Project funded under FP7
Contract number: 217190
Instrument: CSA (Support)
The EULAKS Foresight Workshop - a restrospection...
Looking back at the first big public event of the EULAKS project, the Workshop on "Co-operation in Foresight between Europe and Latin America" held on October 22-23, 2008 at the FLACSO institute in Mexico City, it appears that all pursued goals of the Workshop have been achieved and that a fruitful discussion with big potential for continuation has been developed.
The assistance of directors of research centres, coordinators of regional S&T councils, and officials of the public sector and international organizations forwarded the dissemination and importance in knowing and applying the Foresight methodology on systematizing information and developing actions that promote the growth of the productive sectors and regions.
The overall objective of the Workshop was to analyze the international experience (European Union and
The first day of the event, attended by sixty three people, was opened by some welcoming words of the Director-General of FLACSO-Mexico, Giovanna Valenti, the Ambassador Director-General of International Relations of the Secretary for Public Education (SEP), Carlos García de Alba Zepeda, the Cooperation Officer of the European Union, Marie Paule Neuville, the Director-General of Bilateral Cooperation SRE-DGCTC, Cristina Ruiz, and the Director for the Promotion of the S&T Cooperation EU-Mexico, UEMEXCyT, Aurelie Pancera.
Subsequently national Foresight experiences from
On the second day an interactive working group was organized where the participants were divided in sub-groups and had the opportunity to choose problems and review them in the dimension that the development of the Foresight methodology would require. Afterwards the opportunities of the selected problems were discussed and evaluated in the reunion, as well as the viability of the exposed alternatives, the identified difficulties, and the efficiency of the proposed results.
The Workshop was enriched by the participation of experts like Yuli Villarroel from Venezuela who works with the project SELF-RULE, Javier Medina from UNIVALLE and COLCIENCIAS in Colombia, Rafael Popper representing the PREST institute in Manchester (UK), the Mexican Foresight researcher Guillermina Baena from the UNAM, and José Luis Solleiro from the CCADET-UNAM in Mexico.
WP 2: Assessing and Building Research Capacities for the Knowledge Society in EU and LAC