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.
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EFP Brief No. 162: Greek National Technology Foresight Programme Perceived Impacts and Success FactorsTuesday, May 24th, 2011
In the context of the Lisbon strategy and the Barcelona targets, the Luxembourg government intends to increase the level of public spending n R&D from about 50M€ in 2005 to 220 M€ by 2009 and to concentrate the budget increase on a limited number of promising re-search areas on the basis of clearly stated strategic and operational objectives. The purpose of the first national foresight in Luxembourg, conducted in 2006-2007, was to inform policy-makers and provide direction for the definition of these national research priorities.
The ‘Summit for the Future’ is organized on an annual basis by The Club of Amsterdam. It brings together international Thought Leaders to discuss significant, global challenges and opportunities. In 2006 it focused on the subject of risk and the role of risk in society, innovation and global growth. Without risk taking there is no progress, no growth and no prosperity. The Summit provided an occasion to reflect upon the role of risk in enterprise and society, on how the global spectrum of risk is changing, and on the acquisition of new tools and thinking to harness risk as a force for growth in the future.
The purpose of the project was to gain insight in the future of biotechnology to support the work of COGEM, including technical and scientific risk analysis as well as the facilitation of public debate on biotechnology.
The path to the knowledge development model recommended by the EU is based on the progress of two main change parameters leading to a properly functioning knowledge society: research and innovation activities together with participation and clustering activities. Building on this framework the IN.TRACK foresight project aimed at formulating knowledge-based regional policies, ensuring the support of local actors and stakeholders through regional consensus, and raising awareness with regards to policy, industry and society as a whole.
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 Agency initiated a series of scenario workshops and processes to explore plausible future developments.
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.
‘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 products and services for the world of tomorrow. The main pillar of this program is the nature of co-operation between companies and schools. Further support comes from politics and science. Together they are strong partners for re-creating a culture of innovation.
The population structure of the German federal state of Rhineland-Pfalz (The Rhineland-Palatinate) in South-West Germany will change considerably in the coming decades. This will have impact on every sphere of private and public life. Taking account of projections for population growth in the region Futur Radar 2030 (Zukunftsradar 2030) took a closer look at these developments and the impact they could have on citizens in the region. The goal was to sensitize the public and decision-makers to this and emerging related issue and to make proposals for various actors as to how they might handle the expected change.
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 guide the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in its future funding decisions. The process which comprised several workshops involved about twenty participants from architecture, urban planning, science, technology and research, both from the public and the private sphere. It resulted in the formulation of a theme paper on the topic and a scenario where a possible future of bionic housing is described vividly.