Since January 2009 we have been developing the iKNOW Community. We have developed Web 2.0 platforms aimed to interconnect and share knowledge of people who care about science, technology and innovation (STI).
If you think you belong to one or more of the following groups, please join us and share your knowledge about emerging issues (e.g. weak signals or wild cards) shaping or shaking the future of science, technology and innovation (STI)
- Are you a policy-maker? (dealing with local, national, EC, IGOs or INGO issues)
- Are you a decision-maker? (dealing with SMEs and large corporations issues)
- Are you a researcher? (dealing with RTD or STI-related issues)
- Are you a foresight or futures research practitioner ?
For further information about the iKNOW Community, please click here.
Organising and coordinating a trilateral meeting (University of Manchester, Cyber Fox and Mindcom) and technology development workshop aimed to build a shared vision on the next steps for the successful completion of the iKNOW Community, the WI-WE Bank (wild cards and weak signals library) and the iKNOW Delphi survey.
The Czech Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences and the University of Manchester successfully completed Day Two of the iKNOW workshop in Prague. This involved: (1) Looking at the relationship between Wild Cards and Weak Signals and what issues this creates and (2) Discussing early actions and potential early reactions for the policy, research and business sectors.
At the end of the working sessions, we presented the past, ongoing and future activities of the iKNOW project. For further information, please visit the project website at: www.iknowfutures.eu
The Czech Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences and the University of Manchester organised an interactive workshop in Prague on 29th and 30th March 2010. The workshop is part of the iKNOW project’s activities aimed to discuss the impact of unexpected events on European research and development (R&D) and look at the implications this may have on future R&D priorities, innovation, growth and sustainability.
The workshop focused on surprising events (e.g. wild cards) and emerging issues (including weak signals) with four groups looking at three overlapping themes: Information and Communication Technologies, Security and Nuclear Research.
The workshop had five main objectives:
- To introduce the Wild Card approach and our Grand Challenges list
- To analyse and evaluate Wild Cards from the iKnow library
- To generate new Wild Cards which are relevant to selected themes
- To look at the relationship between Wild Cards and Weak Signals
- To explore implications for policy, research and technology development
Twenty wild card situations were discussed during the first day of the workshop.
Popper R. and Miles I. (2008) Information Society Technologies and Europe’s Objectives. Foresight-Russia, 2(1), pp. 52-59 (in Russian)
The European Union and its 25 member states, as well as many other governments around the World, are studying carefully the social dimensions of Information Society Technology and its various applications in different areas of social and economic life. Having this in mind, The FISTERA Delphi set out to determine expert views of the following issues:
- What are the main challenges that R&D needs to address in Information Society Technologies (IST)?
- What are the main impediments for developing IST applications?
- What actions should the European Union (EU) implement to achieve more effective and socially beneficial IST development and application?
- How do specific IST Application Areas (e.g. Government, Health, Education, etc.) contribute to specific EU goals (e.g. job and wealth creation, competitiveness, etc.)?
- Which IST Application Areas are liable to contribute most significantly to the success of European knowledge economies?
- What are the EU’s capabilities for generating IST applications and for industrial exploitation of IST?
- How well prepared are public and private research sectors to seize the opportunities presented by developing IST?
- Which stakeholders can contribute most to the development of specific IST Application Areas?
The FISTERA Delphi examined the period to 2010 and beyond. 2010 is the date to which the Lisbon Objectives (i.e. improvement of job & wealth creation; competitiveness; social cohesion & inclusion; and environmental quality in the European Union) are oriented, and is thus an important reference point. But the full implications of many emerging IST applications are unlikely to be fully realised until after that date, and the European Information Society will certainly continue to evolve beyond then.
The study is intended to inform discussions around the future Framework Programme (FP7). It is mainly focused on prospects for the EU25, and many of the experts consulted come from the EU15 and New Member States (NMS); but we also have some participation from experts from other countries. Where appropriate, results are disaggregated by region, so we can compare views of experts from different locations.
Click here to download the report (2.3 MB).