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Inspired by: workshops/meetings » Development of new materials

version: 2 / updated: 2011-01-22
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Originally submitted by: Ondrej Valenta
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iKnow workshop country name

Czech Republic

Workshop date

March 2010

Signal's headline

(max. 9 words)
Development of new materials

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
In the nuclear research, R&D also in other fields of science is necessary. It is expecially the material science and its progress in development of new materials, first used in other industries (e.g. in airplanes) and then applied also to more efficient production of nuclear energy.


nuclear energy, materials, R&D, development, industry

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 The trend in development of new materials can indicate their consequent utilization in various industries new/emerging
very beneficial

Under what assumption the Weak Signal might evolve.

The WE might evolve more rapidly only if a certain level of investment or public support to material science is reached.


please specify
please select
Level 2: important for a particular world region
Level 3: important for the European Union

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

institutional filters (rules, laws, regulations)
economic filters (business/market interests)

Key driving forces of this signal

Please use these boxes to provide up to 2 drivers of HIGH importance. Click on HELP to see examples:
Driver 1 Driver 2
Technological/Scientific Increasing need for new materials

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Energy security/dynamics
Innovation dynamics
Techno-security, hazard & risk

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
ICT - Information & communication technologies
Nanosciences, nanotech, materials & new prod. tech.
Environment (including Climate Change)
Transport (including aeronautics)
Nuclear research
Science in society
International S&T Cooperation

Pan-European strategies influencing the signal

please justify:
particularly relevant
Strengthening research institutions and universities
Facilitating and promoting knowledge sharing and transfer

Research-friendly strategies potentially improving understanding of the signal

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Strengthening the actors in the research-friendly ecology
(i.e. Research funding organisations, universities, businesses, Research and Technology Organisations, Researchers and Citizens)