Posts Tagged ‘medicine’

EFP Brief No. 157: Roadmap Robotics for Healthcare

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

The main aim of this study was to provide key research policy recommendations for the application of robotics in healthcare in the research programmes of the EC. The study also aimed at raising awareness about important new developments in this field among a wider audience. To this extent, a roadmap of promising applications of robotics in healthcare and associated R&D was developed, taking into account the state of the art as well as short and long-term future possibilities with a time horizon ending in 2025.

EFMN Brief No. 157_Robotics for Healthcare

EFP Brief No. 155: A Roadmap for the Commercial Development of Medicinal Plants of the Andean Region of South America

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

The main objective of the project was to establish a future vision (2020) and define the best means for the production, commercialization and innovation of products on the basis of medicinal plants of the Andean region of South America that would contribute to its social and economic development.

EFMN Brief No. 155_Andean Medicinal Plants

EFP Brief No. 152: Combining ICT and Cognitive Science: Opportunities and Risks

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Many experts think that the technological convergence of previously separated sciences like nanotechnology, biotechnology, information and communication technologies and cognitive sciences will have a deep, long-term impact on society and economy. Key actors in society need to become aware of the challenges linked to converging applications (CA) and take decisions in support of developing them. By analysing CA-related opportunities and risks at a very early stage, we hope to contribute to reducing possible adverse effects in the future.

EFMN Brief No. 152_ICT and Cognitive Science

EFP Brief No. 128: Third Czech National Research Programme (2009-2014)

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

A national foresight exercise aimed at identifying research priorities for the Czech National Research Programme III, through which about 20 % of public R&D funds are to be allocated from 2009 to 2014.

EFMN Brief No. 128_Third Czech National Research Programme

EFP Brief No. 114: The Singularity Scenario

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Although the term ‘Singularity’ or ‘Technological singularity’ has already infatuated both the scientific and the science fiction com-munity alike throughout the 20th century, there is reason enough to report about the ongoing activities in this area. So far it is possible to distinguish between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related issues and the prospective fusion of emerging technologies such as nano-, bio-, information and cognitive technologies (NBIC) – also referred to as converging technologies. It is assumed that there will be an immense technological and consequently economic shift once those technologies surpass the boundaries of human intelligence in the 21st century.

EFMN Brief No. 114 – Singularity

EFP Brief No. 99: Luxembourg First National Technology Foresight

Friday, May 20th, 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.

EFMN Brief No. 99 – Luxemburg

EFP Brief No. 98: Technology and Innovation in Flanders

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Knowledge and innovation are the key factors in ensuring Flanders’ future prosperity and welfare. The government, companies and knowledge institutions must join forces to create focus and critical mass in strategic areas that strengthen Flanders’ competitive position and offer potentially substantial social benefits. Foresight studies are an excellent means of linking science and technology with innovation in industry and society while at the same time creating a decision-supporting framework for regional innovation policy and its relationship with regional economic developments.

EFMN Brief No. 98 – Technology and Innovation in Flanders

EFP Brief No. 88: Summit for the Future 2006

Friday, May 20th, 2011

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.

EFMN Brief No. 88 – Summit for the Future 2006

EFP Brief No. 85: Linz 21

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The “Linz 21” project was an ambitious attempt to describe future development paths for the Austrian city of Linz. Its purpose was to enable active design of the city’s future in the 21st century, cognizant of the manifold challenges the municipality now faces. The process was designed for public participation. Several exploratory scenarios were developed in the period from 2002 to 2004. Those scenarios depicted the effects of various action alternatives and supported active and successful strategy development.

EFMN Brief No. 85 – Linz 21

EFP Brief No. 84: Preventative Healthcare Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The German federal state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania plans to increase its competitive capabilities. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania aligned its research activities in a case study using a regional foresight approach. Considering possible futures is the first step toward influencing today’s decision. This is effective through the means of a regional foresight process where the actors are encouraged to build networks and alliances. Accordingly, this foresight served as a means for building competency in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania related to healthcare.

EFMN Brief No. 84 – Preventative Healthcare