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Scanning for Emerging Science and Technology Issues

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 225369

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2008

  • End date

    30 June 2011

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 733 733,20

  • EU contribution

    € 628 978

Coordinated by:

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

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.

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

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 99 154

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 80 598

MINISTERIE VAN ONDERWIJS, CULTUUR EN WETENSCHAP

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 62 203

OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER

Malta

EU Contribution

€ 32 252

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 225369

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2008

  • End date

    30 June 2011

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 733 733,20

  • EU contribution

    € 628 978

Coordinated by:

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands