Forward-looking analysis with a focus on innovation and resilience.

In the context of numerous crises and disruptions, the radar and orientation function of parliamentary TA is becoming increasingly important. We are therefore expanding our foresight activities by adding a resilience radar and an in-depth resilience check to the existing horizon scanning.

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The two basic search methods (horizon scanning, resilience radar) are based on different sources and selection criteria. Each approach is carried out in three steps: First, the pool of sources is defined (scoping), then the sources are systematically examined and potentially interesting developments are collected (scanning). The extracted information is then evaluated and validated (assessment). 

In addition to the short topic profiles developed from the horizon scanning, the results of the Resilience radar and the Horizon scanning are summarised in an annual Foresight Report, on the basis of which a selected infrastructure system is subjected to a scenario-based and participatory resilience check with reference to selected focus topics (in-depth analysis).

The analysis is both expert and data based:

  • Data-based: We analyse the sources semi-automatically using AI-supported methods. This allows large amounts of data to be processed, searched for relevant content and clustered thematically.
  • Expert based: At the same time, we involve national and international experts from the fields of infrastructure systems, technology assessment and foresight. This serves both to identify new important trends and to validate the results.

The foresight process is a joint activity of the entire consortium, with ITAS, IZT and VDI-VDE-IT each contributing their specific expertise and methods.

Areas of analysis

Horizon scanning

Horizon scanning is used to identify potentially promising socio-technical innovations and scientific trends at an early stage of development. 

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Resilience radar

The Resilience Radar is used to identify trends and hazards associated with systemic risks and challenges to critical infrastructure systems.

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Resilience check

The aim of the Resilience Check is to develop viable, scenario-based, participatory resilience strategies for selected infrastructure systems and key issues.