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If you wish to use the information provided in this publication, please reference as follows:

Popper, R. (2009), Mapping Foresight: Revealing how Europe and other world regions navigate into the future, EFMN, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, European Commission, 126pp. ISBN 978-92-79-13110-3. Available at:

Mapping Foresight

Mapping Foresight (2009)

Author: Rafael Popper
Published by: European Commission
Publication date: November 2009

The “Mapping Foresight” report was part of a series of publications produced by the European Foresight Monitoring Network (EFMN, 2004-2008). EFMN was a Europe-wide network inspired and financed by the European Commission within the framework of the Foresight Knowledge Sharing Platform implemented under the Research Framework Programme (FP7).

The mapping activity was one of the main activities of the network. Over 2000 initiatives were mapped between 2004 and 2008 in Europe and other world regions, including Latin America, North America, Asia and Oceania. The report is the result of the first large international effort aimed at understanding the nature of foresight practices. Foresight has become more than just a tool to support policy or strategy development in Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI).

Foresight practice is the result of a systematic work to promote effective processes to proactively think about the future. These processes can be applied to a variety of research areas or knowledge domains, such as natural sciences, medical sciences, engineering and technology, agricultural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

Disentangling the linkages between research areas in foresight

Disentangling the linkages between research areas in foresight

Over the coming years, we expect to see further growth of the ‘foresight wave’. This basically means that the European Commission will increasingly need to advance knowledge and tools related to events and trends potentially shaping the future of science, technology and innovation in Europe. In this context, synergies between research projects like iKNOW (aimed to interconnect knowledge and communities to explore emerging issues, wild cards and weak signals) and the follow up project European Foresight Platform (EFP), integrated the EFMN and ForLearn, contributed to the Commission’s goals of consolidating the information and knowledge base on foresight and as well supporting forward looking decision making. The complexity of the issues addressed in these projects, together with the complexity of their interconnections, benefited from the type of analysis that has been carried out in this report, as well as from the next generation of mapping activities in EFP (2009-2012).

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