The OBSERVE project is funded under the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme of the European Commission. 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. For this purpose OBSERVE addresses the concrete
objective of identifying new
opportunities and directions for interdisciplinary research towards new and
visionary technology of any kind.
To achieve these objectives OBSERVE will:
- Implement a bottom-up horizon scanning process (WP1) using four different and complementary
screening methods that will yield a set of emerging topics of different
types presented in a structured one-page template.
- Set up a multi-stakeholder dialogue for interpreting and sense-making (WP2) thereby
condensing the emerging topics into a list of candidates for “Hotspots” that
combine emerging needs, practices, ideas and technologies.
- Subject the Hotspot-Candidates to a multi-criteria assessment (WP3) within an online
expert dialogue to evaluate their potential for the FET programme. OBSERVE
will carefully capture the lessons learned in terms of methodology as a
basis for establish a rolling process that can be established by the FET
group beyond the projects duration.
- Ensure a maximum uptake of both the radar itself and the
observatory methodology to strengthen futures literacy, responsiveness and
resilience for diverse actors across Europe through a tailored dissemination (WP4)