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Potential Future EIT Thematic Areas

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has been developing the next Strategic Innovation Agenda 2021 -2027 (SIA) since October 2016. An integral part of this process is the identification of potential future global, major societal challenges to address. The first part of this process consisted of a mapping aimed at identifying the major challenges of concern to citizens covered by the current EIT Innovation Communities and those not yet covered. The outcome of this mapping clearly indicated that the existing Innovation Communities already cover the majority of societal challenges and priorities in their respective areas. On this basis and building on foresight studies and EU or international strategic documents (in particular the European Commission’s Bohemia study, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Institute for Future Studies, the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, etc.) additional major societal challenges have been identified.