical strategic management questions foresight can cope with?
  • How to assure that the results of foresight projects are translated into research programs?
  • How can organisational foresight be co-ordinated with policy foresights?
  • How to incorporate external stakeholders in a foresight exercise?
  • Could foresight act as a mediation instrument between Science and Society?
  • What are policy makers expectinhg for and how to assure good transfer of foresight study results from public reseach organisations to policy makers?

Download Workshop Summary

Target audience: Directors and research managers involved in foresight, strategy making and research planning; policy makers responsible for defining research policy and governing public research organizations; members of advisory or supervisory boards.

Download Participant List


DAY 1:  7th of June 2011

10:00 Registration and Welcome

10:30 Opening of the Seminar
Matthias Weber: Introduction and Agenda Foresight in public research organisations

11:00 Session 1: Foresight in public research organisations: An instrument for their strategic planning
Torsti Loikkanen: VTT, Finland
– Lothar Behlau: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Germany
Sandrine Paillard: INRA, France

13:00 Lunch break

14:00 Session 2: Foresight as an instrument for research priorities identification
Michel Griffon: French National Research Agency, France 
Fabiana Scapolo: European Commission, European Union
Carole Moquin-Pattey: European Science Foundation, France

16.00 Session 3: World Café  „Organising Foresight“

  1. Translation of  foresight results within an organisation
  2. Translation of foresight results external to an organisation
  3. Expectation management: how to involve external stakeholders?
  4. Education and training for foresight
  5. Research needs on foresight

18:00 First impressions from Day 1
– Thierry Gaudin: President Prospective 2100

18:15 End of Day 1

19:00 Joint evening at the Heurigen
How to get there

DAY 2:  8th of June 2011

9:00 Welcome tea, coffee, snack

9:15 Summary of Session 3 (World Café)

9:45 Session 4: Foresight as an instrument for public policy building
– Leena Ilmola: IIASA, Austria
Wolfang Ritter: Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung, Bonn

11:15 Tea and coffee break

11:45 Session 5: Foresight as a mediation instrument between science and society
Mahshid Sotoudeh: Austrian Academy of Sciences/ Institute for Technology Assessment, Austria

13:00 Summary
Domenico Rossetti-Di-Valdalbero: European Commission, European Union

13:30 Farewell Lunch

14:30 End of seminar


Find some pictures of the workshop in our Gallery

Workshop "Screening of Urban Foresight activities with a time horizon of 30+ years. What can we learn for the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe 2050+"

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

2nd EFP policy workshop

The 2nd EFP policy workshop addressed this question in the context of recent forward looking activities. The EFP European Policy Workshop aims to provide support to the Joint Programming Initiative – Urban Europe (JPI-UE) in the preparation of forward looking activities which play a major role for providing substantial new insights into urban requirements and developments, developing urban scenarios and contributing to a long-term research agenda. Urban Europe therefore will start with foresight activities already in its pilot phase with a focus on a long-term time horizon of 2050 . The in-depth analysis shall cover foresights and other forward looking activities for urban regions addressing topics that are relevant for long term urban development (e.g. transport, energy, climate change, water supply and management, migration, social stratification, etc.).

The workshop was held April 28, 2011 in online casino Brussels.  For further information see also

Download background documents

EFP Policy Brief – Urban Europe National Workshop

Input and Results from the EFP Policy Workshop on “Screening Urban Foresight” (28.04.2011, Brussels) and from the Urban Europe Foresight Workshop on the Formulation of Foresight Themes (07.11.2011, Vienna)

EFP Background Paper Urban Europe

Urban Europe EFP Workshop Presentation Klaus Kubeczko

Urban Europe EFP Workshop Presentation Margit Noll

Urban Europe EFP Workshop Presentation Joe Ravetz

Urban Europe EFP Workshop Presentation Domenico Rossetti

Urban Europe EFP Workshop Presentation Matthias Weber

Workshop “Technology and Services in the Wake of Demographic Change”

