Studies and Options Briefs

 
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Learning and Teaching Technology Options: STOA Options Brief03-2015
Reference

EPRS_STU(2015)547407

Author

Rafael Rivera Pastor, Carlota Tarín Quirós (Iclaves)

Summary

The education system is very wide and no technology will be adequate to solve all problems. Moreover there are many and fast evolving technologies while every region and country face specific challenges and have specific contextual factors. Therefore the policy options are intended as strategic approaches that provide a framework for decision-makers to define more concrete policies.

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Study : Learning and teaching technology options: Study
Executive Summary : Learning and teaching technology options: In-Depth Analysis
Annex : Learning and Teaching Technology Options: STOA Options Brief
Technology options for deep-seabed exploitation - Tackling economic: STOA Options Brief03-2015
Reference

EPRS_STU(2015)547401

Author

Koen Rademaekers, Oscar Widerberg, Katarina Svatikova, Roel van der Veen, Triple E Consulting, Eleonora Panella, Milieu Ltd

Summary

This briefing note is based on the STOA project on ‘Technology options for deep-seabed exploitation – Tackling economic, environmental and societal challenges’, which provides a state of-play overview on exploring and exploiting deep-sea resources. To support the EU and its institutions in tackling the key barriers and challenges of deep sea exploration and exploitation identified in the study, the following policy options and follow up actions are outlined. 1) Improve communication and raise awareness on the topic (building confidence/ knowledge); 2) Improve the knowledge base and address the environmental impacts; 3) Support the adoption of a complete legal framework; 4) Consider supporting a pilot mining project for mineral resources; 5) Further investigate recycling as an alternative to deep-sea mining; 6) Address the societal impacts on local communities

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Study : Technology options for deep-seabed exploitation - Tackling economic, environmental and societal challenges: Study
Executive Summary : Technology options for deep-seabed exploitation - Tackling economic: In-Depth Analysis
Annex : Technology options for deep-seabed exploitation - Tackling economic: STOA Options Brief
Towards Scientific Foresight in the European Parliament01-2015
Reference

EPRS_IDA(2015)527415

Summary

We are living in a technological culture in which technologies penetrate every domain of our society. Techno-scientific innovations are often designed to make our lives easier, or to solve some societal issues. However, technologies pose unwanted and unintended impacts. This document describes a methodology for Scientific Foresight which offers the Members of the European Parliament legislative pathways to anticipate possible impacts of techno-scientific innovations.

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In-Depth Analysis : Towards Scientific Foresight in the European Parliament
Ten technologies which could change our lives: potential impacts and policy implications01-2015
Reference

EPRS_IDA(2015)527417

Summary

This study was undertaken in support of the Scientific Foresight Unit's ongoing work to develop a methodology for carrying out foresight studies within the European Parliament. Ten different scientific and technological trends are investigated which reflect the interests of citizens, policy-makers and legislators drawn from across the European Union. A summary of each trend is provided followed by an overview of both the 'expected' and 'unexpected' impacts associated with the trend. A legal analysis is then provided which highlights procedural and legislative issues for policy-makers and legislators to consider when tackling policy-making in the EU in relation to each trend.    

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In-Depth Analysis : Ten technologies which could change our lives: potential impacts and policy implications
Mass Surveillance - Part 2: Technology foresight, options for longer term security and privacy improvements01-2015
Reference

EPRS_STU(2015)527410

Author

Company: Capgemini Consulting Authors: M. van den Berg P. de Graaf (editor) P.O. Kwant T. Slewe

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Study : Mass Surveillance - Part 2: Technology foresight, options for longer term security and privacy improvements
Annex 1: Mass Surveillance - Part 2: Technology foresight, options for longer term security and privacy improvements
Annex 2: Mass Surveillance - Part 2: Technology foresight, options for longer term security and privacy improvements
Mass Surveillance - Part 1: Risks and opportunities raised by the current generation of network services and applications01-2015
Reference

EPRS_STU(2015)527409

Author

Company: TECNALIA Research and Investigation Authors: Arkaitz Gamino Garcia Concepción Cortes Velasco Eider Iturbe Zamalloa Erkuden Rios Velasco Iñaki Eguía Elejabarrieta Javier Herrera Lotero Jason Mansell (Linguistic Review) José Javier Larrañeta Ibañez Stefan Schuster (Editor)

