Research Policy & Development


Forward Visions on the European Research Area

The VERA project aimed to provide relevant strategic intelligence for the future governance and priority-setting of the RTDI system in Europe.

The VERA project aimed to provide relevant strategic intelligence for the governance and priority-setting of the research, technology, development, and innovation (RTDI) system in Europe, and for better adapting science, technology, and innovation policy to the shifting global environment and upcoming socio-economic challenges. For this purpose, VERA carried out an in-depth stocktaking of RTDI related forward looking activities in Europe and internationally, and a thorough review of trends and drivers of long-term change of European RTDI governance. On the base of these insights, VERA developed scenarios on the evolution of the European Research Area, assessed the critical issues for the ERAs future capabilities emerging from these scenarios, explored subsequent strategic options, and ultimately generated a set of policy recommendations for responsive and future oriented multi-level, multi-domain RTDI policy strategies.

VERA was conceptualised as a continuously progressing two-way communication process among ERA (European Research Area) actor groups from society, industry, academia and policy across domains, levels, and regions. It set up a strategic conversation between these stakeholders that evolved through several carefully tailored stages in order to jointly discover shared visions and strategic options around the ERAs future perspectives towards 2030 and far beyond. VERA explored gradual evolution following from current patterns of change, but also explicitly embraced transformative and disruptive developments with a long-term horizon.

The VERA consortium consisted of ten internationally renowned institutes from 10 EU countries involving a team of more than 20 researchers with outstanding expertise both in terms of relevant knowledge and forward looking methodology, and excellent contacts with RTDI stakeholders in Europe and the world.

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  • Ing. Bernhard Bauch
  • MMagª. Katharina Riedmann
  • M.A. Gorazd A. Weiss
  • Dr. Alexander Degelsegger-Márquez (project leader)
  • Ingmar Karner

Section: Research Policy & Development


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Tags: European Research Area, foresight

Type: Research

Program: FP7 - Social Sciences and Humanities

Project Status: Finished

Start/End: 02/2012 - 07/2014

Project Duration: 30 months