A UNIDO Experts Meeting on Technology Foresight took place Budapest (Hungary) on 8-9 November 2006. It was held under the auspices of the UNIDO Programme on Technology Foresight for Central Eastern Europe and Newly Independent States. Director of RCTT Mr. A. Uspenskiy took part in the event as the representative of Belarus. There were two meetings held in compliance with the agenda:
1. Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Regional Virtual Centre on Technology Foresight for Central Eastern Europe and Newly Independent States (First Deputy Chairman of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus academician P. Vityaz is the representative member of Belarus in the Steering Committee; RCTT has been assigned as the national contact point related to implementation of UNIDO Regional Initiative on Technology Foresight);
2. Information Day on Technology Foresight for Decision Makers.
32 representatives of 14 countries (Albania, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine) were flung together by the two-day event.
The Steering Committee of the Regional Virtual Center for Central and Eastern Europe and Newly Independent States (RVC) has taken up the issues related to the new UNIDO’s initiative on creation of the RVC, announced in April 2006 and supported by governments of 12 countries (Albania, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Turkey, and Ukraine). The main issued discussed under the topic were: the purpose, goals, objectives set for the would-be RVC, sources of funding and legal form of the RVC. The meeting has resulted in a draft protocol of intentions. The document is subject to further coordination and elaboration via the Web, with UNIDO as the moderator.
The Information Day on Technology Foresight for Decision Makers was hosted by: Ricardo Seidl da Fonseca (UNIDO), Attila Havas (Institute of Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary), Ben Martín (Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, UK), Kerstin Cuhls (Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), Germany), Lajos Nyiri (Hungary), Michael Keenan (PREST, Manchester University, UK). The Information Day participants were provided with basic knowledge on application of TF tools in strategic decision-making for technological development.
Here you can learn more about the activity of the Regional Virtual Centre on Technology Foresight for Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States.
UNIDO’s set of guidelines on technology foresight has been distributed among the participants of the Experts Meeting. For your information, the guidelines are available under the sub-section “Technology Foresight”, on RCTT’s Web portal.