Soil Health and Food

The project aimed to provide forward-looking evidence to support the Mission Board in the drawing of a shared vision, making the most of the geographical and disciplinary diversity of its members. Adopting a long-term perspective, the project first offered insights to better understand the drivers, trends and weak signals with the most significant potential to influence the future of soils health and food. This analysis served as background for the organisation of a Scenario workshop with the Mission Board in which three different and plausible scenarios at 2040 were sketched. In the final step, the FOD team built on existing system-thinking knowledge to identify concepts, solutions, and practices able to promote systematic change in the soil health and food sector.

Healthy Oceans, Seas, Inland and Coastal Waters

The project aimed to provide forward-looking
evidence to support the Mission Board for this area. The objective was to think along with the board and to stimulate the debates by raising surprising and challenging issues
based on forward-looking analysis and exploration. The project provided the Mission Board with new
information, (systemic) insights and/or alternative future visions that connect the extremely multi-
dimensioned topics tackled by this Mission Board.

Adaptation to Climate Change including Societal Transformation

The project was meant to complement the Mission Boards’ deep and wide – ranging expertise by exploring longer – term time horizons, up to and beyond the year 2050. Building on existing future – oriented work, the project employed dedicated foresight methods, in particular workshops and a Delphi survey, to explore this time horizon in a systematic manner, and involving experts and stakeholders as appropriate.

Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities

The foresight project “Climate – Neutral and Smart Cities” ( Framework Contract 2018/RTD/A2/OP/PP – 07001 – 2018 – LOT1) aimed to support the reflections of the corresponding Mission Board by providing future – oriented inputs on challenges and options in the area. The overarching goal of the project proposed was to c omplement the Mission Board’s deep and wide – ranging expertise with a foresight perspective.

In particular, the project intended to develop a forward – looking perspective on the importance and future significance of the mission area. Starting with a systemic analysis, the FOD team identified urban challenges in existing forward – looking studies in order to determine the thema tic scope together with the Mission Board, collected data about consolidated external and internal drivers, trends and practices as well as weak signals, potential disruptive events or incremental changes with a potentially substantial positive impact on c ities. We would like to express our gratitude to the entire Mission Board for Climate – Neutral and Smart Cities for their help, input and suggestions. In addition, the authors want to thank Paul Tuinder and Laura Hetel of Future Urban and Mobility Studies o f European Commission DG – RTD, for their feedback, guidance and practical help.

The emergent need for climate change adaptation and mitigation measures in cities as well as the Covid – 19 crisis and its potential impact on climate – neutral and smart cities have shown that cities and other authorities require different priorities in order to effectively accelerate their pathways towards climate neutrality (no one size fits all). However, it will for sure require a co – evolvement of technological innovations, know ledge capacity building within city authorities and businesses, large scale public and private investments in physical infrastructures and buildings, new business models and services that induce behavioural change of actors, and incentive systems and regul ative actions at national level. For all domains (urban mobility and transport, building and retrofitting as well as urban energy systems), digitalisation can play a key role besides calling the entire coalition of urban stakeholders to action in a coordin ated and holistic approach

Client: EC Mission Boards