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Study : Mass Surveillance - Part 1: Risks and opportunities raised by the current generation of network services and applications
Annex 1: Mass Surveillance - Part 1: Risks and opportunities raised by the current generation of network services and applications
Annex 2: Mass Surveillance - Part 1: Risks and opportunities raised by the current generation of network services and applications
Measuring Scientific Performance for Improved Policy Making04-2014
Reference

IPOL-JOIN_ET(2014)527383

Author

Bea Mahieu, Erik Arnold and Peter Kolarz

Summary

In recent decades, developments in European research policy making have led to an enhancement of the role and function of evaluation to cope with the growing globalisation of research and the need to ensure effective research systems at the national level and in the European Research Area. These developments have led to a need for a more integrated way to understand research performance as well as its efficiency and effects, combined with a growing need for a European view. The desire for better evidence for public management, a growing movement calling for open access to the results of publicly funded research and the vastly increased power of computing and communications coincide to support policy interest in steering and sharing research results and data about them. Current trends in the extended use of research information systems - at institutional, national and European level, set the context and create the opportunity for the development of a European research information infrastructure that could provide the basis for an improved research policy development in Europe.

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Study : Measuring Scientific Performance for Improved Policy Making
Executive Summary : Measuring Scientific Performance for Improved Policy Making
Annex 01: Measuring Scientific Performance for Improved Policy Making
Methanol: A Future Transport Fuel Based on Hydrogen and Carbon Dioxide?04-2014
Reference

IPOL-JOIN_ET(2014)527377

Author

Stefano Faberi and Loriana Paolucci, reviewed by Andrea Ricci (ISIS) , Daniela Velte and Izaskun Jiménez (Tecnalia)

Summary

This study discusses the technological, environmental and economic barriers for producing methanol from carbon dioxide, as well as the possible uses of methanol in car transport in Europe. Costs and benefits are evaluated from a life-cycle perspective in order to compare different feedstocks for methanol production and to account for the potential benefits of CO2-derived methanol in the transition to a more diversified fuel mix in the transport sector. Benefits in terms of reduced dependence on conventional fossil fuels and lower risks to security of supply can be envisioned in the medium and long term. It is nonetheless evident that considerable and sustained research efforts are necessary to turn CO2 into an efficient and competitive prime materials, which would be attractive not only for the transport sector, but also other industries. Europe’s increasingly limited and expensive access to fossil fuels makes it obligatory to consider policy options and smart strategies, combining market, regulatory and planning instruments, to bring down the direct and indirect costs of alternative fuels, so that transport services remain affordable for citizens and companies during the transition to a less petroleum-dependent economy.

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Study : Methanol: A Future Transport Fuel Based on Hydrogen and Carbon Dioxide?
Executive Summary : Methanol: A Future Transport Fuel Based on Hydrogen and Carbon Dioxide?
Science and Technology Options Assessment - Annual Report 201303-2014
Reference

IPOL-JOIN_DV(2014)527372

Summary

STOA mainly carries out projects that assess the impact of introducing or promoting new technologies, and identify the best possible options for action, from a technological point of view. In 2013, STOA continued its activities on the main topics of: - Eco-efficient transport; - Sustainable management of natural resources; - Security of the Internet, including e-Government, cloud computing and social networks; - Health; - Science policy. Some major projects of this legislature have been completed, such as: - Eco-efficient transport futures for Europe; - Potential and Impact of Cloud Computing and Social Network Websites; - The series of studies under the umbrella of ‘Technology options for feeding 10 billion people’, which was closed with the workshop ‘How to feed the world in 2050?’

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Study : Science and Technology Options Assessment - Annual Report 2013
Integrated Urban e-Ticketing for Public Transport and Touristic Sites01-2014
Reference

IPOL-JOIN_ET(2014)513551

Author

Maike Puhe (Project Leader), Markus Edelmann and Max Reichenbach (ITAS-KIT)

Summary

This report deals with the development of integrated e-ticketing systems for public transport and touristic sites in cities. While technologies are already available and ready to meet multi-function requirements, e-ticketing has not yet been implemented on a wider scale in Europe. The implementation of an integrated e-ticketing system is a complex process that requires the synchronised activity of heterogeneous actors. Public transport operators and authorities, financial service providers, telecommunications operators, and the tourism sector need to work together to combine their products on a single card. Besides technological characteristics, legal and economic aspects play a decisive role. Stakeholders that are involved in the implementation of an integrated ticketing system need to agree on technical specifications as well as on institutional and governance issues.

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Study : Integrated Urban e-Ticketing for Public Transport and Touristic Sites
Executive Summary : Integrated Urban e-Ticketing for Public Transport and Touristic Sites
 
 
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