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Scanning for Emerging Science and Technology Issues

Objective

Today’s societal developments are often influenced by improbable events with high impact. Recent examples are the “cartoon quarrel” and developments impacting energy security. These events are preceded by “weak signals” which are only partially discussed in policy, if at all, and rarely acted upon. The increasing complexity and uncertainty is reflected in the growing demand for tools for anticipatory intelligence, such as scenario analyses, Delphis and modelling and simulation tools. Several countries, Finland, UK and the Netherlands, have initiated horizon scanning projects to identify disruptive events that are not on the RADAR of policy yet. The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the development of an effective system for the early identification of weak signals of emerging issues. For that a weak signals pool, integrating several scanning tools in a wiki to collect and disseminate the information, will be set-up. Additional to its European focus, potential links with national actors and platforms are planned, making use of existing networks such as ForSociety (several of the project members are ForSociety members), to feed the project outputs into European and national policy processes. Beneath this overriding goal is the desire to initiate momentum at national and European level to pro-actively address emerging issues. Next to its practical goals, this project also aims at developing and improving new tools and methods for weak signals of emerging issues to improve detection and the operationalisation of methods using a case oriented approach to contribute to the overall Bluesky call issues. To exploit resources most effectively, this project builds on existing structures and competencies in foresight and horizon scanning in place at national level (above examples), and intends to add value by by improving existing resources, providing new strategic information and creating synergies exploiting complementarities between initiatives.

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 238 814
Administrative Contact
Elly Van Den Akker-Blaazer (Ms.)

Participants (5)

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 115 957
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)
AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 99 154
Address
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Karin Bichler (Ms.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 80 598
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Vincenzo Cardarelli (Mr.)
MINISTERIE VAN ONDERWIJS, CULTUUR EN WETENSCHAP
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 62 203
Address
Rijnstraat 50
2500 BJ Den Haag
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Victor Van Rij (Mr.)
OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
Malta
EU contribution
€ 32 252
Address
St Paul Street
KKR 1320 Kalkara
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jennifer Cassingena Harper (Dr.)