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The next ten years may well turn out to be the fastest changing years for Europe in its history during peacetime. Information and Communication Technologies are developing at a ferocious pace. Together with breakthroughs in Life Sciences, these technologies are transforming the way we live and the way we work, while the single currency, the enlargement of the EU, demographic changes, sustainability concerns and the wider context of globalisation are transforming our economy. Each of these "trend breaks" is in itself a challenge. The fact that they will occur simultaneously over the next ten years, and strongly interact with each other, is even more challenging for most policy areas and in particular policies relating to technology, competitiveness and employment.

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 at horizon 2010. During 1998 to 1999, "Futures" was the major 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 nearly 200 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 11 reports was published. The result is a major benchmarking and prospective analysis carried out at full European scale.

The aim of the IPTS "Futures" Conference was to discuss the major interrelated questions analysed by the project and to derive the main messages for policy makers. It brought together 630 decision-makers and experts for an in-depth reflection on the way forward for Europe into the new millennium.

Additional information

Authors: JRC-Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, 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
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19627 EN (2000) 205pp., Euro:FREE of charge
Availability: Available from JRC-IPTS, Documentation Service, World Trade Center, Isla de la Cartuja, s/n 41092 Seville (ES)
Record Number: 200012969 / Last updated on: 2000-12-18
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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