Dec 31, 1997
This study was performed for the Directorate for Technology Policy, Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands. The two major purposes of the study were to (1) identify technologies of strategic importance to the Netherlands (based on a systematic global review of the future supply of technologies, the needs of Dutch industry, and the importance of the technologies to Dutch economic goals), and (2) assess the Dutch knowledge infrastructure available to support the development and use of the strategic technologies, and identify where problems in the knowledge supply exist or might arise. The information produced by the study is being used by the government in its dialogue with the business community and research networks concerning priority setting and investments in knowledge development. The project produced five reports — three are in English, and two are in Dutch. This report is based on interviews with representatives of all business segments in the Netherlands and a thorough desk study. The interviews produced insights into the problems and needs of the business segments, and into the technologies that were considered to be important for meeting their needs and solving their problems.