Dialogue, Dissemination and Visions
Edited by Kristian Borch, Sandra Dingli and Michael Søgaard Jørgensen
Chapter 10: The analysis of the UK Technology Foresight Programme from the Dialogue, Vision and Dissemination perspectives
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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