Friday, March 25th, 2011

A complementary policy workshop at national level was held in Germany in cooperation with the Institute for social research and social economy (ISO), Saarbrücken. The workshop entitled “Technology and Services in the Wake of Demographic Change” took place March 30, in Berlin. The audience was comprised of scientists and practitioners from more than 80 research projects whose major focus is to develop new technologies and services supporting the elderly and other physically impaired people to live independently and safe in their own homes. This research cluster is thematically related to the Ambient Assisted Living initiative of the European Commission and funded by the Federal German Ministry for Education and Research. The policy workshop took an interactive approach for identifying future challenges the German society is confronted with related to demographic change casino spiele and identified challenges for future research dealing with these topics. A summary of the results from this workshop will be presented on this website soon.

Workshop documents:

Introductory presentation: “Erkenntnisse aus EFP-Foresight Analysen zum Thema „Active and Healthy Ageing“ (by Miriam Leis)
(this document is in German, an English translation will come soon)

Background documents:

EFP Policy Brief: Services Demographic Change

EFP European Policy Workshop on ‘Active and Healthy Ageing – a long term View’

Friday, January 21st, 2011

On Monday, 31st January 2011 in Brussels the first European Foresight Platform (EFP) European Policy Workshop will take place, focusing on “Active and healthy ageing – a long-term view” in support of the pilot European Innovation Partnership in the field of active and healthy ageing.
In the context of the leverage of the innovation chain on active and healthy ageing, the workshop will approach the central question of “how to increase the average healthy lifespan in the European Union” from three main perspectives: (1) scientific and technological; (2) social innovation and acceptability assessment (ELSI) of ideas; and (3) policymaking. Concrete policy options at European level to tackle the challenge of “Active and Healthy Ageing – with a Long-term View” are expected to result from this Policy Workshop.

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EFP policy workshops aim to cross-fertilize ideas by using ongoing forward looking activities and to provide support to policy-makers at European, national and regional levels in preparing strategic responses to these major challenges.

The workshop casino online to be held on 31st of January 2011 builds on the previous EU foresight monitoring network (EFMN) report published in 2009: “Healthy ageing and the future of public healthcare systems” available at

The workshop aims to bring together policy makers, foresight experts, representatives from the scientific and engineering community, industry representatives, as well as ethicists a

nd social scientists. The workshop is planned as a one-day event and will take place at European Commission DG Research premises in Brussels.

Download the background document and the background document updated with results from the expert workshop on “Active and Healthy Ageing”.

For more information, please contact the project coordinator: Susanne Giesecke


Susanne Giesecke: Introduction to the workshop and to the long-term view on active and healthy ageing

Miriam Leis Active and Healthy Ageing – A Long-Term View up to 2050

Maria Iglesia Gomez: European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

Domenico Rossetti: Purpose of the EU Forward Looking Activities

John Cleland: The Ageing Challenge

Beaten Kettlitz: Healthy Ageing – An Initial CIAA Reflection

Bart Schelfhout: Reflection from Philips


Documentation: EFP-Kickoff Conference

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Documentation of Conference: Foresight and Forward Looking Activities – Exploring New European Perspectives

Vienna French Cultural Institute

Venue: Währinger Straße 30, 1090 Vienna, Austria,  Date: 14/15 July, 2010
Forward looking approaches aim at building shared visions of the future European challenges and evaluating the impacts of alternative policies. Foresight combines qualitative and participatory methods with quantitative and operational methods such as Forecasting to support better long-term policies – such as those in regard to the European research and innovation policies.
Summary of major findings (EFP Consortium)


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DAY 1    14th of June 2010
10:00   Registration with Welcome Tea, Coffee and Snack
11:00   Welcome Remarks and Opening of the Conference

  • Raoul Mille, Scientific Attaché of the French Embassy in Vienna
  • Josef Fröhlich, AIT,  Head of Foresight & Policy Development Department
  • Susanne Giesecke, AIT, Project Leader of EFP

11:30   Session 1: Looking back and looking forward: Thinking, debating and shaping the future

