Study on “Precision Agriculture and the future of farming in Europe” published

Based on a horizon scanning of existing insights on Precision Agriculture (PA) and framing in Europe, the STUDY highlights four main concerns and opportunities for potential follow-up anticipatory action by the European Parliament: the contribution of precision agriculture to food safety and security, the support of PA for sustainability, and the fact that PA will bring along societal changes and require new skills. Cornelia Daheim led the foresight part of the project, realized in a team with Erica Silke den Hartog de Wilde, in which scenarios for the future of precision agriculture were developed. The main foresight insights are included in this REPORT. More details on the scenarios are available HERE. The final results were presented at the STOA panel and for members of the European Parliament AGRI Committee in Strasbourg and can be viewed HERE.

Precision Agriculture and the future of farming in Europe

bildschirmfoto-2016-11-17-um-17-25-48In cooperation with Veteffect and several agriculture experts, Future Impacts took part in the preparation of a study for the European Parliament. The study is for the scientific foresight unit STOA (Science and Technology Options Assessment) of the European Parliament (EP). The study is forward looking, and supports members of EP. The overall purpose of the project is to identify legislative pathways for the EU Parliament towards an sustainable, efficient and competitive agriculture in the EU, and for supporting development of skilled workforces in the farming sector in the EU. The final results were presented at the STOA panel and for members of the European Parliament AGRI Committee in Strasbourg and can be viewed HERE.

Beyond the Horizon: Future Visions for Europe’s Digital Economy, 2020-2050


What will the world look like in the future? During this session, leading futurists Pat KaneAngeliki Kapoglou and Cornelia Daheim paint a picture of how we will live, play, and work in 2050. What are the key things we need to prepare for today? The Readie’s Digital Policy Summit is organized by the innovation foundation Nesta in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and takes place on 11 October in Berlin. For further informations click here.

APF develops Foresight Competency Model

bildschirmfoto-2016-10-04-um-13-07-46The APF (Association of Professional Futurists) developed the first Foresight Competency Model. The competency model suggests what one should be capable of doing in order to be a professional futurist. The Competency Model Team — Cornelia Daheim (Germany), Jay Gary & Andy Hines (US), and Luke van der Laan (Australia) — drove this effort that involved many others and took more than a year to complete. This final version is APF’s view of futurist competencies at this point in time. It is offered to the large futurist community in the spirit of stimulating further discussion of what it takes to be a professional futurist. Indeed a competency model is not intended to be static or fixed, but rather to evolve along with the field it describes. Click here for the foresight competency model and further informations.