In line with the mission of the European Commission’s Future and Emerging Technologies programme FET, the overarching aim of OBSERVE is to support Europe to grasp leadership early on in new and emerging technology areas that promise to renew the basis for European competitiveness and growth and that will make a difference for society in the decades to come. OBSERVE will support the FET mission by identifying new opportunities and directions for interdisciplinary research towards new and visionary technology of any kind.

For this purpose, OBSERVE is setting up an Observatory that will screen novel emerging needs, practices, collaborations and solutions using a set of quantitative and qualitative methods of prospective analysis.

All observations will be captured within the OBSERVE FET 360° Radar and made available for actors throughout Europe in an inspiring format to spark strategic futures debates.

In a multi stakeholder dialogue involving a series of workshops and an online survey these emerging issues will be condensed into potential Hotspots with relevance for the FET programme and other actors throughout Europe.

OBSERVE will capture the lessons learned in terms of methodology to strengthen anticipatory capacity not only within FET but for all interested actors across Europe.


06/2015 – 05/2017


    European Commission Future and Emerging Technologies



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