Identifying important issues for the future: scientific prospective studies

Every four to five years, the INSU runs a prospective study with its various laboratories and partners involving consultation with the whole community. The objective of these studies is twofold – firstly to define the current of state of the art in science and resources and secondly to define the scientific or instrumental challenges and priorities of the future.
These studies' conclusions are then used to define the Institute's overall steering plan including the future programmes and the equipment and resources required.