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 compares the knowledge buildup to the knowledge needs in the 15 technology fields identified as being strategic to the Netherlands. The report is based on interviews with technology demanders and technology suppliers in each of the 15 technology fields. The interviews identified possible gaps or problems between the demand for and the supply of these technologies and raised questions and issues for further discussion.