Technology enables our modern way of living. How we produce and consume, how we live and interact together is shaped by technology. More and more rapidly new technologies are developed, such as smart robots, flexible 3D-printers and sustainable energy technologies.

More efforts towards technological development are crucial for taking on the societal challenges with regard to e.g. environment, climate change, depletion of energy sources, safety and security and mobility. The realision of ambitions in these areas depends on technological developments. These developments need a coordinated effort from public knowledge institutes, industry and societal organisations both inside and outside the Netherlands. The AWTI advices the Dutch government on its contribution towards these efforts.