Let’s meet at the Łukasiewicz Innovatorium

May 27, 2022 Leave a comment

📣📣📣 On June 9th the second edition of the Łukasiewicz Innovatorium kicks off.

Join us in Poznań at the biggest event dedicated to research and development (R&D) sector in Poland. 🇵🇱

Build partnerships for your R&D projects, meet the best engineers and find out how to get funding for innovative technologies.

Register at https://lukasiewicz.gov.pl/en/innovatorium-en/#formularz

See you in Poznań!

Join us at the Łukasiewicz Innovatorium 2022

May 25, 2022 Leave a comment

📣 Join the #Łukasiewicz #Innovatorium – The largest R&D event in #Poland 🇵🇱 on June 9th at the Poznań Congress Centre. 

To register please go to the following webpage:
https://lukasiewicz.gov.pl/en/innovatorium-en/

✅ You will acquire business and institutional partners for R&D projects.

✅ You will find financing for technologies at an early stage of development.

✅ You will meet the best Polish scientists and engineers.

At Łukasiewicz we combine #science with #business. At the Innovatorium we are organising several thematic #matchmaking sessions which provide an excellent opportunity to build project consortia aimed to promote the highest quality #research and #technology development projects.

Best wishes for 2022

January 2, 2022 Leave a comment

The Łukasiewicz – Centre for Foresight and Internationalisation (CFI) in Poland 🇵🇱 would like to send best wishes to everyone in 2022! 👍

100K+ visitors from 169 countries and territories

October 4, 2021 Leave a comment

(1) United Kingdom, United States, Finland, Germany, Peru, Colombia, Canada, Russia, Spain, Brazil, (11) Poland, South Korea, Australia, France, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, (21) Portugal, India, Malaysia, Switzerland, Thailand, Chile, Greece, United Arab Emirates, Czech Republic, Singapore, (31) South Africa, Uruguay, Taiwan, Sweden, Turkey, New Zealand, Malta, Argentina, Philippines, Denmark, (41) Ukraine, Venezuela, Romania, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Hong Kong SAR China, Israel, Indonesia, Georgia, (51) Norway, European Union, Pakistan, Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Latvia, Costa Rica, Croatia, China, (61) Tunisia, Ecuador, Slovenia, Nigeria, Jordan, Slovakia, Vietnam, Kenya, Trinidad & Tobago, Serbia, (71) Panama, Kazakhstan, Estonia, Luxembourg, Sri Lanka, Algeria, Suriname, Morocco, Brunei, Belarus, (81) Oman, Palestinian Territories, Cyprus, Iran, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Nepal, Bolivia, Cuba, Bangladesh, Namibia, (91) Ghana, Sudan, Tanzania, Lebanon, Honduras, Qatar, Guatemala, Iraq, Kuwait, Mauritius, (101) Macedonia, Botswana, Libya, Iceland, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Paraguay, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Syria, (111) El Salvador, Barbados, Jamaica, Malawi, Nicaragua, Azerbaijan, Puerto Rico, Côte d’Ivoire, Myanmar (Burma), Moldova, (121) Bahrain, Madagascar, Isle of Man, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Congo – Kinshasa, Uzbekistan, Antigua & Barbuda, Montenegro, Senegal, (131) Armenia, Zambia, Curaçao, Benin, Uganda, Macau SAR China, Papua New Guinea, Cameroon, Fiji, Réunion, (141) Tokelau, Mongolia, American Samoa, Burkina Faso, Maldives, Guadeloupe, Lesotho, Angola, Bahamas, U.S. Virgin Islands, (151) New Caledonia, Kyrgyzstan, Belize, Monaco, Albania, Liechtenstein, Guernsey, Cayman Islands, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, (161) Gambia, Faroe Islands, Niger, Laos, Gibraltar, Sierra Leone, St. Lucia, Gabon, Guyana.

MIOIR and Futures Diamond launch new executive education course on Foresight Methods

August 18, 2021 Leave a comment

Online Course on Foresight Methods

Course overview
  • Next date: 02 – 04 November 2021, 12.00pm-4.00pm (GMT)
  • Delivered by: Dr Rafael Popper and Dr Guillermo Velasco
  • Teaching: Lectures, interactive group exercises, case studies.
  • Location: Virtual Course, Zoom.
  • View our 2021 course brochure.

We are taking a new methodology and methods-based approach to short executive courses to provide agile and rapid training on common methodologies and methods used in foresight and futures studies.

Our method-based approach will be beneficial for anyone interested in designing, implementing, coordinating, managing or evaluating (both ex-ante and ex-post) processes related to foresight projects or the application of specific foresight methods. 

The Manchester Institute of Innovation Research and Futures Diamond are launching a new set of online courses focused on foresight ‘methods’.

The course is structured around six lectures and three interactive sessions delivered in a 3-half day programme (including optional individual and group practical exercises).

Reserve Your Place

To book your place, please contact the MIOIR manager Deborah Cox.

Course Programme

Half-day 1

Tuesday, 02 November

  • Session 1: Foresight Methodology and the Foresight Diamond
  • Session 2: How are foresight methods selected?
  • Practical: Interactive group session for Q&A and practical discussions
Half-day 2

Wednesday, 03 November

  • Session 3: Cross-Impact and Critical Issues Analysis
  • Session 4: Exploratory and Normative Delphi Surveys
  • Practical: Interactive group session for Q&A and practical discussions
Half-day 3

Thursday, 04 November

  • Session 5: Scenarios, Wild Cards and Weak Signals Analysis
  • Session 6: Robust Advice Framing and Action Roadmapping
  • Practical: Interactive group session for Q&A and practical discussion

About me in 5 slides

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A selection of my 1st Triannual Highlights for 2021

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Selected knowledge transfer activities

Popper, R., Koivisto, R., Kaivo-oja, J., Ahlqvist, T. & Ravetz, J. EU-SPRI 2021 Conference Track 4 confirmed with several accepted abstracts distributed in two sessions focused on: Transforming ‘wicked-problems’ into ‘moonshot-opportunities’: the role of research and innovation in the responsible and sustainable assessment of management of ‘catastrophes’, ‘wild cards’ and related ‘weak signals’.

Popper, R., Ahlqvis, T. & Kaivo-Oja, J. Conference abstract accepted for EU-SPRI 2021 Conference “Towards a Methodological Framework for a Sustainable Intelligence System on Uncertainties (SISU)”​

Loikkanen, T., Popper, R., Koivisto, R. Conference abstract accepted for EU-SPRI 2021 Conference “Using wild cards and weak signals analysis to boost safety and resilience of complex socio-technical systems: The case of nuclear catastrophes”.​

Al Hashmi, K. & Popper, R. Conference abstract accepted for EU-SPRI 2021 Conference “The role of uncertain futures in transforming wicked-problems into moonshot-opportunities: The case of human on Mars”​.

Popper, R., Brooks, L., Cuhls, K., Popper, M., Sokolov, A. & Velasco, G. Conference abstract accepted for EU-SPRI 2021 Conference “The role of “Universal Foresight” in the assessment and management of wicked-problems into moonshot-opportunities”​.

Popper, R., Villarroel, Y., Popper, RW. & Popper, M. Conference abstract accepted for EU-SPRI 2021 Conference “Towards a taxonomy and topology of wild cards: the role of dynamic systems in the analysis of wicked-problems and future solutions”.​

Popper, R. (22 April 2021) – Moscow, Russia. Speaker on “Disruptive innovations and exponential hope for sustainable growth” at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) and Sber Discussion Club at the 2021 International Academic Conference. The event was held in a hybrid format – with speakers gathering in the studio in Moscow, and viewers watching the livestream online.

Popper, R. (20 April 2021) – Helsinki, Finland. Speaker at the ASM International Finland Chapter Webinar on Building a sustainable future. The event was held in an online format. My presentation focused on “Future-oriented Sustainability Assessment and Management”. The session was attended by over 50 people.​

Leskinen, A., Popper, R., Auterinen, I. & Holt, E. (2021) Definition of implementation qualifiers and instruments for implementation. VTT report (Deliverable 1.3) to the EU-funded SHARE project on “A roadmap for Research in Decommissioning”, Available online at https://share-h2020.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/SHARE_D1.3-Definition-Of-implementation-Qualifiers-VF.pdf

Popper, R. lecture and learning material concerning “Foresight Methodology and the Foresight Diamond” addressed to the participants of the Executive Education Course on Foresight Methods hosted by Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) of The University of Manchester in partnership with VTT. 23.2.2021​

Popper, R. lecture and learning material concerning “How are foresight methods selected?” addressed to the participants of the Executive Education Course on Foresight Methods hosted by Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) of The University of Manchester in partnership with VTT. 23.2.2021​

Popper, R. lecture and learning material concerning “Cross-Impact and Critical Issues Analysis” addressed to the participants of the Executive Education Course on Foresight Methods hosted by Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) of The University of Manchester in partnership with VTT. 24.2.2021​

Popper, R. lecture and learning material concerning “Exploratory and Normative Delphi Surveys” addressed to the participants of the Executive Education Course on Foresight Methods hosted by Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) of The University of Manchester in partnership with VTT. 24.2.2021​

Popper, R. lecture and learning material concerning “Scenarios, Wild Cards, Weak Signals Analysis” addressed to the participants of the Executive Education Course on Foresight Methods hosted by Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) of The University of Manchester in partnership with VTT. 25.2.2021​

Popper, R. lecture and learning material concerning “Robust Advice Framing and Action Roadmapping” addressed to the participants of the Executive Education Course on Foresight Methods hosted by Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) of The University of Manchester in partnership with VTT. 25.2.2021​

Popper, R. and Myllyoja, J.practical exercise using Miro on ”Designing and justifying a methodological approach in a foresight process” addressed to the participants of the Executive Education Course on Foresight Methods hosted by Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) of The University of Manchester in partnership with VTT. 23.2.2021​

Popper, R. and Myllyoja, J.practical exercise using Miro on ”Co-creating and prioritising a list of critical issues” addressed to the participants of the Executive Education Course on Foresight Methods hosted by Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) of The University of Manchester in partnership with VTT. 24.2.2021​

Popper, R. and Myllyoja, J. practical exercise using Miro on ”Scenarios and related policy advice” addressed to the participants of the Executive Education Course on Foresight Methods hosted by Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) of The University of Manchester in partnership with VTT. 25.2.2021​

Velasco, G., Popper, R., Miles, I.(2021)Foresight and STI Governance journal article on “Repositioning People In Creative Futures: A Method To Create Sound Advice With Exploratory Scenarios” accepted at Special Issue on ‘Methodology For Science Technology Innovation (STI) Governance, Foresight, and Roadmapping’

Popper, R. et al: 27.1. Completing printed version of the UAESA-VTT White Paper. Towards a Roadmap for Future UAE Deep Space Missions and the Sustainable Settlement of Humans on Mars.

Popper, R. et al: 28.1. Completing printed version (100 copies ordered) of the VTT Technology Report 379 on The Future of Forest-based Bioeconomy Areas: Strategic openings in Uruguay and the World by 2050. Report co-authored by Rafael Popper, Nina Rilla, Klaus Niemelä, Juha Oksanen, Matthias Deschryvere & Matti Virkkunen. URL: https://cris.vtt.fi/en/publications/the-future-of-forest-based-bioeconomy-areas-strategic-openings-in​

Popper, R. et al: 28.1. Speaker at virtual event to publicly launch the 1KTS4Lukasiewicz project on A single knowledge transfer strategy for institutes of the Łukasiewicz Research Network Poland. Some 70+ scientists from several RTOs attended the event.

Selected engagement and outreach activities

Popper, R. External Appointment as Member of the Advisory Board of ‘Technological Forecasting & Social Change’Journal.
URL: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/technological-forecasting-and-social-change/editorial-board/r-popper

Popper, R. (22.04) – Moscow, Russia. Panel Discussant at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) and Sber Discussion Club at the 2021 International Academic Conference. Panel discussion on “Disruptive innovations” was livestreamed online in Russian media.

Popper, R. Interviewed about “Challenges and opportunities on inhabiting Mars” by Veikkaus X magazine – To appear online in https://www.veikkaus.fi/fi/x

Popper, R. and Myllyoja, J. featured in a review article titled ‘Foresight Methods Course (Winter 2021)‘ authored by Tim Schatz and published in the Blog on science, technology and innovation policy management from Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR). https://mioirblog.wordpress.com/2021/03/03/foresight-methods-course-winter-2021/  ​

Popper, R. and Myllyoja, J. featured in a review article authored by Tim Schatz and published in the Universal Foresight Blog ‘Attending the ‘Foresight Methods’ Executive Education Course hosted by Manchester Institute of Innovation Research in Partnership with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd’:  https://www.universalforesight.com/uf-blog/posts/attending-the-foresight-methods-executive-education-course-hosted-by-manchester-institute-of-innovation-research-in-partnership-with-vtt-technical-research-centre-of-finland-ltd/  ​

Popper, R. and Myllyoja, J. Excellent feedback from the participants of the Foresight Methods Course (February 2021), attended by 22 professionals from 13 countries.

Popper, R. et al: New Customer Project 1KTS4Lukasiewicz: A single knowledge transfer strategy for institutes of the Lukasiewicz Research Network Poland.

Popper, R. Analysis of Top 20 most impactful foresight publications in the last 20 years featured in the Blog of the Foresight program at the University of Houston. See https://www.houstonforesight.org/top-20-most-impactful-foresight-publications/

Popper, R. et al: (28.1).Excellent public event for the 1KTS4Lukasiewicz project.

And the Finnish honeymoon goes on… thanks to the lovely community spirit of our neighbourhood (Henttaa, Espoo)

April 12, 2021 Leave a comment

Finland is globally known as a cold Nordic country… However, since we arrived in 2016 we have been surprised about the warmth we have experienced in the neighbourhood we chose to settle in. Whether it is luck, karma or a generalisable ‘beyond the obvious’ feature of the Finnish society, we feel blessed to have met a countless and growing number of people living in what we can only describe as a hidden “magical oasis” in the heart of Espoo (Hennttaa and its surroundings), also known as Lillhemt ❤️

Here is an unconventional description of our family in an article called “Meet the Poppers” that the local newspaper Lillhemtin Sanomat published both in English and Finnish to welcome and introduce us to the lovely community where we live!

Executive Course on SMART Foresight

March 6, 2021 Leave a comment

Course overview: 3 half days | 9 sessions | 12 Hours

  • Next date: 6-8 Jul 2021; 12.00pm-4.00pm GMT.
  • Delivered by: Dr Rafael Popper and Dr Guillermo Velasco.
  • Teaching: Lectures, practical exercises, case studies.
  • Location: Zoom (This is a virtual course).

Click here to view the course brochure

We are taking a new approach to short executive courses to provide agile and rapid training on how to design and manage the five phases of a SMART foresight and futures research process: Scoping, Mobilising, Anticipating, Recommending and Transforming.

Our SMART approach will be beneficial for anyone who tave taken the ‘Foresight in Action’ and ‘Foresight Methods’ courses, as well as newcomers. The course is primarily focused on process design and management with emphasis on how to plan and execute a fully-fledged foresight process.

Together with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd we have introduced a new set of online courses aimed at boosting foresight and futures know-how. The course is structured around 5 core lectures (approx. 90-120 minutes each) and 5 interactive sessions (approx. 60-90 minutes each) delivered in a 5-half day programme (including optional individual and group practical exercises).

Course certificate from The University of Manchester will be provided.

You may register for one half day, two half days or the full course.  Costs are shown in the brochure. To book your place, please contact the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) manager Deborah Cox.

Course programme

Half-day 1

Tuesday, 06 July 2021

  • Session 1: How to design and manage the SCOPING phase of a foresight process?
    Defining key objectives, project team, budget, time horizon and methodology.
  • Session 2: How to design and manage the MOBILISING phase of a foresight process?
    Engaging sponsors, key stakeholders and domain/methodology experts.
  • Practical: Interactive group session for Q&A and practical discussions/exercises

Half-day 2

Wednesday, 07 July 2021

  • Session 3: How to design and manage the ANTICIPATING phase of a foresight process?
    Anticipating possible futures, visions and forward-looking issues, roadmaps and models.
  • Session 4: How to design and manage the RECOMMENDING phase of a foresight process?
    Providing strategic, tactical and operational recommendations with robust advice framing.
  • Practical: Interactive group session for Q&A and practical discussions/exercises

Half-day 3

Thursday, 08 July 2021

  • Session 5: How to design and manage the TRANSFORMING phase of a foresight process
    Promoting multi-systemic transformations through sustainable impact and excellence.
  • Practical: Interactive group session for Q&A and practical discussions/exercises
  • Challenge: Group presentations with real-time evaluation à la Dragons’ Den

Foresight Methods Course (Winter 2021)

March 6, 2021 Leave a comment
MIOIR Blog

On 23-25 February 2021 the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) in partnership with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd hosted an executive education course on Foresight Methods. Some 20+ participants from 13 countries attended the sessions, which included 6 lectures and 3 practical exercises.

VTT Senior Scientist Dr. Tim Schatz wrote an opinion article in which he reflects about his experience, as well as the structure and discussions dynamics. Tim’s article has been published in both, the MIOIR Blog on science, and innovation policy management; and the Universal Foresight Blog.

UF Blog