In line with the mission of the European Commission’s Future and Emerging Technologies programme FET, the overarching aim of OBSERVE was 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 makes a difference for society in the decades to come. OBSERVE did 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 set up an Observatory that screens novel emerging needs, practices, collaborations and solutions using a set of quantitative and qualitative methods of prospective analysis.

You can find a presentation with main results here.

All observations were captured within the OBSERVE FET 360° Radar and had been 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 were condensed into potential Hotspots with relevance for the FET programme and other actors throughout Europe.

OBSERVE captured 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