Therefore, the THI plans to establish a Bavarian Foresight Institute, which will focus on technology-oriented foresight research and the associated economic and social interdependencies with the intention to create synergies with the THI's technology-oriented research institutes, particularly in the areas of artificial intelligence, sustainability and mobility.
The Bavarian Foresight Institute pursues a close cooperation with companies, economic development agencies, municipalities and players in the relevant scientific community. In addition, the institute will maintain and amplify close links with Bavarian universities of applied sciences and provide them with important impulses through research results.
Research is carried out in an application-orientated context. Research results are incorporated into consulting projects, published in scientific publications and made available to the Bavarian Universities of Applied Sciences via adequate exchange forums coordinated by the Bavarian Foresight Institute, as well as transferred to industry and society. The institute advances young academics by supervising doctoral theses of the mainly third-party financed academic staff. Due to a close integration with various partners, the research institute will focus on third-party financed public projects as well as industry projects.
To create a close link between teaching and research four research professorships will be appointed in the following fields by the end of 2021:
- Strategic Foresight and Trend Analysis
- Technology Design and Applications
- Business Development and Transformation Management
- Technology Assessment and Cultural Management
Research focuses on foresight methods, technology trend analyses, scenarios through technologies, new technologies (AI, biotechnology, etc.), technology business model development, technology transformation, sustainability, technology culture, business ethics, societal resilience and the interplay of technological and cultural change.