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


Start date: January 2010
End date: December 2012

The objectives of this project are to identify how emerging technologies and their convergence might impact on the fundamental individual and structural values in which the European legal right to privacy is rooted, as well as on societal perceptions and conceptions of privacy. The project inquires into how legal systems could be better prepared to address these new challenges.


Start date: August 2009
End date: November 2011

While it can be assumed that the security industry and organisations will increase their efforts to keep and to strengthen trust relations with citizens, the question however remains: how can one raise more awareness of social conflicts and privacy concerns among those public and private agencies that undermine privacy necessarily on a daily basis in their mission to provide security? The aim of PATS is to increase privacy awareness across various sectors, from firms to government agencies, focussing especially on the development and use of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and biometrics.



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).

 Social sciences and humanities (SSH)  - Futures

End date: October 2009

SSH-FUTURES studies the development of social sciences and humanities (SSH) in Europe and their mutual interactions with social demands. The outcomes of the project provide information for improving research policies targeted at the SSH in Europe. ICTAF’s responsibilities within this project comprise foresight activities regarding SSH in 2025.

The project started in 2006 and has 11 partners across Europe.

e-Government for low socio-economic status groups

 End date: March 2008

Many governments have undertaken large and complex efforts to develop e-Government services. ELOST focuses on the use of this services by LSGs (low socioeconomic status-groups), which include diverse segments. Since computer usage by LSGs is very low, web-based e-Government services are not available to a relatively large segment of European citizens.

The main objective of ELOST is therefore to increase readiness for e-Government and civic engagement among LSGs. A foresight study was conducted on emerging technologies with potential impact on e-Government use by LSGs, and policy implications were derived.


 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.


Energy in Education Institutes

End date: March 2001

Human Resource Forcasting in Education

The Future of Libraries