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Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) on R&I Foresight

Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) on R&I Foresight

The purpose of the MLE is to facilitate the exchange of information, experiences and lessons learnt in the practice of R&I foresight across EU and Associated Countries, and to contribute to the development of an impactful R&I foresight community as an important element of ERA. It promotes improvements in R&I foresight across participating countries through identification and propagation of good practices in institutionalising foresight capability, in carrying out foresight projects and in using foresight for R&I policy purposes.


The MLE also strengthens the European foresight community in R&I policy and the capacity of MS and AC to engage in foresight and R&I policy planning and to co-create future EU Research Framework Programmes.


This MLE constitutes an opportunity to take stock of current or planned policies and good practices at Member State level and beyond and to share experience among policy-makers and national authorities on the use of foresight in the R&I domain as well as the potential of science and research to provide foresight for other policies.

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Institutionalising foresight capability&creating foresight communities in the R&I system.p

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Albert Norström

MLE_R&I Foresight_topics and scheduled meetings.pdf

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MLE_R&I Foresight-An Introduction to the Current State of Play.pdf

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