7 Feb 2018

Ian Goldin inaugurates the JRC Megatrends Series

By Sara Giovannini and Fabiana Scapolo On January 29th the JRC hosted the first event in the framework of the JRC Megatrends Series. Through a series of lectures, we aim at improving the understanding of Megatrends - long-term driving forces that are observable now and might have significant influence on the future, and their interactions. The EU Policy Lab has been intensively working on Megatrends in the framework of its foresight activities. Over the last

15 Jan 2018

Discussing the future of government with a group of Polish citizens

As a part of dialogue on today’s and future needs of the governments and on the alternative forms of government (Future of government 2030+ project), the EU Policy Lab – in collaboration with Policy labs from 6 different countries, is organising workshops with citizens to understand their needs and relationship with the government today and in the future. The first citizen workshop took place on December 10th, in Warsaw (Poland). It was run by Engage

8 Dec 2017

Supporting Creative Hubs’ activities in the field of youth employment and youth entrepreneurship

This year, in the framework of our Lab Connections project, we have been cooperating with the British Council with the objective of supporting Creative Hubs' activities in the field of youth employment and youth entrepreneurship. The problem of youth unemployment is very important for the European Commission. Following a request coming from the European Commission Directorate General for Education and Culture, we thought we could help the Hubs in exploring and perhaps redefine their role in

6 Nov 2017

New H2020 Call on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies for SMEs

The project #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations, currently coordinated by the Joint Research Centre’s EU Policy Lab in cooperation with DG GROW, is fully supporting the exploration of the opportunities and challenges for the development and uptake of Blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) within EU industrial and business contexts, with key focus on the innovation and competitiveness capacity of SMEs. Within its scope, the European Commission has just published a new Call ‘Blockchain

29 Sep 2017

New JRC project on social biking

The Social Biking project (S-b) wants to motivate European citizens to be more physically active and use more environmentally sustainable forms of transport. It is an internet based intervention project, coordinated by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, designed to collect primary data related to biking and social networks and identify the most efficient social-based incentives for physical activity. The project is based on a tracking app for bikers, the BikePrints app, available in Google Play

21 Jul 2017

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

eCitizen charter - MediaLab Prado19 Jul 2017

Citizen engagement, a design challenge?

On the 1st of July I witnessed a conversation that re-enacted and summarized very well many contemporary online and offline debates and rants on participatory democracy and citizen engagement. It happened in the context of a very well organised workshop designed and run by Saya Sauliere with Rebeca Díez Escudero, hosted by the EU Policy Lab at MediaLab Prado in Madrid. The workshop was one of the three activities (report here) that Saya and Rebeca

28 Jun 2017

Mobility is a serious game!

On the 22nd of June we attended the workshop "Mobility is a serious game", a one day event organised by Colruyt Group which brought about 100 people together to discuss the future of mobility. On this occasion, the organisers presented "Mobility is a serious game", an adaptation of our Scenario Exploration System tool. Following early interest in the Scenario Exploration System (SES) by the Colruyt Group, Prof. Cathy Macharis, head of the MOBI research group at

20 Jun 2017

Towards the creation of a multi-level third space for systemic urban research and innovation

On 4th and 5th April we co-organised a lab session with the Innovating Cities team of the Directorate General for Research & Innovation to test the idea of a third space for systemic urban research and innovation. Together with European Commission Urban Policy Officers, city-makers and innovators, city organisations, and other stakeholders from multiple cities across Europe we tried to understand what should be the key features of a multi-level third space in which EU policy officers and all relevant stakeholders could

7 Jun 2017

Launch of the #Blockchain4EU project

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs (DG GROW) have launched the project #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations, running until February 2018. The project is a forward looking exploration of existing, emerging and potential applications based on Blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) for non-financial / industry sectors. It aims to identify, discuss and communicate possible uses and impacts of Blockchain and other DLT objects,