This year’s European Foresight Monitoring Network (EFMN) correspondents’ day took place in Brussels on the 24th -25th September 2007. The network comprises European policy professionals, foresight experts and practitioners as well as analysts of science, technology and innovation related issues. For more information see the new EFMN website.
The aim of the EFMN correspondent’s day was to give the members of the largely virtual EFMN community the chance to meet one another in the flesh. The event itself strikes a good balance between presentations of interesting foresight content and the opportunity to network with like minded professionals. A number of interesting speakers on the topic of ‘Europe and Foresight’ were invited, covering the whole range from policy-makers, corporate Foresight and policy foresight practitioners. More details are given in the detailed outline of the event.
Highlights of event
- Key note speaker, Dr Karlheinz Steinmüller on corporate foresight (Z-Punkt consulting)
- Featured correspondents’: Presentations by Per Dannemand ( Risoe, Denmark) on cross national foresights based on the example of the Nordic Hydrogen Energy 2030 exercise & Jon Parke on recent experiences of foresight output in policy making processes in the UK ( DIUS, UK)
- Results of EFMN Mapping exercise 2007 partly reporting on comparing issues and innovations in FP7 to recent foresight exercises (Michael Keenan, PREST, UK)
- Results of EFMN Issue analysis 2007 on emerging issues in the knowledge economy and society (Sylvie Rijkers-Defrasne, VDI, Germany)
- Presentation by a representative of DG Research on the future of foresight in Europe
- Opinion poll on most interesting, most pressing future issue feeding into next year’s EFMN issue analysis
- Informal dinner in the evening of the 24 th September and networking opportunities with other future / foresight professionals