FORGING as a new flagship initiative on emerging enabling technologies

December 13, 2022

FORGING is a project funded by the European Commission under the HORIZON-CL4-2021-DIGITAL-EMERGING-01. The FORGING consortium consists of 6 European partners, including research organisations and private companies. INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory is the Coordinator of the project and is working closely with the following partners: G.A.C. Group, STAM SRL, I2CAT – The Internet Research Center, APRE – Agency for the Promotion of European Research, VTT – Technical Research Centre of Finland.

FORGING proposes a pioneering methodology based on a value-sensitive innovation process that breaks away from linear innovation trajectories to promote new visions and technological paths that are attentive to the environment and society. It is focused on the human being in parallel with the technical context of Industry 5.0.

This value-sensitive innovation process will be developed in three phases:

  1. Technological discovery with technology experts from academia and industry to detect the first signs of emerging technologies.

  2. Social confluence exploring social desirability and social impact.

  3. The openness of complete co-creation to the broader community to develop concrete use cases for adopting the technology.

A total of 6 technology pathways will be developed to transfer ideas and help the industry to engage with issues related to the uptake and deployment of use cases. FORGING will use a methodology catalysing a stakeholder community with 600 active members, ranging from academia to industry, society and policymakers.

FORGING will provide 3 assets: The FORGING Forum (a European community of experts in enabling technologies), the FORGING Playbook and the FORGING ToolBox that will, respectively, bring methodology for guidance and facilitation materials for the exploration, reflection, co-creation and evaluation of emerging technologies. These assets will sustain FORGING as a new flagship initiative on emerging enabling technologies.

Would you like to join the FORGING Forum? Register here.