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Technology Foresight in Industry
January 26, 2012   
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The Economy Ministry has started developing a new industrial policy which it says is better suited to the dynamically changing world.In preparation for the launch of its new “Horizontal Industrial Policy,” the ministry has decided to conduct a series of studies and analyses.

One of these was Industrial Technology Foresight InSight 2030, a project that was carried out from November 2010 to December 2011. This was Poland’s first foresight project covering all industrial sectors and focused on identifying areas of technology of use to the largest possible number of industrial sectors (“horizontal” approach) with a view to improving the competitiveness of the Polish economy.

As a result of the analyses conducted, 10 areas of technology were identified in which there are technologies that may contribute to a significant increase in the competitiveness of Polish industry, according to experts. These are industrial biotechnology, nanotechnology, advanced manufacturing systems, information and telecommunications technology, microelectronics, photonics, clean coal technology, energy conservation, modern equipment for the mining industry, and innovative technology for extracting mineral resources.

For each of these areas, in-depth analyses were conducted to identify the current state of their development in Poland and abroad, along with the opportunities they offer to the Polish economy as well as existing barriers and threats.

As part of the project a number of barriers that hinder the achievement of a high level of innovation in the Polish economy were identified and in the case of some of them proposals for overcoming these barriers were made.

The final benchmark of the measures taken is whether or not their results can be introduced to business practice. Therefore, several recommendations were formulated for the Economy Ministry in order to achieve a significant increase in the innovativeness of the Polish economy:
- monitoring activities resulting from the implementation of these projects and consistent repetition of foresight projects on a regular basis in a continually upgraded form;
- continuing on with foresight activities by launching projects designed to bring greater precision to analyses carried out in areas identified in terms of opportunities to enhance the competitiveness of Polish industry;
- supervising the results of the Industrial Technology Foresight project by the Economy Ministry and monitoring the application of its results;
- to strengthen the ties between science and business and to achieve synergy effects in this area, a joint foresight project should be carried out under the supervision of the Economy Ministry and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Its aim would be to determine the state of cooperation between these sectors, identify opportunities and barriers to this cooperation, as well as making proposals for removing them.

- launch of the “post-foresight” project by the Economy Ministry aimed at developing, jointly with the business and research communities, the best methods and procedures for following up on the results of strategic foresight projects.
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