The Foresight steering group is to be strengthened, Sir Robert May, chief scientific adviser to the Government and chair of the Foresight Steering Group, announced recently.
The Foresight programme aims to improve the competitiveness of the United Kingdom, and enhance the quality of life, by bringing together business, the science base and Government to identify and respond to emerging opportunities in markets and technology. The programme consists of 16 panels, investigating different sectors, which published their first reports in 1995.
The sectors involved include agriculture, chemicals, construction, defence and aerospace, energy, financial services, food & drink, health and life sciences, IT, electronics & communications, leisure and learning, manufacturing and transport.
The reconstructed group will play a leading part in the development of the next round of Foresight, due to begin in 1999, and will advise the Government on the future strategy for the programme.
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