Passion spurs research

October 5, 2016 Leave a comment
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Kentaro Watanabe (left), Timo Aalto (centre) and Rafael Popper (right)

VTT’s researchers are spurred by passion for their research area, by their good working environment, and by interaction with other researchers. In addition, many just want to make the world a little better. Click here to continue reading this article in VTT Impulse Magazine

Speaker at the St.Petersburg International Innovation Forum

September 22, 2016 Leave a comment


Solutions for ideas implementation: Foresight technologies in innovation management

Round table organizer:

  • Union of Managers of North-West, Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University.

Key issues on the agenda:

  • The role of Foresight technologies in strategic planning of a company.
  • Types of Foresight technologies – which one to use?
  • Who can become the expert in Foresight technologies?
  • What is the difference between the roadmap and the regular plan of a company?


  • Raskovalov Vladislav, Candidate of Engineering Sciences, Professor of Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University, Chairman of Union of Managers of North-West; Russia.


  • Ananich Marina, advisor to the Governor of Novosibirsk region.
  • Borovkov Aleksey, Candidate of Engineering Sciences, Vice-Rector of Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University; Russia.
  • Elin Evgeny, the Deputy Minister of the Economic Development of the Russian Federation; Russia.
  • Frolova Natalya, The Executive Secretary of regional Kaliningrad Commission of Organization of Management Training for Enterprises of the National Economy of the Russian Federation; Russia.
  • Gaynutdinov Rashid, Doctor of Political Sciences, Vice-Rector of Saint Petersburg State University of Economics; Russia.
  • Gaynutdinova Lyudmila, Doctor of Political Sciences, Associate Professor, Professor of the Department of Political Sciences of The Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia; Russia.
  • Gluhov Vladimir, Doctor of Economic Sciences, professor, Vice-Rector of Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University; Russia.
  • Gorin Evgeniy, Doctor of Economic Sciences, Candidate of Physico-Mathematical Sciences, the Executive Vice-President of The Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (Employers) of St. Petersburg, Senior Research Officer of the Institute of Regional Economy of RAS; Russia.
  • Kadyrbaeva Aygul, Candidate of Economic Sciences, Director of the Institute of Continuing Professional Education GASIS; Russia.
  • Lushnikov Oleg, the Executive Director of NP “Hydraulic Power of Russia”; Russia.
  • Rafael Popper, Principal Scientist in Foresight, Organizational Dynamics & Systemic Change at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd; Finland.

Speaker at the Small Advance Economies Initiative (SAEI): The Dublin Principals’ Meeting

September 8, 2016 Leave a comment

Invited as keynote speaker on ‘From Horizon Scanning to Policy, Outcomes & Impacts’.

Horizon Scanning processes at national level and optimal design for effective policy development and investment planning.


International Representatives to attend two day meeting at Farmleigh

An international working group from six of the world’s small advanced economies (New Zealand, Singapore, Israel, Denmark, Finland and Ireland) is meeting in Dublin on September 30th and October 1st. The meeting, which is being hosted by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), is taking place at Farmleigh and will discuss the potential development of common metrics to help measure the impact of scientific research in similarly sized small countries.

Click here to learn more about SAEI meeting in Dublin.

Join and enjoy our 2016 Course on Foresight and Horizon Scanning

June 8, 2016 Leave a comment

foresight-course-2016Anticipating, Recommending and Transforming Research and Innovation Futures

The world is experiencing great uncertainties about the unfolding economic crisis and its aftershocks. Many countries, industries and public services face challenging futures where the quest for opportunities is increasingly competitive. Economic discontent has combined with existing political stresses to catch many institutions – and countries – wrong-footed. Meanwhile, globalisation, migration, environmental, political and technological trends are reshaping the rules of the game. This calls for critical reflections on existing assumptions, plans and strategies for the long-term future.

Our foresight course explores ways in which decision-makers can address uncertainties. How to produce sound and forward looking results that are useful for decision-makers?

