Material does not need to be on topic to be helpful. It is often more valuable in creating insights if the material represents an alternative or fringe perspective.
The links below are to potentially thought-provoking background material (not in anyway intended to be exhaustive or even necessarily relevant to participants thinking). Their inclusion in no way implies endorsement of the content by BGS, NERC or GSL.
Natural England recently launched the outputs of its futures work: The natural environment in 2060
"What future for the natural environment? looking to 2060"
Department for Business Innovation & Skills
The next stage of the Science and Society Strategy for the UK
The Horizon Scanning Centre has collected 'evidence of the future' from more than 2000 document sources and interviews with 300 leading thinkers, which has been condensed into 250 short position papers designed to challenge assumptions and spark ideas.
The Sigma Scan — see Earth Science position papers
Royal Society Reports
Towards a low carbon future [PDF]
UK Government Committee on Climate Change
European Commission Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan
Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan)
United States National Science Foundation (NSF) Advisory Committee for Geosciences
GEO VISION Report: Unraveling Earth's Complexities through the Geosciences
The International Council for Science (ICSU)
Earth System visioning: developing a new vision and strategic framework for earth system research
Geoscience and a Smarter Economy (Ireland)
A new report detailing how geoscience can be oriented toward a smart economy has just been published by GSI, GSNI and the Royal Irish Academy. It describes how the geoscience sector can contribute to economic recovery and it provides a clear vision of the sector in 2020. The report is entitled Geoscience - Towards a Smarter Economy. It can be downloaded here.
*NEW* Council for Science and Technology (CST): Vision for UK science
1 March 2010: CST published its report examining how ensure the UK research base can maintain its high level of performance and productivity; how the outputs are maximised in terms of economic and social impacts; and how the UK will continue to maintain its global position, amongst other recommendations.
*NEW* Foresight: Land use futures: making the most of land in the 21st century. Final project report
Report of a Foresight project that takes a broad and overarching look at the future of UK land use over the next 50 years. It aims to support Government and other policy makers in ensuring the UK's land use patterns and practices are fit for the future.