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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

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

 

 

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:

http://www.casi2020.eu/visions-bank/

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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

Mutual-learning sustainable innovation webinar

January 25, 2016 Leave a comment

The videos and presentations of the CASI WEBINAR are now available on the CASI portal and structured around the following sessions:

  • Session 1: Why is sustainability a key driver of innovation?
  • Session 2: State-of-the-art of sustainable innovation: lessons from a pan-European study
  • Session 3: The role of social innovation for sustainability
  • Session 4: Public engagement in sustainable innovation
  • Session 5: Public participation as a success factor for sustainability
  • Session 6: CASI-F: A framework to assess and manage sustainable innovation
  • Session 7: CASI-F in action: An application to a case of sustainable innovation

To access the Webinar sessions, please visit http://www.casi2020.eu/library/webinar/

2015 in review

December 30, 2015 Leave a comment

Despite the rather limited time devoted to new posts in 2015, it is encouraging to learn that this blog received 8000+ visits from nearly 100 countries. As a result of the growing number of visitors (3000+), in 2016 I will try to keep a much better track of recently completed work as well as ongoing research and other activities.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 8,000 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Open Advice for the European Research Area (ERA)

May 18, 2015 Leave a comment

The ERA Open Advice report and related Policy Brief come at a time when we seek a renewed momentum to support Europe’s way out of the crisis and tackle grand challenges through an improved European Research Area (ERA). They offer a great opportunity to step back and raise a critical wake-up call on the very purpose, shape and ambition of ERA. Here we have captured the essence of ERA stakeholders’ views on rethinking ERA priorities and broadening the agenda.

Three key messages and a considerable number of policy issues have emerged: First, the existing ERA priorities are of great importance and should be further pursued. Second, however, there is a concern that the definition of those priorities is too narrow and not flexible enough and thus must be re-visited. Third, and even more important, the debate has led to the identification of new ERA dimensions that have not been captured in the ERA discourse so far, but which deserve more policy attention and integration into the evolving dimensions of the European R&I landscape.

To download the report and policy brief please click on the images below or visit the VERA project website at: http://www.eravisions.eu/documents/deliverables

ERA Open Advice

ERA Open Advice

Policy Brief on ERA Open Advice

Policy Brief on ERA Open Advice