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Pursuing innovation: the foresight issues in Latvian universities
Dr. Arturs Puga Forward Studies Unit (Riga, Latvia)

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Outline and framework of the presentation

I Foresight process (EU projects approach) as a kind of social technology II LNELS project (20032008) – capabilities building for foresight activities at national and European level

III EU foresight technology transfer (TT) to Latvian S&T institutions and universities

From Regional Networking to International Partnerships in Technology Transfer and Innovation Support. TII 2008 Annual Conference, 23-25 April 2008, Valencia, Spain

Foresight comprises methodologies, techniques, tools, and systematic, participatory, future-intelligencegathering and medium-to-long-term vision-building processes aimed at enabling present-day decisions and mobilising joint actions.
FOR-LEARN, EC, JRC-IPTS

I Foresight process (EU projects approach) as a kind of social technology
- action-oriented, open to alternative futures, participatory, multidisciplinary - tangible and intangible outcomes providing benefits to involved organizations / enterprises / individual participants -- for policy making, strategies and other business objectives, priority setting, innovation, education, etc. - use in knowledge and human action domains aiming at thinking, debating and shaping the future.

Above all else, foresight is a social technology
Dr. Michael Keenan, PREST, University of Manchester, UK, UNIDO Technology Foresight Training Programme, TF for Organizers, 2006

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Successful technology transfer means that it is necessary to a broad view of "Technology" to mean not only machines and equipment, but also the skills, abilities, knowledge, systems and processes necessary to make things happen.

Thus technologies are meant to be total systems that include know-how, procedures, goods and services, as well as organizational and operational measures.
Dr. Hari Srinivas, The Global Development Research Center

III EU foresight technology transfer (TT) to Latvian S&T institutions and universities

II LNELS project (20032008) – capabilities building for foresight activities at national and European level

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A showcase of a Latvian foresight experience is grounded on the transdisciplinary knowledge work; its processes, outcomes and lessons might be rethought, adapted / innovatively used for foresight related activities in both Latvia and other countries and regions

III EU foresight technology transfer (TT) to Latvian S&T institutions and universities

II LNELS project (20032008) – capabilities building for foresight activities at national and European level

The Lisbon strategy (2000-2010)

Latvia

EU context
Adaptation processes

National context
Organizational context

Policies Values Objectives RTD Practices Incentives Foresight as an advanced social technology (F-AST)

Tranfer
Methodologies

BARRIERS

Scientific publications Projects Guides Conferences Workshops Networks Change and Innovation

(Council of Science Universities Academies Ministries RTD institutions (businesses) Communities Non-profit organizations)

A receiver / user decides

Towards Latvian Foresight Network: 2003-2008
Latvian Council of Science Latvian Ministry of Agriculture
Ministry of Agriculture, Latvian Academy of Sciences, Latvian Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences agreed on the cooperation within the Foresight network of specialists and practitioners

Forward Studies Unit

Latvian Technological Center

Latvian Academy of Sciences

Latvian Union of Scientists

Latvian Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences Riga Technical University University of Latvia

Banking Institution of Higher Education

2007

Receivers and users of the EU foresight technology transfer

Now, a main objective is to link gains of methodological studies and participation in EU foresight projects to entrepreneurial and innovative use of foresight in Latvian universities and SME’s
Networks and collaboration in projects used by Latvian foresight specialists to participate in activities of the European Research / Foresight area and the global futures community The EC, DG RTD, and Joint Research Centre - IPTS supported initiatives EC, DG Enterprise and Industry, IRE The Millennium Project The European Foresight Monitoring Network SCAR Agricultural Foresight COST A22 Shaping Tomorrow Foresight Network, etc. Since 2007 • The Riga Technical University research on the use of information technologies for foresight methods, developing the knowledge management systems for SME’s

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The University of Latvia studies and exercises foresight and futures–oriented technology analysis for innovation and technology marketing integration of technologies of natural sciences and foresight within the university research foresight and S&T policy making

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A.Puga. A Latvian experience addressing

issues of the foresight innovation. International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy 2007 - Vol. 3, No.4 pp. 369 - 387 About a project "Latvia towards Knowledge Societies of Europe: new options for entrepreneurship and employment achieving the goals of the Lisbon Strategy“ 2003-2007

I Foresight process (EU projects approach) as a kind of social technology II LNELS project (20032008) – capabilities building for foresight activities at national and European level

III EU foresight technology transfer (TT) to Latvian S&T institutions and universities

From Regional Networking to International Partnerships in Technology Transfer and Innovation Support. TII 2008 Annual Conference, 23-25 April 2008, Valencia, Spain

The European Foresight Monitoring Network (EFMN) monitors ongoing and emerging foresight activities and disseminates information about these activities

Global Foresight Outlook 2007: Mapping Foresight in Europe and the rest of the World

For the period of 2004-2007, talking to experts, assisted by correspondents, looking at existing reports, browsing the Internet, the data was collected from a total of 1650 foresight initiatives and projects

Spain 43 Estonia 8 Latvia 5 Lithuania 1

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Relevance Trees (2) Morphological Analysis (4) Gaming (4) Bibliometrics (7) Multi-criteria Analysis (11) Cross-Impact Analysis (12) Structural analysis (13) Citizen Panels (28) Stakeholder Mapping (30) Backcasting (42) Essays (50) Modelling and simulation (52) Environmental Scanning (69) Technology Roadmapping (76) SWOT Analysis (107) Megatrend Analysis (110) Key Technologies (120) Delphi (120) Questionnaire / Survey (121) Interview s (127) Trend Extrapolation (133) Brainstorming (157) Other methods (158) Futures Workshops (195) Scenarios (324) Expert Panels (397) Literature Review (437)

Mapping frequencies of use of methods
(Global Foresight Outlook 2007, EFMN)

10 of used methods in Latvian foresight exercises (2003-2007)

Scenarios Delphi Futures Workshops Strategic Conversation Structural Analysis Priority Setting Brainstorming

Trend Extrapolation Literature Review

Expert Panels

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BARRIERS

Spread of foresight in universities

CHALLENGES
Undertake foresight when it’s possible to act on the results

To accept new methodologies, new approaches and paradigms of collective learning and sharing knowledge, of analysing structures and understanding in-depth current processes – both focused research issues and context (e.g., STEEPV domains - the country, Europe, and the world), engage in knowledge work using quantitative and qualitative methods to develop alternative futures, and search for consensus between different stakeholders making today's decisions to shape the future (mid- and long-term horizon)

Iron curtain

EU

Iron cage
Unlike the transfer of physical objects, the transfer of social technologies asks individuals in the target location to follow what transferred technologies suggest. Dr. Masahiro Matsuura

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University of Latvia

Education and learning for sustainable development

Sustainable development is an ethical challenge and a scientific concept
UNESCO

International partnership, using and integrating F – AST into innovative initiatives

To accept new methodologies, new approaches and paradigms of collective learning and sharing knowledge, of analysing structures and understanding in-depth current processes – both focused research issues and context (e.g., STEEPV domains - the country, Europe, and the world), engage in knowledge work using quantitative and qualitative methods to develop alternative futures, and search for consensus between different stakeholders making today's decisions to shape the future (mid- and long-term horizon)

Thanks !
arturs_puga@yahoo.com