RIF - Research and Innovation Futures 2030: From explorative to transformative scenarios

A Forward Look at new ways of doing and organising research in our knowledge societies

This project is conducted by a consortium of the University of Twente; the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology; the University of Manchester; the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, and VTT Finland (total EU funding 860.000 Euro). RIF aims to a) systematize knowledge on emerging patterns, trends and drivers of change in ways of doing and organising research in our knowledge societies, b) provide an outlook on future pathways for science, technology and innovation (STI) systems and practices by way of scenarios, c) assess and identify key issues of the scenarios against the background of the emerging European Research Area, and d) to establish a dialogue on future perspectives for STI in order to identify strategic options and opportunities for action.

RIF focuses on the dynamics of change resulting from the interplay of developments inside and outside of STI systems. It is based on the assumption that current trends will give rise to certain tensions and dilemmas which may be resolved within the constraints of current institutional settings, or else through substantial transformation of STI systems and practices. The project sets out from a comprehensive stocktaking of European and international forward-looking activities, and an analysis of academic literature on emerging new modes of doing and organising research. This serves as the basis for a two-stage interactive scenario process. At first explorative scenarios with a time horizon of 2020 will be developed based on exploration of current trends and drivers within the constraints of today’s STI framework. These scenarios will point towards key critical junctures in ways of doing and organising research. The second phase generates long-term transformative scenarios towards 2030 that may incorporate significant structural and institutional changes in STI systems and practices. In a series of tailored interactive workshops the scenarios’ implications for key policy objectives are assessed and strategic options for different actors and stakeholders explored. RIF will rely on extensive stakeholder interaction, using both face-to-face formats and Web 2.0 tools. A range of dissemination activities ensures a widespread debate of RIF findings by stakeholders.

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The UT team is composed by Prof. Stefan Kuhlmann, Dr. Kornelia Konrad, Dr. Ellen van Oost, Dr. Gonzalo Ordonez-Matamoros , Dr. Inga Ulnicane, Rick Hölsgens (November 2011 – January 2012), Matthijs Krooi ( April 2012 – September 2012) and Dr. Peter Stegmaier. UT share is 170.000 Euro.

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Dr. Ellen van Oost