22 Dec 2016

How can global trends be used in foresight?

On 18th November we organised a one-day workshop to pilot a foresight policy-engagement tool based on a set of global megatrends. The workshop was also used to gather the experience and good practice of foresight practitioners in engaging policy-makers and other stakeholders in long-term and systems-thinking processes. Piloting the ForKnow tool The purpose of the workshop was twofold: to pilot the policy – engagement tool based on global megatrends and to gather experience and good

19 Dec 2016

Technology and refugee integration: great potential and many challenges

How could we effectively use technology and social media in order to support the integration of refugees in the labour market? This was the main question addressed during the EU Policy Lab expert workshop on Technology and refugee integration on 13th December in Brussels. Technology is not a silver bullet to solve integration challenges and its potential is yet to be realised. The multiple tech responses to refugees' needs that emerged in the past two

18 Nov 2016

Future challenges & policy preparedness: key water management issues for the sustainable development of the Danube River Basin

The EU Policy Lab organized a workshop in partnership with colleagues working in modelling of water and marine resources, as part of the JRC scientific support to the Danube strategy. It was held at the Representation of the European Union in Budapest, Hungary, on 27-28 October 2016. The workshop addressed the challenges faced by the Danube Region from an integrated and cross-cutting perspective, taking into account the interdependencies between various policy priorities. Two sets of expertise

27 Oct 2016

Sustainable Food Systems: First workshop and project progress

After a summer reflecting on the current state of the world's food system, a major literature review and the development of a conceptual framework for analysing the future of the food system, the Policy Lab held it's first in a series of workshops under the auspices of the Sustainable Food Systems project. We invited some of the in-house researchers and scientists in the European Commission's Joint Research Centre that are currently working on various aspects

19 Oct 2016

EU Policy Lab at FOOD2030 Conference: our workshop on Food Visions

The EU Policy Lab made an appearance at the precursor to the FOOD 2030 conference that was held in Brussels from 12-13 October 2016. FOOD 2030 is an initiative launched by the DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD) to establish a single framework for research and innovation in addressing the future of Food and Nutrition Systems. Given the Policy Lab's previous work on food-related topics, as well as our current project on Food Systems, we

23 Sep 2016

Coming on 12th October: DIY workshop “Hack Your Food” within FOOD 2030 high level event

The European Commission is currently working on a coherent research and innovation policy framework for food and nutrition security. In this context, the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD) is organising the FOOD 2030 high level event, which will take place on the 12th and 13th October in Brussels. The event will explore what is needed to transform and future-proof our food systems to be sustainable, resilient, competitive, diverse, responsible and performant in their

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 system24 Aug 2016

Towards a new version of our serious game: Migration scenarios 2030

The EU Policy Lab is preparing to develop a new version of the JRC award-winning Scenario Exploration System (SES) – a serious board game – to engage with uncertain and contentious futures of migration and its implications for EU policy-making. Drawing on the success of the Sustainable Transitions edition of the game that helped stimulate numerous discussions with a range of stakeholders around future directions for sustainable EU economy, we will now proceed with the migration

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