Friday, July 20, 2007

EFMN correspondents’ day 2007: Foresight and Europe

This year’s European Foresight Monitoring Network (EFMN) correspondents’ day takes place in Brussels on the 24th -25th September. The network comprises European policy professionals, foresight experts and practitioners as well as analysts of science, technology and innovation related issues. For details see the new EFMN website.

The aim of the EFMN correspondent’s day is to infuse the so far largely virtual EFMN community with real life. The event itself strikes a good balance between presentations of interesting foresight content and the opportunity to network with like minded professionals. We have invited a number of interesting speakers on the topic of ‘Europe and Foresight’ covering the whole range from policy-makers, corporate foresight as well as policy foresight practitioners. For details download the
detailed outline of the event.

The event is primarily targeted towards the EFMN correspondents. But as the EFMN is always interested to grow the network of correspondents the event is open to anyone interested as long as capacity is available. Attendance is furthermore free of charge. The event takes place at the Brussels University Foundation from the 24th – 25th September 2007. It starts at 12:00 on the 24th and ends the following day the 25th September at 14:00. For details of the event download the
correspondents’ day invitation and detailed outline of the event. You can register until the 10th of August 2007 by sending an email to felix.brandes@tno.nl

Highlights of event
· Key note speaker, Dr Karlheinz Steinmüller on corporate foresight (Z-Punkt consulting)
· Featured correspondents’: Presentations by Per Dannemand (Risoe, Denmark) on cross national foresights based on the example of the Nordic Hydrogen Energy 2030 exercise & Jon Parke on recent experiences of foresight output in policy making processes in the UK (DIUS, UK)
· Results of EFMN Mapping exercise 2007 partly reporting on comparing issues and innovations in FP7 to recent foresight exercises (Michael Keenan, PREST, UK)
· Results of EFMN Issue analysis 2007 on emerging issues in the knowledge economy and society (Sylvie Rijkers-Defrasne, VDI, Germany)
· Presentation by a representative of DG Research on the future of foresight in Europe
· Opinion poll on most interesting, most pressing future issue feeding into next year’s EFMN issue analysis
· Informal dinner in the evening of the 24th September and networking opportunities with other future / foresight professionals

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