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The European Science and Technology Observatory (ESTO) is a network of 32 organisations from 17 countries, operating under the leadership of the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, a part of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. ESTO aims at detecting, at an early stage, scientific or technological breakthroughs, trends and events of potential socio-economic importance, which may require action at a European Union decision-making level.

The General Assembly 2002 was the first meeting of ESTO under the new contract (2001-2006). It highlighted experience gained during the first ESTO contract and its greatest achievements and success factors. Particular attention was given to how the needs of EU policy-makers in science and technology can be anticipated and responded to, and how to anticipate science and technology trends in general, through the support of specific and permanent network actions.

The full text of the proceedings is available online at:

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Authors: JAUERNIG G (EDITOR), GOPA-Cartermill International, Brussels (BE);MONCADA-PATERNÒ-CASTELLO P (EDITOR), European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20275 EN (2002), pp.112. Free of charge.
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail:
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