  • Robby Berloznik, IST, Institute Society and Techno-logy, Flemish Parliament, (former member of the STRATA High Level Expert Group)
  • Riel Miller, Sciences Po & xperidox

Chair: Petra Schaper-Rinkel, AIT
13:00     Lunch Break
14:00   Session 2:  The future of foresight and related forward looking activities: Shared  visions & research agendas of the future & requirements

Chair: Susanne Giesecke, AIT
15:30     Tea and Coffee Break
15:45     Interactive session 3: Foresight Café (Concept)

  • Table A   Vicente Carabias
  • Table B   Fabiana Scapolo
  • Table C   Miriam Leis
  • Table D   Rafael Popper
  • Table E   Karl-Heinz Leitner
  • Chair: Cristiano Cagnin, JRC-IPTS

17:45 – 18:00     Summary

End of DAY 1

19:00     Joint evening at Viennese “Heuriger Mayer am Pfarrplatz” (typical traditional restaurant)

DAY 2    15th of June 2010
08:30   Welcome tea, coffee and snack
09:00   Recapitulating day 1: Results of the Foresight Café

  • Hosts of the tables

Chair: Vicente Carabias, JRC-IPTS

09:30   Session 4: Foresight and forward looking activities between local acting  and global thinking

Chair: Rafael Popper, UNIMAN

11:00     Tea and Coffee Break
11:30   Session 5:  How to anticipate the grand challenges to turn them into new opportunities: Foresight for priority-setting and identifying ways  of shaping the future

Members of the Blue Sky projects:

Chair: Matthias Weber, AIT

13:00     Feedback  & Outlook     Chair: Susanne Giesecke, AIT

13:30 –  14:30     Farewell Lunch

End of Conference

Objectives of the Sessions

Session 1:

Looking back and looking forward: Thinking, debating and shaping the future  Nearly one decade ago the STRATA High Level Expert Group (HLEG) of the European Commission worked out a framework for foresight, that was published in the report “Thinking, debating and best online casino shaping the future. “Foresight for Europe”.  We would like to use the EFP kick-off conference to look back and to look forward from the perspective of that report. What are demands on foresight to address a broad range of policy needs, from research agendas to more general agendas for the future?

Session 2:

The future of foresight and related forward looking activities: emerging issues and subjects    How could Foresight and Forward-looking Activities support the creation of shared vision about the “great societal challenges” which should drive the European and national research agendas? What are the achievements of Foresight and Forward-looking Activities in regard to the identification and in-depth analysis of grand challenges? How will the European Foresight Platform support forward looking decision making in regard to issues such as the research agenda of the future? The discussion of foresight at the meta-level will certainly help to better understand the evolution of foresight in the future (i.e. foresight on foresight).

Session 3 – Interactive:

Foresight Café “The future of foresight”  In the interactive Foresight Café event the participants explore the topic of “Foresight of Foresight”. Members of the EFP consortium will develop and choose questions that matter in regard to the future of exploring and shaping the future. These can be questions of methods (for example the use of online tools, methods for future requirements, e.g. linking quantitative and qualitative approaches) or questions of subjects (grand challenges) or other topics such as embedded foresight, horizon scanning and issues related to policy support.

Session 4:

Foresight and forward looking activities in a global context. The aim of the session is to explore new perspectives of Foresight and forward looking activities in the international context by confronting foresight experience from different continents. The focus of the discussion is the use of foresight as a resource to support policymaking on different levels especially in regard to Grand Challenges in other regions.

Session 5:

How to anticipate the grand challenges to turn them into new opportuni-ties: Foresight for priority-setting and identifying ways in shaping the future   The „Blue Sky Research on Emerging Issues Affecting European Science and Technology” aims to identify emerging issues which could have an important role in shaping the European research system in the future. Partners of some of the projects will present results, focusing on the subject how foresight (including both quantitative and qualitative analysis) can provide strategic intelligence that will serve as an input for planning the 8th Framework Program and beyond this, for anticipating the grand challenges to turn them into new opportunities.