In 2005, the Finnish Government took a decision in principle on the structural development of the public research system. This decision spurred the two main funding agencies - the Academy of Finland and the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes) - to carry out
FinnSight 2015, a joint foresight exercise that would provide inputs to this strategy, foster collaboration between these funding agencies and promote foresight and innovation activities at large. Towards these objectives, FinnSight 2015 engaged 10 expert panels which identified key driving
forces and characterised focus areas of competences by making extensive use of Internet-based tools and by engaging in intensive deliberations at facilitated workshops. We also describe the policy context and methodological support of FinnSight: specifically, we report how challenges arising
from the tight schedule were addressed through the process design and what policy developments have taken place after to the publication of foresight results, in the belief that our analysis may be instructive for the planning of large-scale foresight exercises that need to serve high-level
policy objectives subject to demanding time constraints and expectations.
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group decision support;
research and innovation policy
Document Type: Research Article
Systems Analysis Laboratory, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
Institute for Prospective Technological Studies of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Seville, Spain
Publication date: 2009-11-01
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