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Welcome to Foresight

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Pupils at Liverpool UTC

Sir Mark Walport takes a tour of the Liverpool Life Sciences UTC and talks to students and teachers about this new model for science education. Read the blog post.

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The Foresight report on the Future of Manufacturing looks at the long term picture for the UK manufacturing sector between now and 2050. Read the report.

Our role is to help government think systematically about the future

We use the latest scientific and other evidence combined with futures analysis to tackle complex issues and help policy makers make decisions affecting our future.

Our work makes a critical contribution to meeting important challenges of the 21st century - such as food security, flooding and obesity.

Foresight reports directly to the Government Chief Scientific Adviser and the Cabinet Office. It is a part of the Government Office for Science within the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.


Foresight Projects

These are in-depth studies examining major issues 20-80 years in the future.

Current Foresight Projects are:

Policy Futures Projects

Shorter Foresight projects that help UK policy-makers deliver key policy agendas by providing futures and evidence analysis to fill a specific gap in existing understanding.

Current Policy Future Projects are:

Horizon Scanning Centre

The Foresight Horizon Scanning Centre does short projects looking at discrete issues across the entire public policy spectrum.

Our toolkits and networks look to strengthen futures thinking capacity and share best practice within and across government.

Learn more about what the Foresight Horizon Scanning Centre does: