Posts Tagged ‘environmental technologies’

EFP Brief No. 162: Greek National Technology Foresight Programme Perceived Impacts and Success Factors

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

The brief presents findings about perceived impacts and success factors of the Greek National Technology Foresight Programme. The Greek National Technology Foresight Programme itself was described in detail in EFMN Brief No. 12. The main aim of the programme was to develop a set of key guidelines to assist the central administration in designing the national research and innovation policy, on the one hand, and the business world in its strategy planning, on the other.

EFP Brief No. 162_Greek National Technology Foresight

EFP Brief No. 102: Creative System Disruption: Towards a Research Strategy Beyond Lisbon

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Europe is currently facing the challenge of a highly dynamic and fluid policy context. It is confronted with a seemingly accelerating pace of change, both internally and externally. Internally, a culturally diverse, ageing and risk-averse population, a mix of high tech and declining industries and growing environmental and security concerns require governments to design new frameworks for re-search and innovation. Externally, this policy context is influenced by and influences the emergence of key technologies. The speed and the magnitude of their disruptive impact on the economy and society in turn depend on and are embedded in a wide range of socio-cultural factors.

This challenge calls for a substantial leap forward in thinking and mindsets, by moving from incrementally improving on business-as-usual approaches to exploring new paradigms and alternative futures. A redefinition of the “European model” is called for, capturing the minds and spirits, and bringing together the inherent collective strengths of the EU and its 27 member states. It should comprise a combination of strategic responses addressing short to medium and long-term research policy agendas. For this purpose, a Key Tech-nologies High Level Group composed of experts in 15 key technology areas, and led by a chairperson and a rapporteur, was set up by the K2 Unit of Directorate-General Research, to “assess the potential and the emerging scientific and technological research topics in fifteen specific areas, their impact on EU competitiveness and societal fabric, and the potential response of EU and its Member States”.[1]

EFMN Brief No. 102 – Creative System Disruption

EFP Brief No. 63: South African Benchmark 2020

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The overall goal of this foresight study is the identification of global technological trends, which will influence the competitiveness and future development of South African industries over the next 15 years. The study specifically focuses on innovation areas that hold the potential to reduce industrial dependency on foreign technology. Broad-based recommendations are formulated, intending to support the formulation of policies, strategies and programmes aimed at growing South Africa’s technology and innovation base.

EFMN Brief No. 63 – South African Benchmark 2020

EFP Brief No. 61: Malta’s Marine Sector 2020

Friday, May 20th, 2011

With Europe’s move towards adopting a common integrated maritime policy, a strong need was felt in 2002 for Malta to explore ways of re-assessing its maritime sector in terms of enhancing the competitiveness of its maritime industry and exploiting the marine RTD base in niche areas that could offer strategic opportunities for growth. The Marine Foresight Pilot Exercise implemented in 2003, used specific tools and adapted foresight approaches to address these concerns taking into account the particular socio-political and economic contexts  of the Maltese Islands. The foresight process and its outcomes (a vision for 2020) triggered a strategic national dialogue on the importance of the marine sector, which was instrumental in positioning the marine sector among the priority areas targeted for public research investments in the National Strategic Plan for Research and Innovation 2007-2010.

EFMN Brief No. 61 – Malta’s Marine Sector 2020

EFP Brief No. 47: Quebec S+T Development Based on Social Needs

Friday, May 6th, 2011

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 – Quebec S+T Development Based on Social Needs

EFP Brief No. 46: Canada Looking Forward S+T 21C

Friday, May 6th, 2011

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 as part of Canadian National System of Innovation.

EFMN Brief No. 46 – Canada Looking Forward S+T 21C

EFP Brief No. 42: Emerging S+T Priorities in the Triadic Regions

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The objective of this Platform Foresight project is the analysis of emerging science and technology priorities in public research policies of the European countries, the US and Japan. The aim is to provide the European Commission and the member states with policy recommendations as to become leaders in these emerging technologies.

EFMN Brief No. 42 – Emerging S+T Priorities in the Triadic Regions

EFP Brief No. 39: Turkish S+T Vision 2023

Friday, May 6th, 2011

‘Vision 2023: Strategies for Science and Technology’ is a national project aimed at providing Turkish stakeholders with a vision for the development of science and technology vision in Turkey over a period of 20 years. It involved comprises four strands: Technology Foresight, Technological Capacity, R+D Manpower and R+D Infrastructure. The Technology Foresight strand provided the backbone of the Vision 2023 project. The remaining three programmes supporting the Foresight strand by collecting data on the existing science, technology and innovation capacity, hard data on R+D manpower as well as R+D infrastructure, as well as an inventory of national technology assets and an overview of the institutional and legal framework for research prevailing at this time.

EFMN Brief No. 39 – Turkish S+T Vision 2023

EFP Brief No. 34: Sustainable Transformation of German Utilities 2025

Friday, May 6th, 2011

This project was established to explore the consequences of structural change in German utility sectors and to raise awareness of the need for coordinated action by stakeholders as well as for the development of strategies for sustainable development. A three step procedure was applied comprising socio-technical scenarios, sustainability assessment and strategies for critical innovation processes. Interactions between four utility sectors – electricity, natural gas, water and sanitation, telecommunications – were considered. Stakeholders involved in production, consumption and governance have been involved at all stages. A multi-level approach was applied to link developments at the sector level with general societal developments and the dynamics of specific fields of innovation. The project also aimed at developing a general methodology for ‘sustainability foresight’.

EFMN Brief No. 34 – Sustainable Transformation of German Utilities 2025

EFP Brief No. 18: Dynamo 2004

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

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 link it to the programmatic funding of R&D.

EFMN Brief No. 18 – Dynamo 2004