This report showcases the results of the two-round Dynamic Argumentative Delphi survey carried out within the project “S&T&I FOR 2050. Science, Technology and Innovation for Ecosystem Performance – Accelerating Sustainability Transitions”. The overarching ambition of this project is the identification and mapping of future scientific and technological developments that can radically improve ecosystem performance”. The main outcome is to provide reflections towards the 2nd strategic plan of Horizon Europe (HE), in its broad direction to support the Sustainable Development Goals.
To this end, quantitative and qualitative methods were employed, among which this report refers to:
- Patent and bibliometric analysis for selecting the most dynamic Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) domains;
- Horizon scanning through web mining and human evaluation for identifying key STI directions and specific examples of technological/scientific breakthroughs within these directions;
- Dynamic Argumentative Delphi engaging relevant experts from around the world in an argument-based exploration regarding the contribution of STI to the capability of ecosystems to flourish from now to 2050.
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