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Abstract

This Practical Guide to Regional Foresight in Portugal is part of an effort sponsored by the European Commission to promote the strategic use of technology foresight in an Enlarged EU.
The Lisbon Strategy (March 2000) aims at making the European Union, by 2010, ¿the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion¿. As this highlights the importance of Science and Technology for all policy fields, the European Commission, together with national and regional actors, is developing a European Research Area (ERA). Identifying excellence, strengthening pan-European collaboration and establishing clearer and more consistent priorities for public research would also give higher visibility of European excellence in science and technology to researchers and policy makers in other parts of the world. To be successful, the European Research Area requires a coherent development of research and innovation policies developed by public authorities in close dialogue with the societal actors affected by these policies. Such strategies are based on both implicit and explicit visions of the future of science, technology and society. The ambitious goal to become the most competitive knowledge-based economy, as well as the creation of the European Research Area call for better European co-operation and co-ordination, as well as for forward looking advice to achieve the far reaching targets. Foresight can serve this purpose, as it has already been successfully used as a policy tool, mostly at national, but increasingly also at regional level. The contribution of Foresight is twofold: it provides difficult-to-acquire strategic information for decision-making, and it functions as a socio-economic mobilisation tool to raise awareness and to create consensus around promising ways to exploit the opportunities and diminish the risks associated with new S&T developments.

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Authors: NUNES R, Technical University of Lisbon, Centro de Estudos em Inovacao, Tecnologia e Politicas de Desenvolvimento, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon (PT);HEITOR M, Technical University of Lisbon, Centro de Estudos em Inovacao, Tecnologia e Politicas de Desenvolvimento, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon (PT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20478 PT (2004), 232 pp. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20478-PT-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32 2 295 8220 E-mail: research@ec.europa.eu
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-4707-9
Record Number: 200517869 / Last updated on: 2005-01-25
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: pt
Available languages: pt