The European Science and Technology Observatory (ESTO) is a network of organisations operating under the European Commission's – Joint Research Centre's (JRC's) Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) - leadership and funding since 1997. ESTO aims at detecting, at an early stage, and prospectively shaping, scientific or technological breakthroughs, trends and events of potential socio-economic importance, which may require action at a European decision-making level. Today, ESTO is presently composed of a core of twenty European institutions, all with experience in the field of scientific and technological foresight, forecasting or assessment at the national level. Currently, the European Science and Technology (ESTO) network is engaged in the following main activities: Specific Studies centred in the complex of science and technology (S&T), economy and society. Fast-Track actions to provide quick responses to specific S&T assessment queries. Monitoring Prospective S&T Activities and development of an "Alert/Early Warning" function by means of Technology Watch/Thematic Platforms activities. Support to the production of "The IPTS Report", a monthly journal targeted at European policy-makers and containing articles on science and technology developments. IPL/Innovation and Sustainability is full member of the network and takes part in the mentioned type of activities. Activities have included studies within consumer electronics, organic production, environmental policies, as well as fast tracks, IPTS articles and reviews. A number of studies have been effected through contractors.
|Effective start/end date||01/01/1997 → 31/12/2005|