Scenario Exploration for the Circular Ocean project

On Sunday July 16 and Monday July 17, 2017, the EU Policy Lab joined the partners of the Circular Ocean project in Reykjavic to prepare and run a scenario exploration session on the issue of reusing and recycling waste fishing nets and ropes. The Circular Ocean project An estimated 640,000 tonnes of fishing nets are left in the oceans around the globe every year. It might seem like a small fraction of the 8-12 million

18 May 2017

Scenario Exploration System China edition 1.0

On May 16, 2017, the Scenario Exploration System (SES) was at the core of the "EU-China Collaboration and Foresight Workshop: the future of innovation in China and what it means for EU-China collaboration". This workshop was organised by the DRAGON-Star Plus project. The main objectives of the project are to support the European and Chinese research communities to establish collaborations under Horizon 2020 (the European Commission programme for research & innovation) and beyond and to

3 May 2017

Helping local communities chart a path towards their own greener future

The Climate Mitigation Fund 2.0 On March 14, the Climate KIC invited us to run a scenario exploration session in Bologna, Italy, in the frame of the project "Climate Mitigation Fund 2.0" (CMF 2.0). This project is supporting various cities in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The city of Bologna has adopted a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) to reduce CO2 emissions, as required by the Covenant of Mayors. However, its lack of

26 Apr 2017

Adapting the Scenario Exploration System to propose solutions to community issues

After two years since its birth, the Scenario Exploration System is expanding its range of uses and is showing its adaptability. The Circular Ocean project On March 29, the Circular Ocean project invited us to a project consortium meeting held under the auspices of Macroom E, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Cork County Council, Ireland. This EU funded project is pursuing innovative and sustainable solutions for marine plastic waste, seeking to inspire enterprises and

20 Sep 2016

JRC Scenario Exploration System videos: how it works

The JRC SES continues to trigger the interest of a wide range of people. We received many requests to access the game from different organisation but also we were asked to explain in a more visual and concrete way how a session works. That is why we collected the video material we had from previous sessions and created 2 short videos. You can look at one of them below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwwrnpzYLnE Latest game sessions A few

Scenario exploration system15 Jul 2016

Sustainable Lifestyles 2.0

On July 12, 2016, Gemma Adams and Corina Angheloiu from Forum for the Future joined Simon Pickard, Ludwig Roger and Marco Matrisciano, from ABIS - The Academy of Business in Society – for a session to discover the JRC Scenario Exploration System (SES).This session was held at the EU Policy Lab in Brussels. All our visitors are part of the EU-InnovatE project, partly funded by Horizon 2020 (the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation).

Future of Industries - Non ferrous metals12 Jul 2016

A vision for the non-ferrous metals industry in 2050

On 20th and 21st June, we held our first workshop on the future of the non-ferrous metals (NFM) industry in Europe. This is the second case study of the Future of Industry project that we are currently running for the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). The purpose of this workshop, the first of two, was to identify and understand the key drivers of change for the European non-ferrous metals

7 Jun 2016

Latest news on the JRC SES

Over the last two weeks, a number of developments related to the JRC Scenario Exploration System (SES) took place, both with people attending SES sessions and with requests for follow up. SES nominated in the 2016 Most Significant Future Works award This year, the SES was nominated as a contender in the 2016 Most Significant Futures Works award for works completed from 2013 to 2015. This award is delivered by the international Association of Professional

17 May 2016

Introducing the SES at the Adaptation Futures 2016 conference

  Last week, I attended the Adaptation Future 2016 conference in Rotterdam. It was the 4th edition of this global conference sponsored by the European Commission and the Dutch Presidency of the EU. The conference gathered around 1600 people from more than 100 Countries and there were 160 sessions over three days (10-13 May). On May 11th, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands gave a plenary speech calling for breaking down the barriers blocking access to finance

15 Oct 2015

Serious game: The JRC Scenario Exploration System

    A serious game consists in the application of entertaining, enjoyable techniques to achieve a serious, professional purpose. Serious games can be very powerful to get over psychological resistances, either to learning or to engaging with specific people or groups. During the past months we developed and tested our first serious game, the 'Scenario Exploration System' (SES), as an experimental instrument in order to better engage our stakeholders with the result of a foresight