With the availability of new technological means, foresight has experienced a resurge in popularity in recent years. The majority of Western countries have used foresight in one way or another to positively affect the medium to long-term future.
We see foresight - due to its participatory nature - both as a networking tool and as a policy-making tool that, if well-designed, allows to collectively gather insightful intelligence on future developments. This in turn allows to make better-informed decisions today.
We apply foresight methods predominantly in research cooperation projects. Policy and regulations to foster research cooperation are usually not well aligned between countries. An adequate foresight process involving major stakeholder groups, e.g. policy-makers, scientists, industry, or civil society, helps identifying the barriers to and catalysts of international scientific collaboration. Recommendations help decision-makers to ascertain the challenges and their possible solutions.
Some of ZSI's foresight endeavours focus(ed) on
- improving future RTDI governance and priority-setting,
- future EU-India S&T collaboration,
- ICT RTDI policy reform in South East Europe, or
- sustainable science collaboration programme between the EU and Russia.
References / Contracting authorities:
European Regional Development Fund (Regional ICT Foresight exercise for Southeast European countries)
Ansprechperson: DI Dietmar Lampert
- Bioökonomie Dialogforen
- Open Digital Science
- ERA.Net RUS Plus
- Forward Visions on the European Research Area
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- Evaluating foresight in transnational research programming
- 2nd Report of the Austrian FP9 Think Tank
- ERA Fabric Map. Second Edition
- FTA supporting effective priority setting in multi-lateral research programme cooperation: The case of EU–Russia S&T cooperation
- ERA Fabric Map. Third Edition
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