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Participation and Interaction in Foresight

Participation and Interaction in Foresight

Dialogue, Dissemination and Visions

Edited by Kristian Borch, Sandra Dingli and Michael Søgaard Jørgensen

This illuminating book combines theory and practice to analyse the experiences and impacts of foresight activities in various European countries. It includes case studies with a focus on different societal issues including national development, science and technology, and sustainable development.

Chapter 10: The analysis of the UK Technology Foresight Programme from the Dialogue, Vision and Dissemination perspectives

Ozcan Saritas

Subjects: innovation and technology, innovation policy, politics and public policy, public policy


In the 1980s science came to be regarded as a source of strategic opportunity, and industrial innovation became a central priority for publicly funded R & D. Both resource constraints and the strategic value put on S & T were driving factors in the search for some way of prioritising both the public and private spends on R & D in the UK. In 1984, Irvin and Martin’s book, Research Foresight, drew attention to the foresight activities conducted elsewhere across the globe, and argued that the UK could benefit from a similar exercise for prioritisation. This book supplemented the ACARD (Advisory Council for Applied R & D) report entitled ‘Exploitable Areas of Science’. Following on from these reports, during the late 1980s somewhat isolated attempts were made at research foresight such as by the ACOST (Advisory Council on S & T), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Research Councils.

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