Technology Foresight and Assessment
Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development
Society, Education and Economy
Peace, Security and Resilience
Long-Range Planning
Remote Sensing
Technology Foresight and Assessment

NanoTechnology Military Applications 

Start date: Dec 2009
End date: Nov 2010

Foresight of Evolving Security Threats Posed by Emerging Technologies

Start date: March 2009
End date: October 2011

New technologies can greatly improve our quality of life, but they may also have a "dark side". The objectives of FESTOS are to identify and assess evolving security threats posed by the abuse or inadequate use of emerging technologies and new scientific knowledge and to propose means to reduce their likelihood.

Looking ahead to the year 2030, this foresight study scans the horizon of fields such as nanotechnologies, biotechnologies and information technologies, as well as capabilities that may emerge from converging technologies.

Possible prevention means and policy measures are studied in the context of trade-offs between security needs and the freedom of research and knowledge, taking into account shifts in public perceptions of threats and related security issues.


Technologies 2000


Interconnecting knowledge

Start date: November 2008
End date: November 2011

This project deals with the identification and analysis of Wild Cards and Weak Signals (WI-WE). Weak Signals are ‘not necessarily important things’ which do not seem to have a strong impact in the present but which could be the trigger for major events in the future (e.g. changes in public attitudes to one thing or another, an emerging pattern of concern about emerging health problems). Finding weak signals is one of the most challenging tasks in futures research and their analysis often leads to the identification of Wild Cards - low likelihood and high impact events.

This project aims at the elucidation and examination of events and developments potentially shaping or shaking the future of the European Research Area (ERA). 

 Selected Subjects in Communication Technologies

End date: march 2010


End date: April 2009

Converging Technologies is the term used to characterize the convergence of activities in the fields of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science. This is also known as NBIC.

This project is a study into the knowledge and anticipated social consequences emerging from the NBIC fields. The challenges raised by NBIC convergence call for renewed, informed and democratized knowledge politics. The project is relevant to all researchers, policy-makers and activists who are concerned about the political, social and ethical implications of emerging technologies.

 Cognition - Trends and Future Developments

End date: July 2007

 Converging Technologies

End date: June 2007

The Future of Energy Crops

End date: January 2007

 The Future of Printing

End date: 2006


 NANO 2 Life
bringing nanotechnologies to life

Nano2Life was the first European Network of Excellence in nanobiotechnology. Its objective was to make Europe a leader in nanobiotechnology by merging existing expertise and knowledge in the field of nanobiotechnology.
Ictaf was a partner to the forsight activity done in the framework of this project. Ictaf’s study covered the potential realization of 23 different technological applications in the field of nano-bio. The study can be downloaded