After one year of work, the European experts from the high-level foresight expert group on "The World in 2025" will present their results in Brussels on 24 September 2009. They have identified the main trends, tensions and transitions for the world by 2025. The World in 2025 report highlights the rise of Asia not only in terms of demography and GDP but also in terms of science, technology and innovation. It point out that considering the increasing demands on natural resources, research policies in Europe will need to be aimed at addressing societal challenges like ageing population, urbanisation, climate change and energy security more systematically. They should also improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the European research system as well as bringing about a transition to a more knowledge-intensive economy and society.