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New Horizons: Future Scenarios for Research & Innovation Policies in Europe

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2017. European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

A report from project BOHEMIA - Beyond the Horizon: Foresight in Support of the Preparation of the European Union’s Future Policies in Research and Innovation

The growing complexity of the world will require that society develop more options for coping. Options will come from new discoveries, inventions, ideas – in short, from research and innovation. This document summarizes a foresight report, commissioned by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, draws on a broad range of sources about megatrends shaping the world today and projects them forward into the 2030s. The report describes two possible outcomes: That the trends go on unmanaged and uncontrolled, or that society takes action. The fi rst outcome would be negative: climate change, environmental degradation, explosive migration, an unhealthy population, crowded and dangerous cities, mass unemployment and global strife – and Europe a victim. The second outcome would be positive: climate control, sustainable land and sea management, a circular economy with greater productivity, a healthier and longer-lived population with fulfi lling work and leisure, peace – and Europe a leader. The report goes on to illustrate specifi c ways in which research and innovation could help Europe realise the positive scenario or at least minimise the harm of the negative

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