"European Succes Stories in industrial Mathematics"
Dublin, October 19th 2011
FORWARD LOOK ON MATHEMATICS AND INDUSTRY
Forward Looks enable Europe's scientific community, in interaction with policy makers, to develop medium to long-term views and analyses of future research developments with the aim of defining research agendas at national and European level.
Forward Look reports and other outputs such as ESF Policy. Briefings assist policy makers and researchers in defining optimal research agendas and in setting priorities.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THIS FORWARD LOOK
Mathematics provides a universal framework for innovation, which is vital for society and industry. However, the interaction between mathematics and industry is far from optimal. Consequently, a strong inter-connected community and a vision for Europe are needed more than ever.
This Forward Look is aimed at analysing the current state of interaction between mathematics and Industry. Through its analyses and recommendations, it will enable the scientific and industrial communities, together with policy makers, to develop medium to long-term strategies for future research activities and applications. It is expected that it will impact society by strengthening the mathematical knowledge base of a wide spectrum of research-intensive industries. One key goal is thus to define well-adapted and ambitious research and political agendas at national and European levels.
The Forward Look will build on the results of the report on "Mathematics and Industry" from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) by focussing on the specificities of the European context such as its strength, its fragmentation and diversity. It will directly involve Academia and Industry as well as policy-makers. It will systematically include past extensive experiences in the cooperation between academic and industrial researchers together with the political views.
Three working groups will concentrate on specific topics, "Training and career development", "Academia-Industry interface" and "Opportunities and challenges". After the initial launch of the Forward Look, thematic foresight activities are planned to take place over one year. The results will be presented in a joint draft report in a consensus conference. Eventually, after incorporating feedback from the relevant communities, the final document will be released in a publicised closing event and disseminated widely.