Future perspectives of european materials research
This report summarises the results of the SMART Specific Support Action financed within the Sixth European Framework Programme and aimed at the mapping of future materials research topics and excellent research groups located throughout Europe. Members of the SMART consortium were the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) from Great Britain, the Liten Laboratory of the French CEA, the UACH Institute of the Slovakian Academy of Science, the German Fraunhofer INT Institute (FhG-INT) and the German Project Management Jülich (Projektträger Jülich, PtJ) at the Research Centre Jülich (Forschungszentrum Jülich, FZJ). In the SMART concept, forecast and foresight processes were carried out in parallel. While the analyses of published foresight studies led to identification of the three focus areas for the roadmapping workshops, in the forecast process an initial literature screening was carried out, which was followed by interviewing of experts, and workshops. Thus the information presented in this report is based on experts' opinions but it does not necessarily reflect those of the SMART members or the views of the EC. As far as possible, relevant papers have been cited and references for the sources have been given. On behalf of the SMART partners I would like to thank all experts, (over 300 of whom were interviewed and almost 100 of whom participated in the workshops), for their strong support of this project. We would also like to thank the European Commission for their continuous support during the carrying out of this EU-funded action. Gerd Schumacher, Project Management Jülich, Germany Coordinator of the SMART Project.
Projektträger Jülich -PTJ-
Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining -IOM3-, London
Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique
Fraunhofer-Institut für Naturwissenschaftlich-Technische Trendanalysen -INT-, Euskirchen