Current technological and social developments are shaping the future of research and innovation. It is therefore crucial to take a look at the social, economic and technological trends that could help define Germany as a hub for innovation in the future.
Which future is conceivable, which is desirable, which is feasible – and how do we achieve it?
These questions help to identify and discuss options for the further development of knowledge and technology transfer. In order to make possible futures as accessible as possible, the team engaged foresight methods to develop speculative future scenarios. The scenarios are based on trends identified in research literature on the future of transfer. The research team added exploratory, speculative, and transformative elements, and expanded the scenarios in collaboration with experts and practitioners.
The resulting scenarios serve as a basis for discussion on the function, challenges, and development paths of knowledge and technology transfer. Each scenario outlines a possible future, and its design distinguishes it in many ways from alternative possible scenarios. The scenarios act as a kind of lens that provides a view of current developments and makes it possible to compare the desirability of different futures, and to align policy measures accordingly.
You can download a detailed description of the scenarios here: