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Foresight for European coordination: developing national priorities for the Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform

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We explore what implications the geographical dispersion of foresight participants and their regional idiosyncrasies have for the management of foresight processes. Specifically, we argue that these kinds of multi-stakeholder processes place demands such as
scalability
,
modularity
and
dependability
on the design and deployment of foresight methodologies. We also report a Finnish foresight process to support the development of the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) of the European Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform. This process was based on the
RPM Screening
methodology which consisted of the internet-based solicitation and assessment of research themes, identification of promising research themes through Robust Portfolio Modelling (RPM),
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and several facilitated workshops.

Keywords: foresight, innovation policy, forestry, forest industry, multicriteria decision making, portfolio modelling, OMC, open method of coordination, technology platform

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