10 Nov 2016

Tomorrow’s cities: innovative approaches to tackling social challenges

On 11th October we organised a roundtable during the JRC Annual Conference (you can read more about it in the related blog post). Nick Dunn from Lancaster University, Pieter van de Glind from ShareNL, Abbas Sbeity from Lebanese Architecture Club and Sanja Sontor from Kiron discussed future perspectives on cities with a focus on social challenges and innovative ways of tackling them. Group discussion We spoke with them about how citizens can be involved in

Lab Connections - Policy Labs in Europe for Europe15 Sep 2016

Connecting policy labs across Europe with EU policy makers

In the past few months, we have tried to create a map of policy labs across Europe. We wanted to have an idea of the number of labs and also understand what their main fields of expertise are. This has not been an easy exercise. Firstly, policy labs are very heterogeneous in terms the areas they are active in, their size, their institutional belonging, the governance level they are active on and the constituencies they

23 Aug 2016

Our serious game awarded 2016 Most Innovative Futures Work

The JRC Scenario Exploration System is now an award winning serious game! On July 23rd, 2016, at the occasion of the Association of Professional Futurists (APF) annual conference, the JRC SES won the award of the 2016 Most Innovative Futures Work delivered by the Association of Professional Futurist. This award recognises works that advance the methodology and practice of foresight and future studies   The award was also given to two other entries: Symposium on Intuition

29 Jun 2016

LAB CONNECTIONS policy labs in Europe, for Europe

Save the date! We are organising a gathering of policy labs on 17-18 October 2016 in Brussels Image credits: flickr.com/photos/gtozer   Europe is now witnessing a growing movement of Policy Labs and other public innovation teams at EU, national, regional and local levels of governance. Their experimental, creative and citizen-centred approaches are changing the ways policies are shaped and delivered, putting forward alternative solutions in a time when our institutions require more robust and adaptable

16 Jun 2016

JRC @ EDDs 2016: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030

It's been an absolute pleasure to work with the Young Leaders for the second year in a row. We can now affirm that this carefully selected, exceptional group of people does not disappoint! This year we had the opportunity to co-facilitate a brainstorming session together with them at the European Development Days (EDDs) and shape innovative solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Activity cards Following an intense day of preparation (you can read Alice's

17 May 2016

The Future of the Non-Ferrous Metals Industry – First workshop

  We are currently conducting a study on the future of the European non-ferrous metals industry, the second case study in the framework of our project on the future of industry. The project is set in the context of the broader initiative of the European Commission to increase the competitiveness of European industries by 2020. The aim of this study is to develop a long-term vision of the European non ferrous metals industry sector. The project also

6 Apr 2016

Are you aware of other Policy Labs across Europe? Let us know!

We are mapping Policy Labs active at national, regional or local levels in Europe Are you part of a Policy Lab? Do you know any similar initiatives? Please let us know by filling in this questionnaire and by sharing it within your networks. This will help us to understand how policy labs across the EU at different governance levels could become a resource to EU policymaking and implementation. { "service" : "sbkm", "popup" : false,

2 Dec 2015

2035: Paths towards a sustainable EU economy

The report "2035: Paths towards a sustainable EU economy" was published today This foresight study aimed at developing long-term visions for eco-industries (Horizon 2035), identifying relevant trends and drivers, highlighting implications for EU policies and describing realistic and desirable possible futures. A systemic approach to eco-industries was taken by defining them as a stream of business activities across and within the entire industrial bsegment of society encompassing "Green industries" (environmental industries), "Industries greening"(other industries adopting eco-innovations)

FTA conference 2014

Since 2004, the JRC organised four future-oriented technology analysis (FTA) conferences aimed at developing communities of foresight, forecasting and technology assessment, where experts interact and help in guiding strategy, policy and decision-making to anticipate and shape future developments. The fifth edition of the Future-Oriented Technology Analysis (FTA) under the headline "Engage today to shape tomorrow" aimed to consolidate such international network of foresight academics and practitioners in business, civil society organisations and government, but as