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Horizon Futures Watch Newsletter

Horizon Futures Watch Newsletter

The Horizon Futures Watch Newsletter series showcases the latest findings from foresight in the EU Framework Programme and the futures4europe.eu platform. It is aimed at a growing community of decision-makers, experts, practicioners and other people interested in foresight, R&I policy and european affairs promoting the wealth of thinking generated in the context of different projects financed through Horizon Europe as well as other foresight-related activities and exercises conducted by the European Commission.  


The newsletter is written by the Foresight on Demand Consortium, which provides support to the European Commission of foresight in the area of research and innovation, and is connected to the Horizon Europe Foresight Network – a network of Commission staff connecting all policy departments involved in the Horizon Europe R&I programme. 


It is part of the HE-FE project -  European R&I foresight and public engagement for Horizon Europe. 


Follow this link if you want to subscribe to the Horizon Futures Watch Newsletter and receive information about the FOD Consortium activities.

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EXTERNAL LINKS

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Horizon Futures Watch Issue 1 April.pdf

Blog

Albert Norström

Horizon Futures Watch Issue 2 July.pdf

Blog

Albert Norström

Horizon Futures Watch Issue 3 September.pdf

Blog

Albert Norström

Horizon Futures Watch Issue 4.pdf

Blog

Albert Norström

MEET THE EXPERTS

Jürgen Wengel

Jürgen Wengel

Laura Galante

Laura Galante

Valentina Malcotti

Valentina Malcotti

Giovanna Guiffrè

Giovanna Guiffrè

Emma Coroler

Emma Coroler

Hywel Jones

Hywel Jones

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An Interview with Eye of Europe's Project Coordinator
An Interview with Eye of Europe's Project Coordinator
Futures4Europe interviewed Eye of Europe’s Coordinator, Radu Gheorghiu, foresight expert at UEFISCDI, the Romanian Research & Innovation funding agency. What does the future look like for R&I in Europe? How does foresight play a role? Radu provides a glimpse into these questions and Eye of Europe’s central role in them.
Laura Galante

Laura Galante

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Horizon Futures Watch Workshop 7: Futures of Innovation and IP Regulation
Horizon Futures Watch Workshop 7: Futures of Innovation and IP Regulation
The seventh Horizon Futures Watch online dissemination workshop explored possible futures of innovation and IP regulation. The topic proved rich in discussion points, challenges, and questions related to the future.
Laura Galante

Laura Galante

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Horizon Futures Watch Workshop 6: The Futures of Big Tech in Europe
Horizon Futures Watch Workshop 6: The Futures of Big Tech in Europe
The sixth Horizon Futures Watch Dissemination Workshop explored futures of Big Tech in Europe. Contemporary societies increasingly rely on Big Tech for different functions, such as work, communication, consumption, and self-expression.
Laura Galante

Laura Galante

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Horizon Futures Watch Workshop 8: The Futures of Civic Resilience
Horizon Futures Watch Workshop 8: The Futures of Civic Resilience
The 8th Horizon Futures Watch Dissemination Workshop, which took place on 22 November 2023, served as a platform for insightful discussions centred around the topic of the future of civic resilience.
Emma Coroler

Emma Coroler

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MEGATRENDS 2050. THE CHANGING WORLD: impacts in Portugal
MEGATRENDS 2050. THE CHANGING WORLD: impacts in Portugal
At the moment, RePLAN is systematically endeavouring to - systematically, to build and strengthen competences and foresight practices at the service of the public administration public administration and the country, with a view to improving its capacity to anticipate major political, environmental environmental, technological, social and economic trends leading the world in a given direction and analysing their possible impacts. In this context, the aim of this project, by the Network of Public Administration Planning and Foresight Services (RePLAN), coordinated by PlanAPP, is to help the main national public policy players to take advantage of the opportunities that are opening up and to prepare organisations and institutions for the challenges challenges.

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Foresight towards the 2nd Strategic Plan for  Horizon Europe
Foresight towards the 2nd Strategic Plan for Horizon Europe
This foresight study aimed at supporting the development of the Strategic Plan of Horizon Europe (2025-2027), by providing early-stage strategic intelligence and sense-making that could contribute novel elements to the processes of strategic planning. The study, which was launched in mid-2021 and lasted almost two years, has been the most widely engaging foresight exercise yet aiming to support EU R&I policy. Through this broad engagement, the study did not only develop intelligence for the 2nd Strategic Plan of Horizon Europe but also contributed to the development of an EU R&I foresight community hosted by futures4europe.eu, one that is an asset for future R&I policies across Europe. The detailed description of the foresight work and the resulting outputs are available in the final report of the project.  The foresight process in support of the 2nd Strategic Plan comprised a wide spectrum of activities: As a reference point for the exploratory work, the explicit and implicit impact assumptions of the 1st Strategic Plan were identified and visualised with the help of a qualitative system analysis and modelling tool for causal loop analysis. An exploratory analysis of forward-looking sources (e.g. foresight reports, web-based horizon scanning) was conducted to identify relevant trends and signals of unexpected developments. These were discussed in online workshops and on the online platform www.futures4europe.eu. An outlook on emerging developments in the global and European context of EU R&I policy was developed drawing on a major online workshop in autumn 2021 with some 60 participants, experts and policy makers, who worked with multi-level context scenarios and specific context narratives about emerging disruptions. On that basis and in close consultation with the European Commission involving another major workshop in February 2022 which brought together 80 participants, Expert Teams were set up to develop disruptive scenarios in five areas of major interest. Each team ran several internal workshops but also involved further experts and Commission staff in their work, both through the online platform and through a final policy-oriented workshop. The foresight work within the five areas of interest resulted in deep dives on the following topics:                                               > Climate change, Research, and Innovation: Radical Options from Social Change to Geoengineering                       > Hydrogen Economy – A radical alternative                       > The EU in a Volatile New World - The challenge of global leadership                         > Global Commons                         > Transhumanist Revolutions Further areas of interest identified were explored through review papers aiming to capture major trends, developments and scenario sketches in relation to further disruptive developments:                       > Social Confrontations                         > Artificial General Intelligence: Issues and Opportunities                       > The Interpenetration of Criminal and Lawful Economic Activities                       > The Future of Health A third major workshop took place in October 2022 bringing together all the thematic strands of work and addressing possible R&I policy implications from this work. Participation in this workshop reached 250 individuals over 2 days. Building on the workshop, the online Dynamic Argumentative Delphi survey Research4Futures collected suggestions from almost 950 contributors from Europe and beyond about the implications of this foresight work for the priorities of EU R&I policy. This foresight study has been implemented through the Foresight on Demand framework contract, by a team of 40 experts. Partner organizations: Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) Institutul de Prospectiva (IP) Istituto di Studi per l’Integrazione dei Sistemi (ISINNOVA) Technopolis Group 4strat   Insight Foresight Institute (IFI) Arctik Fraunhofer ISI  About 300 additional experts contributed to the project through its numerous workshops that helped shape the scenarios and their policy implications. 

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