The Strategies for the information Society (SiS) expertise group contributes to the development and deployment of innovative ICT applications. On a more strategic level, this technology knows how to translate its knowledge into visions, concepts and strategies. Based within the main TNO theme Information Society, SiS has a distinctive position by focusing on and taking a mainly socio-economic perspective, such as service innovation, the creation of strategic visions for the information society, with active contributions to the public debate.
The Innovation and Environment (I&E) expertise group is one of Europe’s leading units on the topic of innovation, sustainability, and (interactive) policy making, with a staff of about 45 multidisciplinary policy advisors. The group also provides support for complex decision making processes ranging from learning trajectories, spatial-economic analyses and cost-benefits analysis (CBA), monitoring and evaluation, foresight and scenario development, actor and system analyses aimed, for instance, at urban renewal, industrial innovation, innovation trajectories, sustainability issues and environmental risks. I&E works with and for its clients at the national and the international level on the development of knowledge, vision and guidance in strategic matters concerning spatial planning, regional innovation and environmental innovation. International clients include the European Commission (e.g. DG Environment, DG Regio, DG Research, DG Enterprise & Industry). The group also has an important function within the larger TNO research organisation of integrating technical research and expertise of other TNO business units, in policy making processes.