Posts Tagged ‘physics’

EFP Brief No. 127: Malta’s Futures for Higher and Further Education

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

The main aim of this initiative was to promote more long-term futures and evidence-based approaches to governance, strategies, and policy development in the higher and further education in Malta under the aegis of the INTERREG IIIC FUTURREG Project. The FUTURREG Project (2005 – 2007) was designed to ensure that regional policies and regional development organisations were informed by high-quality futures tools and participatory processes with significant long-term impacts. This particular FUTURREG subproject/exercise focused on an urgent need to build up the strategic and organizational capacities of institutions in the higher and further education sector and to support them in using futures approaches and foresight tools in developing their strategies in Malta. The results of this work are being used by the Maltese National Commission for Higher Education to define a framework for futureoriented higher and further education strategies using futures approaches.

EFMN Brief No. 127_Education_in_Malta

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. 75: Russian Nanotechnology 2020

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The overall goal of the project was to develop a methodology for the NNFP or National Nanotechnology Foresight Program and to outline the global and national trends in nano-science and nanotechnology. Analytical studies were designed to feed the development of the Russian Nanotech Initiative and to provide inputs to Delphi-survey and scenario development processes.

EFMN Brief No. 75 – Russian Nanotechnology 2020

EFP Brief No. 74: Ukrainian STI 2025

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The key objective of the Ukrainian national ‘foresight-type’ program is to form priorities in STI – Science, Technology and Innovation with long-term (15-20 years) and medium-term (3-5 years) perspectives and to determine the most promising areas for R+D, which could receive state financial support. The second main goal of the program is to create a background for a permanent system of state-sponsored foresight studies in the country.

EFMN Brief No. 74 – Ukrainian STI 2025

EFP Brief No. 35: Japanese S+T Foresight 2035

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Every five years Japan conducts a large national foresight exercise to gain new information and update insights gained from previous foresight activities. One of the most important elements of these foresight exercises is a comprehensive Delphi survey involving more than 2,200 independent experts from different disciplines. The results of this whole process serve as inputs for policy-making and provide valuable information for all interested parties including stakeholders from companies and students. In the eighth Japanese national foresight exercise a wider approach was adopted. This exercise included a study on rapidly developing technologies, scenario development and a demand-oriented study.

EFP Brief No. 32: Danish Nano-science and Nano-technology for 2025

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The purpose of this Technology Foresight on nano-technology was to provide knowledge regarding the scope for nano-scientific and nano-technological developments over the next 20 years, as a basis for the development of a cohesive, long-term policy for research, education and innovation in this area. The delivery of an action plan for Danish nano-science and nano-technology containing recommendations for the next few years was the most essential task in the project. The target group consisted of the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Danish system of advisory and grant-awarding bodies for research and innovation.

EFMN Brief No. 32 – Danish Nano-science and Nano-technology for 2025

EFP Brief No. 31: Sensor Technology Foresight in Denmark – 2015

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The overall goal of this foresight on sensor technologies was to provide scenarios for future developments in sensor technology in terms of the technology itself, its application and relevant markets for the period 2000–2015. This was to provide a decision support tool to prioritise research and development and to guide the commercialisation of sensor technology in the near future. It was also intended to develop and maintain networks of expertise within the sensor technology community and to test elements of technology foresight methodology applied to a narrow technology domain.

EFMN Brief No. 31 – Sensor Technology Foresight in Denmark – 2015

EFP Brief No. 25: The Chemical Industry in Flanders – Towards 2010

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The chemical sector in Flanders-Belgium is among the largest in Europe and the petrochemical centre around the port of Antwerp is the second largest in the world. This foresight study intends to contribute to maintaining and even strengthening the competitiveness of this sector in the future. The approach was to:

  • Identify and map future scientific and technological developments in the chemical sector from a socio-economical perspective,
  • Offer companies in the chemical sector in particular their R&D managers, a window-of-opportunity through which to gain a longterm perspective on the industry and anticipate their future needs in terms of RTD capacity.

EFMN Brief No. 25 – The Chemical Industry in Flanders – Towards 2010