European Commission consultation on directions for Future and Emerging Technologies research
The European Commission has started a public consultation to identify promising and potentially game-changing directions for future technological research. They are inviting scientists, researchers, engineers, innovators, artists, entrepreneurs and citizens to submit their ideas on such directions of research for future technologies before November 30th 2012.
It is important that the BioChemIT community should contribute strongly to the consultation to ensure that the field is well represented in the Commission's future research plans.
The objective & guiding criteria of the consultation are described as;
...to identify promising and potentially game-changing directions for future technological research.
The research directions we are looking for should be more general than an idea for a single research project. They may, for instance, identify a crucial but underdeveloped scientific/technological domain that requires development and structuring; they may stimulate multi-disciplinary explorations around inspiring questions, even non-technological ones; they may propose unifying concepts that can lead to new synergies from previously unrelated research; or they may set an ambitious and concrete challenge that is far beyond the state-of-the-art, the achievement of which would open up radically new possibilities for technology.
Importantly, we expect such research directions to go beyond established approaches, typically through unexpected combinations of disciplines, ideas and people around a common vision. We also expect to see from them structuring effects on multidisciplinary communities that can tackle all aspects of such a vision in a systemic way. Ultimately such visions should hold the keys to a better future for all, and put Europe on a new road towards future technological competitiveness in the next 20 years.
Further information and how to contribute to the consultation »