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The European Commission and Member States are called upon to recognise the novel potential of Converging Technologies (CTs) to advance the Lisbon Agenda. Wise investment in CTs stimulates science and technology research, strengthens economic competitiveness, and addresses the needs of European societies and their citizens. Preparatory action should be taken to implement CT as a thematic research priority, to develop Converging Technologies for the European Knowledge Society (CTEKS) as a specifically European approach to CTs, and to establish a CTEKS research community.
These are the major findings of the High Level Expert Group “Foresighting the New Technology Wave.” The expert group was constituted in December 2003 and submitted its report in July 2004. The 25 members of the group – chaired by Kristine Bruland and with Alfred Nordmann as rapporteur – come from a variety of countries and disciplinary backgrounds.The group met formally four times (2-4 February, 14-15 April, 6-7 May, 16-17 June 2004).The report was prepared on the basis of the group’s discussions, of individual written contributions by group members, of a scenario exercise, and of reports by four subgroups. Preliminary drafts of the final report were submitted to the group and discussed mainly at the June meeting.
The group was charged to explore in breadth the potential and the risks of CTs. It confronted a dual demand, namely
- to delineate areas of interest and fields of application for CTs, and
- to relate these CTs to the European environment and policy goals.
It met this demand by proposing a European approach to converging technologies:CTEKS:Converging Technologies for the European Knowledge Society.

Additional information

Authors: NORDMANN A, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21357EN (2004), 63 pp. Free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-NA-21357-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN 92-894-8313-X
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