A European Discussion Around the Hottest Trends in Science and Technology

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Dr Agata Gurzawska
- Cluster Lead - Ethics, Human Rights and New Technologies

Date: 30 October 2019

We are delighted to announce that the PREFET project team is organising the Trendington event, that will take place in Madrid, Spain, on November 13 and 14, 2019. The PREFET activities will be held back-to-back alongside the “Spanish National Innovation Days”.

Joining Trendington is a great opportunity to participate in a European discussion around the hottest trends in science and technology. Researchers will gain insights about future European research agendas, including research funding policy at the European level for the coming years, such as Horizon Europe and Marie-Curie.

The event will bring together representatives of the European Commission, Spanish Federation for Science and Technology, Innovation and Universities, Spanish Nation Contact Point for FET, and the experts engaged in the selection of top 15 technological trends.

Moreover, Trendington will be a great opportunity to share your knowledge, connect and build potential new project consortia. Participation is free.

Trendington programme

The Trendington event will see activities starting on the afternoon of 13th of November with an Expert Session, aiming at selecting the 15 most promising Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) trends that directly influence research funding policy at the European level for the coming years, including calls for Horizon Europe. The Expert Session is open to PREFET partners and top experts in ICT, Health & Life Sciences, Environment & Climate Change, RRI, ethics of technology and architects, artists, CSOs, designers, and futurologists. During this session, we want to re-shape the list of 45 pre-validated trends, evaluate these trends, look for synergies and select the top 15 most promising FET trends.

The Open Session of the Trendington event, hosted by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, and with the participation of EC representatives, will take place on 14 November 2014 and will be dedicated to young and senior researchers interested in exploring the potential of the top 15 technological trends selected by our experts.

Networking and co-creation of potential ideas and visions around these trends will be actively motivated, and the context for potential support within the European Framework Programme of R&I will be described.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Get informed about coming FET calls,
  • Learn about the outcomes from 13th and top 15 trends for future technologies,
  • Build networks for FET proposals.

Join researchers from all around Europe specialising in ICT, Health & Life Sciences, Environment & Climate Change, RRI, ethics of technology, but also architects, artists, CSOs, designers, and futurologists. Register for the Open session here https://www.prefet.eu/trendington/


PREFET is an EU-funded 18-month FET-Open Coordination and Support Actions project about evidence-based detection of emerging technology trends with high-impact potential. It works towards tools and methodologies to pre-validate new and emerging trending technologies, providing the responsible research and innovation (RRI) context for their successful implementation, and helping researchers improve their project building integral processes of Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) like ideas at early stages for good planning and decision making.

Within PREFET, Trilateral Research leads the Integration of RRI dimension work package to facilitate the pre-incorporation and implementation of RRI into the FET context to better align FET processes and outcomes, with the values, needs and expectations of society. Moreover, Trilateral facilitates cross-sectoral understanding and evaluation of the RRI in FET and helps FET stakeholders make better-informed decisions related to their future investments and development activities.

The PREFET project is always looking to expand its networks of practitioners, decision and policymakers’ suppliers and academia.

For more information please contact our team.

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