Foresight projects last about 12 months. Project teams work with government departments, experts and academics to identify where new or emerging science can inform policy. There are certain criteria for selecting suitable topics for Foresight projects:
the issue has a strong science and research element, so that science can play a role in solving or helping us understand it
the topic is important for policy-making now or is likely to be in the future
one or more department(s) will champion the project
the topic is relevant to the UK
there is a significant future element to the issue, either because it relates to long term trends like climate change or ageing, or because there is uncertainty to how an issue will develop in the future
Find out about our current projects and read some of the evidence being used to develop the final reports.