Foresight in RTD Projects

Marianne Hörlesberger (Speaker), Andrea Kasztler, Beatrix Wepner

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A foresight or future thinking process inside a technology research project provides an interactive process between stakeholders including the project partners aiming at optimum impact of the research results. Foresight processes cover several dimensions such as technological impact assessment, social developments, economic aspects, and future of education, or policy aspects. Hence, a foresight process supplies information about social, economic, ecological, political, cultural, and technological notions of the future and possibilities for robust scenarios in these areas. Science and technology research projects often focus only on specific science and technology challenges and problems. Considering the adjacent disciplines and fields and the view on the impact on possible market, on the ecology (e.g. life cycle assessment), on society with education aspects can also open the science and research work to new dimensions during the project. The objective of this paper is the presentation of a concept for future thinking processes, so called foresight in RTD projects. This foresight has the purpose to describe and estimate the impact on and from adjacent fields. It also tries to strengthen the impact of the science and technology results of the RTD work on economy, society, ecology, and also on policy. The paper works out methodologies for such a foresight process during an RTD project. The applied methodology is based on the experience of the authors in foresight processes on the one hand and on experiences in science and technology development processes on the other hand. We give an overview of applicable foresight methodologies, such as drivers identification and scenarios development, etc. Additionally, the paper works out specifics requirements for RTD projects. The presented concept includes possible process steps, process description, benefits, and discussion points.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIAMOT 2016 - 25th International Association for Management of Technology Conference Proceedings: Technology - Future thinking
EditorsLeon Pretorius
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventIAMOT 2016 The 25th International Conference for Management of Technology -
Duration: 15 May 201619 May 2016


ConferenceIAMOT 2016 The 25th International Conference for Management of Technology

Research Field

  • Former Research Field - Innovation Systems and Policy


  • foresight
  • RDT projects
  • future thinking in RTD projects


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