Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS


In Lisbon, March 2000, the Member States defined the "Lisbon Strategy" with the aim to make the European Union "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". The creation of a European Research Area (ERA) is an essential dimension of this ambitious strategy. This is because scientific research and technological development have become key to economic competitiveness, as well as to address major societal (health, safety,...) or environmental problems.
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 the impacts of these policies. Such strategies are based on implicit or explicit visions of the future of science, technology and society.
"Foresight" designates methods aiming at developing shared visions through structured discussion and reflection by means of prospective analysis of scientific and technological developments in a societal context. Therefore, the European Commission promotes more systematic co-operation in and development of S&T Foresight. The "Science and Technology Foresight" unit, set up in January 2001 in DG Research, European Commission, promotes cooperation activities in this area. It is part of DG Research's Directorate K ("Social sciences and humanities; foresight").
This brochure deals with the following questions:
1. What is Foresight?
2. How is Foresight currently organised in Europe?
3. How can Foresight be further developed?
4. What activities does DG Research's "Science and Technology Foresight" unit undertake?
5. How to get more information?

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Record Number: 6750 / Last updated on: 2005-02-15
Category: POLI