Noti 1 Art of Foresight

Foresight Course at University of Manchester


Noti 2 Art of Foresight

The ART of Foresight & Horizon Scanning: Anticipating, Recommending and Transforming Research and Innovation Futures

Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, as a leading European centre in the use of forward looking tools supporting science, technology and innovation policymaking, has been running an annual foresight training course since 1999.

Building on over twenty years of foresight experience, we are able to call upon a wealth of expertise, from staff with know-how of the practice of foresight, as well as from sponsors and practitioners.


  • Business and industry leaders
  • Policymakers, analysts, programme sponsors and managers
  • Science and research agenda shapers
  • Professionals in research and innovation organisations and funding agencies
  • Foresight and horizon scanning practitioners


Typical topics addressed in the course include:

  • Foresight origins, concepts and evolution
  • Foresight process, frameworks and fundamentals
  • Foresight methodology, methods and approaches
  • Horizon scanning tools, techniques and platforms
  • Using evidence, expertise, interaction and creativity
  • Shaping science, technology and innovation systems
  • Supporting research and innovation priority-setting
  • Addressing industry needs and societal challenges
  • Defining long-term strategies and policy agendas
  • Using expert/citizen panels and Delphi surveys
  • Analysing trends, wild cards and weak signals
  • Developing models, scenarios and roadmaps
  • Evaluating foresight processes and impacts


The course consists of a set of interactive lectures reinforced with practical work in groups. During the week, you will design a foresight exercise with a group of participants, supported by facilitators.

This will enable you to bring together different elements covered in the course and apply them to a real life case. You will return to your job with:

  • immediate tangible benefits,
  • hands-on practical experience, and
  • know-how on the state-of-the-art of foresight


At the end of the course, you will:

  • Understand the key rationales for foresight, the building blocks of a foresight process and the main features of a foresight methodology.
  • Have gained practical knowledge on the most commonly used foresight and horizon scanning tools, as well as on the key factors influencing the selection and combination of foresight methods.
  • Recognise why and how foresight is increasingly being embedded into science, technology and innovation policy-making,
  • Be able to design and conduct a foresight exercise from the scoping phase through to the mobilisation of key players to the anticipation, recommendation and transformation of futureoriented outcomes.
  • Be able to commission, interpret and use foresight across a wide range of research and innovation areas, industries, sectors, themes and institutional contexts.
  • Benefit from the networking and knowledge sharing opportunities with course staff and other participants.


Please contact our course administrator Mrs Lisa Gledhill who will be able to send you an application form and further details.

For more information, please contact Course Director

Dr Rafael Popper



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