Areas covered by the course include:

  • How can we proactively design and construct shared visions and success scenarios for societal groups and organisations?
  • What are the threats for which we should be building resilience?
  • What are the opportunities we should be taking advantage of in the future?
  • Why do we need to be systematic and strategic while planning and managing foresight and horizon scanning activities?
  • How do we act upon and evaluate the results of future-oriented work? How do you establish the optimal time horizon of an exercise?

The course is mostly delivered by Institute staff with contributions from external guest speakers, and provides an intensive and practice-orientated learning experience.

The course also offers core lectures on the rationales, processes and fundamentals of foresight and horizon scanning, as well as ways of managing, monitoring and evaluating such activities.

Course Overview
  • Next date: 27th June – 1 July 2016
  • Delivered by: Senior staff and invited external experts
  • Teaching: Lectures, interactive group exercises, case studies, mini-projects
  • Location: Manchester Business School

For further information on fees and registration please contact



UK Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Innovation & Smart Cities (March 17th, 2016)

March 11, 2016 Leave a comment


The CASI project ( is running a FREE Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Innovation and Smart Cities in Coventry on the 17th March.

The aim of the workshop is to foster dialogue with policy makers and other key stakeholders on the topic of wider societal engagement in sustainable innovation.

The workshop focuses on Smart Cities policies with structured discussions on key barriers and opportunities to stimulate wider societal engagement in sustainable innovation. Through discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of current policies and praxis we will look to identify areas of improvements or potential strategies that could be undertaken. The session will include a networking buffet lunch.

Click here to download the UK-CASI-Policy-Dialogue agenda.

Date: Thursday 17th March 2016
Time: 9:30 – 15:00
Venue: Sustainable Building Futures, Engineering & Computing Building, Coventry University, Gulson Road, Coventry, CV1 2JH
Organiser: Coventry University Enterprises Ltd. in collaboration with The University of Manchester.

If you are interested, please register on this link: Policy Dialogues Workshop

Czech Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Innovation (Prague, 10/03/2016)

March 8, 2016 Leave a comment

Date: 10.03.2016.
Duration: From 9.30am until 3pm (including lunch and coffee break).
Location: Technology Centre ASCR (Ve Struhách 1076/27, 160 00 Prague 6).
Organiser: Futures Diamond with contributions from The University of Manchester.

The main purpose of the dialogue is to:

  • Facilitate dialogue with policy-makers and other relevant stakeholders (business, NGOs, interest groups and researchers) about ways to strengthen societal engagement in sustainable innovation;
  • Explore strengths and weaknesses of current policies and praxis for societal engagement in sustainable innovation;
  • Discuss barriers to stimulate societal engagement in sustainable innovation;
  • Develop recommendations for policy-makers to be handed over to national political committees and public authorities and to be highlighted at the CASI policy conference in November 2016.

Regarding the focus of the dialogue, we have looked at how the Top 10 research and innovation agendas resulting from the mapped 500+ SI cases (we have in CASIPEDIA and available at are relevant to:

  • 22 priorities related to Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge on ‘Climate action, resource efficiency, environment and raw materials’, and
  • 27 priorities resulting from a citizens-experts-citizens (CEC) process.

We would also be discussing gaps and potential bridges between these sets of priorities, as well as their relevance to the Top 10 research-priorities voted by the Czech citizens (and inspired by their visions

Explore the CASI Visions Bank on ‘Sustainable Futures’

February 26, 2016 Leave a comment

A vision, as defined in the CASI project, is a picture or an imagination of a desirable future, which can be based upon hopes and dreams – but also upon concerns and fears in relation to problems or imagined threats, which are not desirable.

The aim of the ‘Visions Bank’ is twofold:

  • To openly share the results of a highly participatory citizens engagement process resulting in 50 visions on sustainable futures, with a time span of 30-40 years from now, developed during CASI citizen panels in the following 12 EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia and the United Kingdom.
  • To activate the vision-based track of our CASI framework for the assessment and management of sustainable innovation (CASI-F) so as to allow for a systematic mapping of critical issues (barriers, drivers, opportunities and threats) associated to SI visions, and promote a more public assessment and management of possible actions linked to such issues.

In the following link you will be able to explore the original 50 visions, add your own vision into the ‘Visions bank’ and share your views about the most critical: