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2017 Executive Course on Foresight and Horizon Scanning

February 8, 2017 Leave a comment

mioir_the_art_of_foresight_horizon_scanningThe ART of Foresight & Horizon Scanning: Anticipating, 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?

The Institute’s course on Foresight and Horizon Scanning has been running annually since 1999, exploring ways in which foresight may be used to help decision-makers and researchers.

Course date: 26-30 June 2017

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: 26-30 June 2017
  • Delivered by: Senior staff and invited external experts
  • Teaching: Lectures, interactive group exercises, case studies, mini-projects
  • Location: Alliance Manchester Business School
  • View our brochure for more details

Registration

Full residential fee: £2,200 per person.
Fee includes – all course materials, accommodation for five nights (pre-booked as standard from, and including, Sunday prior to the start of the course, departing Friday last day of course) and all meals. (Telephone calls, newspapers and drinks at the bar are excluded, though internet access will be available free of charge during course hours).
Non-residential fees can be negotiated on application. Applications are transferable to another individual at any time. Otherwise the cancellation charges will apply as set out below.

Application and payment:

Discount for early booking

  • Foresight Course – before 7 April 2017

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 lisa.gledhill@mbs.ac.uk

 

 

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

March 11, 2016 Leave a comment

coventry-event

The CASI project (http://www.casi2020.eu/) 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 http://www.casi2020.eu/casipedia/cases/) 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 http://www.casi2020.eu/visions-bank/).

Successful foresight course for CNR (Italy)

February 17, 2016 Leave a comment

The foresight team of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) has successfully delivered a 3-day foresight course for the National Research Council (CNR) in Italy.

The course programme consisted of 16 sessions, including eight lectures, five practical exercises and three interactive discussions:

The eight lectures focused on:

  1. Foresight Fundamentals and Methods: A comprehensive review of Foresight Methods, tools and techniques (Delivered by R. Popper)
  2. Foresight Fundamentals and Methods: Analysis of the pros and cons of each of the tools and methodologies (Delivered by R. Popper)
  3. A detailed examination of top-down vs. bottom-up foresight approaches (Delivered by R. Popper & G. Velasco)
  4. Using Interaction: Multi-Stakeholder and WI-WE Workshops – Selected case studies: VERA and iKnow projects (Delivered by R. Popper)
  5. Using Expertise: Expert Panels and Interviews (Delivered by R. Popper & G. Velasco)
  6. Roadmapping Fundamentals and Applications (Delivered by R. Popper & G. Velasco)
  7. Using the results of Foresight: From Anticipating to Recommending Futures (Delivered by R. Popper & G. Velasco)
  8. Sustaining impact: On foresight and horizon scanning platforms (Delivered by R. Popper)

The five practical exercises focused on:

  1. Process and Methodology
  2. Design and management of participatory processes
  3. Design and management of expert-based processes
  4. Roadmapping
  5. Recommendations and Impact

The three interactive discussions focused on:

  1. Mixing technocratic and democratic approaches: How could additional tools or techniques add value to the current S&T Foresight Project approach?
  2. Strengths and weaknesses of various Foresight approaches with particular reference to the Science and Technology Project approach
  3. CNR Foresight vis-à-vis global foresight approaches: How can the S&T Foresight team improve the presentation of the results of the Foresight project? How can stakeholder engagement be improved?

For further information about the CNR Foresight Project, please contact Luisa Tondelli at luisa.tondelli@cnr.it

To see the full course programme, please click here

Pre-piloting of the CASI Framework for the Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation

October 19, 2015 Leave a comment

Pre-piloting of the CASI SI Framework in Copenhagen

Ahead of the CASI national stakeholders workshops that would be taking place in 12 European countries in the second half of October, sixteen of CASI country correspondents gathered in Copenhagen (pictures below) at the end of September in order to pre-pilot the CASI Framework (CASI-F) for the assessment and management of sustainable innovation.

The workshop was led by CASI partners: Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI), Applied Research and Communications Fund (ARC Fund) and The University of Manchester (UNIMAN) who ensured a positive and stimulating working environment from the beginning until the end of the meeting.

After the introduction and presentation of the CASI Framework the participants were assigned tasks, the final outcome of which was obtaining valuable feedback directed at improving the usability of the framework.

The framework received very welcoming and constructive opinions from the CASI country correspondents, which helped us further improve the concept in time for the upcoming national stakeholders workshops.

We are now looking forward to hearing stakeholders views from the following stakeholders groups: business, governance, civil society, research and education, and will be back with more news after the workshops.

VERA project final event (January 21-22, 2015)

December 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Location / Venue: FONDATION UNIVERSITAIRE, 11 rue d’Egmont, B-1000 Brussels.

This conference will be the final event of the VERA Forward Visions on the European Research Area project. The conference is targeted at policy makers at the European level concerned with Science, Technology and Innovation Policies (STIP) and at stakeholder groups having followed and participated in VERA activities before. It is open to experts and everybody interested in the subject.

The VERA foresight process focuses on the European Research and Innovation Landscapes and Governance in 2030. It is – inspired by profoundly different future scenarios – an exercise to look for policy issues we need to prioritize today. In that sense, we are trying to build a consensus among STI stakeholders: Looking out for those issues which appeared repeatedly in the different VERA backcasting approaches with stakeholders in VERA focus groups and the VERA symposium (see pictures below!) as well as in a “policy lensing” analysis done by the VERA team.

The conference will offer these insights relevant for all STI policy makers, and it shall feed and inspire structured debates about the future of the European Research Area (ERA) and the political and societal priorities underpinning its (r)evolution.

The detailed agenda of the event will be made available in the forthcoming weeks.

Registration are available here!

Pictures from the VERA Symposium in Manchester (October 23-24, 2014)