The value of adopting explicit processes to consider and manage the future, through Foresight, is now widely recognised for a number of reasons, such as:
Hence, the successful establishment of the European Research Area (ERA) will require open coordination of these visions of the future of science, technology and society, as well as the use of Foresight as a systemic instrument.
Foresight fulfils both functions as outlined below. The first one is of “enabling change” while the second one is of “providing anticipatory intelligence” to policy and actors.
The JRC-IPTS has a solid experience of leading-edge engagement in the development and practice of Foresight.