Posts Tagged ‘Europe’

EULAKS Policy Workshop at London School of Economics (LSE)

September 23, 2010 Comments off
  • Chair of expert panel on Utilisation of SSH research results for public policy design – The European versus the Latin American experience.
  • Discussant of expert panel on Different dimensions of knowledge society capacity building in Latin America.

As its final event EULAKS project held a policy workshop on September 23-24, 2010 at the London School of Economics (LSE). In the framework of the workshop main results of the analytical work packages of the project were presented to policymakers and targeted groups of stakeholders. The analytical tasks include a review on trends and patterns in the Europe-Latin America co-operation in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), an analysis of the role of SSH for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy design and implementation, and an analysis of scientific communities and research networks in both regions. Upon the research results policy recommendations for future policies were discussed during the workshop with the aim to support future SSH co-operation between Europe and Latin America. The discussions were enriched by keynotes from international experts on the utilisation of SSH research results for public policy design.

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Mapping Foresight

November 5, 2009 Comments off
Mapping Foresight
Mapping Foresight (2009)

The “Mapping Foresight” report is part of a series of publications produced by the European Foresight Monitoring Network (EFMN project, 2004-2008). 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.

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Challenging Europe’s Research

September 1, 2008 Comments off
Report of the ERA Expert Group (2008)

Report of the ERA Expert Group (2008)

This report presents a rationale for a European Research Area that has a clear purpose which is meaningful to Europe’s citizens and political leaders and relevant to its key actors. While there is a pressing need to improve the effectiveness of the public research system, the ultimate justification of the resources and commitment needed to achieve this lies in increasing the value of the contribution that public and private sector research makes, and is seen to make, to Europe’s economic, social and environmental goals.

The central means to achieve this is to engage the research system in Europe’s response to a series of Grand Challenges which depend upon research but which also involve actions to ensure innovation and the development of markets and/or public service environments. Challenges may be rooted in economic, social or scientific goals but share a need to demonstrate their relevance at the European level, their feasibility in terms of Europe’s capability to engage with them, and a clear research dimension such that they gain the commitment of the research community and pull-through the necessary improvements in its efficiency and effectiveness.

Georghiou, L., Cassingena Harper, J., Cooke, P., Cozzens, S., Dearing, A., Henriques, L., Langer, J., Laredo, P., Sanz Menendez, L., Weber, M. and Popper, R. (2008), Challenging Europe’s Research: Rationales for the European Research Area (ERA). Report of the ERA Expert Group, European Commission, DG Research, EUR 23326 EN. Available at

The Handbook of Technology Foresight is Edward Elgar’s Book of the Month

April 5, 2008 Comments off
The Handbook of Technology Foresight

Foresight Handbook

In this comprehensive and critical Handbook, cross-cutting analytical chapters explore the emergence and positioning of foresight, common approaches and methods, organisational issues, and the scope for policy transfer and evaluation. Leading experts and practitioners contribute chapters analysing experiences in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the USA, Japan, China, Latin America, small European nations, Nordic countries and selected developing countries. The book concludes with consideration of the future of foresight itself.

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The Handbook of Technology Foresight was selected by Edward Elgar as the Book of the Month in April 2008. To purchase, go to:

Scenarios for RTD Cooperation with Europe (SCOPE 2015)

May 1, 2006 Comments off
SCOPE 2015: Scenarios for RTD Cooperation with Europe
SCOPE 2015

SCOPE 2015 was a European Commission funded initiative aimed at producing scenarios for research and technology development cooperation with Europe. The project had three major objectives: (1) To produce scenarios for the year 2015 focused on contextualised scientific and technological developments in selected regions of emerging economies; (2) To analyse the consequences of the scenarios for Europe and European RTD policy; and (3) To provide advice to the European Union in the field of RTD policies in relation to emerging economies.

The specific focus of the SCOPE 2015 project has been on RTDI cooperation with countries from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), Maghreb and Mashreq (MEDA), and Latin America (LA). All four regions are important strategic partners for the EU and for a variety of different reasons, including trade, investment, the protection of habitats and the global environment, international security and migration. RTDI can make important contributions to all of these policy areas.

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If you wish to use the information provided in this report, please quote as follows:

Georghiou, L., Keenan, M., Popper, R., Clar, G., Cassingena Harper, J., and Crehan, P. (2006) Scenarios for future scientific and technological developments in developing countries 2005-2015, European Commission.