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The Technology Map setout in this report offers a selected vision of some of the most probable key technologies impacting on society by the year 2010. The main sources used to prepare the report were the various national Technology Foresight studies carried out in recent years. The predominant focus is therefore on emerging technological developments. However, it should be borne in mind by readers that many existing technologies will still be of critical importance ten years from now and merit the same analysis carried out in this study.

Selection of Technology Sectors:

Six Technology Sectors have been selected for this study on the basis that they are either extremely pervasive in the economic and social sphere or they are associated with the priority concern of sustainable development. The six sectors are:

-Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
-Life Sciences.
-Environmental and Clean Production Technologies.
-Materials and Related Technologies.

For each of the sectors the analysis reviewed the results of the national foresight studies to establish the fields of technology in which Europe was strong or weak. The results are represented graphically in Sector maps where a selection of important technological topics are depicted in relation to the time scale over which they are expected to impact. The topics are colour coded to represent the degree of strength or weakness revealed y the analysis and have an index of importance to economic development and quality of life or social development. From this analysis the following broad results can be established.

Additional information

Authors: CAHILL E, IPTS, Seville (ES);SCAPOLO F (EDITORS), IPTS, Seville (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19031 EN (1999) 75pp, Euro: free of charge
Availability: Available from the European Commission, DG XII Communication Unit, rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32-2-2950001 Fax:+32-2-2958220
ISBN: ISBN: Not available
Record Number: 200012949 / Last updated on: 2000-12-18
Original language: en
Available languages: en