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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.

For further information, please visit: http://www.eulaks.eu/policyworkshop.html

For the agenda, please click here

Meeting with the Venezuelan Ambassador to Czech Republic

March 31, 2010 Comments off

Thanks to one of the Czech experts participating in the Security Group of the iKNOW workshop in the Czech Republic (Dr Vivienne Soyková), I had the opportunity to meet with the Ambassador of Venezuela in Czech Republic (H.E. Mr. Victor Julian Hernandez).

During our 90-minutes meeting, we discussed about historical linkages and cultural similarities between Venezuela and Eastern Europe (e.g. the traditional role of the family as the most important institution driving societal change). We also talked about the need to promote participatory and prospective policy-making processes in Latin America, such as the Venezuelan Technology Foresight Programme. In particular, we exchanged ideas about strategies for science, technology and innovation (STI) knowledge and know-how repatriation.

Opening of the Centre of Foresight Studies (CEP) in Mexico

March 19, 2010 Comments off

On the 19th of March 2010, the Institute of Management and Public Administration of the State of Mexico (IAPEM) opened a new Centre for Foresight Studies (CEP). The ceremony began with welcoming remarks from the President of IAPEN, Isidro Muñoz Rivera, who introduced some of the rationales and specific objectives of the Centre of Foresight Studies (CEP), for example: to undertake foresight studies in a context characterised by constant paradigm transformation; to visualise scenarios for better management and public administration practices; and to achieve desirable and possible futures through effective governance and participative policy-making.

This was followed by a few words from the Head of the National Advisory Board of the Centre, Yuri Serbolov Palos, who briefly introduced the Mexican activities and major players in foresight. Subsequently, the Director of CEP, Christian Alvarado, introduced the two international speakers: Rafael Popper (keynote on Global Foresight Practices and Trends) and Javier Medina (keynote on Foresight in Latin America).

After the keynotes, a commemorative plaque was unveiled. The English translation reads:

IAPEM
A space of reflection for good governance

On the Nineteenth of March of 2010 was the inauguration of the
CENTRE FOR FORESIGHT STUDIES
With the presence of the distinguished foresighters:
Rafael Popper
University of Manchester, England
Javier Medina
Universidad del Valle, Colombia

Toluca
, State of Mexico

 

Opening of the Foresight Studies Centre (CEP, Toluca, Mexico)

Opening of the Foresight Studies Centre (CEP, State of Mexico, Mexico)

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.

Click here to read more.

Comparing foresight ‘‘style’’ in six world regions

November 11, 2008 Comments off
Highly Commended Paper Award

2009 Awards for Excellence

Authors  – Michael Keenan and Rafael Popper

Purpose – The paper sets out to explore the nature and degree of variation in foresight ‘‘style’’ across six world regions. The underlying hypothesis is that differences in regional context – in terms of political, socio-economic, and cultural conditions – will affect foresight ‘‘style’’. At the same time, a secondary hypothesis acknowledges that policy tool transfer and international learning might soften the influence of contextual conditions.

Design/methodology/approach – Using the data collected for more than 800 foresight exercises in six world regions, the paper considers eight different dimensions of foresight ‘‘style’’, including domain coverage, time horizon, target groups, and methods used. It interprets regional differences (and similarities) with reference to dominant political and economic traditions in each region. In so doing, it tests the hypothesis that foresight ‘‘style’’ is influenced by regional context.

 
Keenan & Popper - Comparing Foresight Styles

Keenan & Popper - Comparing Foresight Styles

Findings – The analysis suggests that some foresight ‘‘style’’ dimensions vary between regions more than others. For example, there is marked variation in the domain areas covered by foresight across the world, while some regions appear to prefer particular methods over others. Time horizons also vary. For other dimensions, such as participation levels and the identity of target groups, there is a good deal of similarity. Thus, some dimensions of ‘‘style’’, at least at the aggregate level, seem to be more influenced by regional context than others.

Originality/value – The paper is unique in being the first publication to survey such a large sample of foresight activity across a wide part of the globe.

Keywords – Politics, Political science, Delphi method, Democracy, Governance, International organizations

Type – Research paper

If you wish to receive an electronic copy of this paper, please contact me at rafael.popper@manchester.ac.uk or rafael_popper@yahoo.com

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.

To read more, please click here.

The Handbook of Technology Foresight was selected by Edward Elgar as the Book of the Month in April 2008. To purchase, go to: http://www.e-elgar.co.uk/Bookentry_Main.lasso?id=3977

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.

To download the SCOPE report, please click here.

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.