Our mission is to stimulate future-awareness and address the dynamic challenges of contemporary society by providing tailored prospective systems for private organizations, implementing foresight exercises, and designing foresight tools for policy formulation. We rely on social innovation research and develop future skills for individuals and organizations to promote the understanding of, anticipation of and planning for the future.

Prospectiva’s founders are researchers with over 10 years of professional experience, both practical and academic, in science, innovation and foresight. Our experience draws on our prior involvement in international foresight projects (such as FP6 FutureFood6, FP7 Research Infrastructures: Foresight and Impact, and FP7 Forward Visions on the European Research Area (VERA)). The team pioneered foresight in Romania in 2005 by implementing the first National Foresight Exercise for Science and Technology, followed by the 2008-2011 White Paper and Vision on the Future of Romanian Higher Education 2025. In 2013-14, we designed and drafted the foresight-based, smart-specialization-aware National Strategy for RDI 2014-2020.

We have focused, in various capacities, on innovation in web solutions, among others by developing an online Delphi tool (Elphi), which has been through several major consultations (usually national in scale), and by deploying semantic analysis and other data analytics instruments in future-oriented exercises.

Visit our Projects page for information on our current projects.


June 2018

Press release: New directions for involving citizens in research and innovations agendas

Setting directions for research and innovation is usually not a job of citizens. But the CIMULACT project has paved the way for involving citizens in the actual formulation of research and innovation agendas. ”Projects like CIMULACT have made interaction with citizens possible” is written by the EU Commission in the introduction of the Research and Innovation (R&I) Work Programme Horizon 2020. Horizon 2020 […]

December 2017

Published study: Data from Delphi survey in support of future European Union policies in research and innovation

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation has published the Delphi study resulted from a Europe wide online survey regarding  future technologies, societal issues, and R&I practices. The survey was implemented in project BOHEMIA: Beyond the Horizon: foresight in support of future EU Research and Innovation Policy that aims to support the deliberations on future Commission proposals […]

August 2017

Published book: Advances in the Theory and Practice of Smart Specialization

Regional growth in the European Union hinges to a large extent on smart specialization, a new and exciting theme in economic innovation studies. Advances in the Theory and Practice of Smart Specialization illuminates problems that have stifled the implementation of smart specialization policies, such as unique regional constraints and the inter-dependent demands of economic growth and commercial […]

January 2017

CIMULACT: Highlights & full report from the Online Consultation

The online consultation Research for Society engaged citizens from 30 countries, together with researchers, stakeholders and policy makers in redefining the European Research and lnnovation agenda to make it more accountable. 3,458 respondents evaluated and enriched, according to their interests and expertise, 48 proposed research programmes Prospectiva designed and implemented the online consultation platform, with interfaces […]