Briefs

 

 

EFP Brief No. 122: Strategic Policy Intelligence for Regional Decision-Making

The RegStrat-project explored new ways of combining foresight with other strategic policy intelligence (SPI) tools, such as technology assessment, evaluation, benchmarking and innovation auditing, to advise regional decision-makers along the whole policycycle on the best ways to apply these tools to design and implement regional research, technological development and innovation (RTDI) policies and programmes, and [...]

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EFP Brief No. 121: National Foresight Programme “Poland 2020”

The National Foresight Programme “Poland 2020” is the first national foresight exercise being carried out in Poland. It is being con-ducted in three research areas: sustainable development of Poland, information and telecommunication technologies, and security. Its main aim is to set up paths of scientific research and development capable of accelerating long-term social and economic [...]

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EFP Brief No. 120: Opportunities in Innovation for the Dutch Defence Industry

Under the influence of (inter)national technological, political and economic developments, the defence industry is increasingly intertwined with and developing towards a civil industry. Consequently, the political responsibilities, attitude and measurements are changing for both the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Economic Affairs. An analysis of the Dutch defence industry helped to determine the [...]

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EFP Brief No. 119: Evaluating Foresight – The Colombian Case

This brief introduces the evaluation framework designed by the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) for the evaluation of the Colombian Technology Foresight Programme (CTFP). An assessment of the First Cycle of CTFP (2002-2004) carried out by PREST (now MIoIR) produced the 2004 Recommendations to CTFP report (Popper and Miles, 2004) that was used to [...]

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EFP Brief No. 118: Austria’s Futures: Past Perspectives and Present Expectations

The Brief covers a foresight exercise that is unique in so far as it revisits the projections and scenarios of a historical foresight undertaken in Austria in 1983 for the challenges and changes that Austria would have to meet up to the year 2005. Not only are these sce-narios revisited but also compared to the [...]

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EFP Brief No. 117: England’s Rural Futures Project: Scenario Creation & Backcasting

Rural Futures is a study of what the English countryside might look like in 20 and 50 years time, from a social geographical perspective. Its overall purpose is to help policy makers and local communities clarify their objectives for the future and what needs to be done over the next few years to ensure that [...]

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EFP Brief No. 116: Regional Infrastructure Foresight

“Regional Infrastructure Foresight” enables municipalities, engineers and decision makers in regional sanitation systems to develop a middle- to long-term strategy for a sustainable sanitation infrastructure. Identification of uncertainties and future challenges of the regional infrastructure’s context is carried out in a participatory scenario process. A broad range of possible integrated solutions for the sanitation system [...]

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EFP Brief No. 115: SMART Perspectives of European Materials Research

Modern materials sciences take as their objective to develop and tailor materials with a desired set of properties suitable for a given application. Next to conventional approaches, predictive modelling and simulation is more and more used. This results into a rapidly increasing knowledge base, allowing for more precise experimental set-ups, more precise simulations and tailoring [...]

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EFP Brief No. 114: The Singularity Scenario

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 [...]

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EFP Brief No. 113: FAZIT – The Future of ICT in Baden-Württemberg

In FAZIT (research project for current and future-oriented information and media technology and its use in Baden-Württemberg), present and future demand and applications for innovative information, communication and media technologies are being explored. The objective is to identify key drivers for new markets and innovations in the ICT sector in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, which are important [...]

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