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The 50-Year Science & Technology Scan is a project conducted by Institute for the Future for the Horizon Scanning Centre of the UK Government’s Office of Science and Innovation.

In its Science and Innovation Investment Framework 2004-2014, the UK Government made a commitment to establishing a Horizon Scanning Centre, to be based in the Foresight directorate of the Office of Science and Technology (which became the Office of Science and Innovation in April 2006). The Centre was launched in March 2005. Its output feeds directly into cross-governmental and Departmental priority setting and strategy formation.

The Horizon Scanning Centre’s aims and scope are:

Toward this end, the Horizon Scanning Centre is engaged in identifying future issues of potentially significant impact or opportunity over the next 10, 20, and 50 years. This Delta scan database, created by the Institute for the Future, contains the core science and technology information used by the Horizon Scanning Centre to meet this objective. The bulk of the database was created in 2005 and early 2006.

For more information about the project team as well as ongoing project management notes, click the Project topics at left.

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