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The IPTS "Futures" Project was launched in mid-1998 exactly to examine the individual and combined effects of these technological, economic, political and social drivers. Especially, "Futures" set out to find out what they mean for technology, competitiveness and employment. Over the past 18 months, "Futures" has been the major horizontal activity of the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (one of the eight institutes of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre). In the process IPTS brought together more than 150 experts and policy makers, drawn from industry, academia and government to take part in a series of brainstorming sessions, seminars and workshops. A series of 12 reports have been published or are in the pipeline. The result is a major benchmarking and prospective analysis carried out at full European scale.

In the following "synthesis report" we bring together the central themes and some of the -key messages that have emerged as the work on the Futures Project has been carried out. First, the report starts with the technological dynamo that is carrying forward innovation and change with an unprecedented momentum.

The second main theme of the report concerns the position of Europe in the Global knowledge Society. This theme concerns the position of Europe in relation to globalisation, competitiveness and know-how.

he final main theme concerns the way that European Society is driving change. It details the challenges of the simultaneous ageing of society and the mergence of "Mosaic Living". In particular, w look at the major challenges that Europe will have to confront in adapting its social systems to "the shock of the new" as well as to the long-term trends towards ageing described in the report.

Additional information

Authors: CADIOU J ET AL, IPTS, Seville (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19038 EN (1999), 54pp, 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
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