About university The Observatory for Industrial Technology Foresight (OPTI) started operating at the end of 1997, as a result of an initiative of the then Ministry of Industry and Energy. Three years on, OPTI was established as a foundation, under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade. Represented amongst The Foundations trustees are Spains most important scientific and technological entities. The Foundations objective is to create a knowledgebase on the most relevant technology trends for future economic and social development, therefore providing support for decision-making regarding technology in both public and private fields. This objective stems from todays highly complex and changing technology panorama. In the current context, technology watch and foresight play vital roles as strategic tools at the service of enterprises and public administrations. the OPTI Foundation has progressively widened its presence at all levels of decision-making where science and technology are fundamental aspects. At a national level, OPTI commenced its activities with the organisation of the 1998 - 2001 Technology Foresight Programme. This programme of a multi-sectoral nature benefitted from the voluntary participation of over a thousand Spanish technology experts. The three reports generated as a result of this programme marked a before and after in the application of foresight in Spain. With this as a base, OPTI has not ceased to work in the publication of technology foresight studies of a sectoral nature, constantly expanding a knowledgebase available to all those interested. The OPTI Foundations demonstrated expertise in the study of technologies of the future, has led to its participation in the development of the 2008 - 2011 National RDI Programme. Academics Some of Spains autonomous regions have promoted foresight studies relating to sectors of special strategic importance to them. Some of the most noteworthy cases, amongst others are The Marine Technologies project, promoted by the Government of Galicia with the collaboration of the Government of the Canary Isles, comprising of four foresight studies carried out simultaneously: Fishing Technologies, Aquaculture, Marine Products Processing Industry and Technologies for the Observation and Control of the Marine Environment.The foresight study on logistics: The Future of the Supply Chain, promoted by the Government of Aragon. The foresight study on The Digital Home, promoted by the Innovation and Development Agency of Andalusia (IDEA).The foresight study on Tourism Demand in Andalusia in 2020 and its Implications in the Sector for the Andalusian Regional Ministry for Tourism, Commerce and Sports. University statistics Coinciding with the OPTI Foundations tenth anniversary, on the 15th November 2007, the first edition of the International Forum for Refection on the Future was held. Through this conference, the OPTI Foundation highlighted the important work carried out over the previous decade, aimed at providing intelligent information on the technology trends of the future through the development of foresight studies. The forum benefitted from the participation of figures of international importance from economic, scientific and healthcare backgrounds. Below are details of the events programme: New business models of the future How to apply human talent for the generation of new ideas and enterprises that enable us to compete in the future. Technology, information and internationalisation are keys to success. Mr. Jonas Ridderstråle, Expert in management and co-author of the international best seller on management and talent entitled Funky Business: Talent Makes Capital Dance, is considered to be a guru in the new business world and occupies the 9th position in the global ranking of experts in management, 2005 Thinkers 50. Provides consultancy services for numerous international corporations. The challenges of an ageing Europe Scientific and technological advances will increase our life expectancy and will enable us to be less dependant during our golden years. Crucial changes in social, economic and work situations in view of an ageing population. Mr. José Guimón Ugartechea. Professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of the Basque Country and the New York University. Was a member of the commission for the National Plan for the Reform of Psychiatry and President of the Spanish Commission for the Speciality of Psychiatry. Author of over 200 research projects and more than 30 books. Energy for life and global development If, as experts predict, petroleum, gas and uranium reserves run out in the not-too-distant future, which new alternative energy sources will be able to satisfy the energy needs of the global population, whilst guaranteeing sustainable development? Mr. Carlo Rubbia. 1984 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and distinguished researcher, has been a professor in the worlds most prestigious universities. Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Ex-director of the CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire), the worlds largest particle physics laboratory.