Keywords: policy making knowledge, foresight studies, Delphi surveys, technology foresight, technology enabling knowledge, R&, D policy making, research and development, nuclear knowledge management, Brazil, nuclear energy, nuclear power
Connecting past and future knowledge to develop strategies for managing nuclear knowledge
Modern organisations try to 'peek' into the future by assessing emerging technologies and new competencies that should shape the future of an enterprise's competitiveness and use the results to establish its strategy today. Governments should have similar concerns to establish medium and long term policies relative to Science, Technology, Innovation, Industrial Development, International Relations etc. Foresight studies are invaluable tools to build a knowledge base to support decision making in these areas. Results of three Brazilian foresight studies were analysed: one covering the whole C&T area and the two others focused on the nuclear area. In this way, the relevance of the nuclear knowledge topics within the framework of the Brazilian C&T landscape could be assessed. Specific results are highlighted to give insights about the actions needed to promote a more effective policy on nuclear technology developments.