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Brussels, 26 October 2012
Digital Agenda: Commission consults on Future and Emerging Technologies
The European Commission is launching a public consultation to identify promising and potentially game-changing directions for future technological research.
The research directions for future and emerging technologies will shape our economy for decades to come. The right strategic choices will mean a better future for all, from protecting our environments to providing better healthcare to Europeans. Therefore the Commission is inviting scientists, researchers, engineers, innovators, artists, entrepreneurs and individuals to submit their ideas before November 30th 2012. Do you have a big idea for the future? Then let us know!
The consultation is structured under two themes: research direction in FET and arguments for the importance of this research. All interested parties can submit their ideas on what this research should be and its expected impact. The contributors to the public consultation are invited to answer a series of concrete questions on FET research and its contribution to some of the great societal challenges of our age, like global warming, energy supply, pollution, ageing of society, global crises, peace or democratic deficit.
The answers to the public consultation will be used as input for identifying topics for future FET work programmes.
The Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) research programme forms a key part of the Commission's Horizon 2020 research proposals. The objective of FET is to foster radical new technologies by exploring novel and high-risk ideas building on scientific foundations. By providing flexible support to goal-oriented and interdisciplinary collaborative research, and by adopting innovative research practices, FET research seizes the opportunities that will deliver long-term benefit for citizens, the economy and society.
Examples of how FET is changing the face of European research include:
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