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2nd Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies 2015

Monday, November 9th, 2015

2nd Worldwide Meeting of Young Academies 2015

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission’s in-house science service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy. Shortly after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and just ahead of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Paris (COP21), the JRC organises a joint conference together with the Global Young Academy (GYA) and the Young Academy of Sweden (YAS) to discuss the role of science and scientific evidence in sustainable development.

On 16 November there will be a lecture by Hans Rosling, professor of International Health at the Karolinska Institutet on global trends in health and economics. On 17 November representatives from the JRC, research institutions, young academies, international institutions and Swedish government representatives will discuss the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and more particularly how science can support policy making in sustainable development.

The aim of the conference is to find best practices at international level in channelling scientific evidence in support to the implementation, evaluation and monitoring of policies and actions towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Young academics will be asked to support the work after the UN Summit of September 2015 and the COP21 in December into their future role as scientists. In order to share experiences and expectations from the work ahead young academics are very welcome to engage in this debate.

First International Conference on ANTICIPATION

Monday, August 17th, 2015

The First International Conference on ANTICIPATION wil be held from November 5-7 2015 in Trento, Italy.The conference is part of an project by the UNESCO chair in Anticipatory Systems which main purpose is to centralize the study of anticipation and to define the Discipline of Anticipation as a cohesive body of knowledge. Therefore the chair addresses different key questions such as: Are there different kinds of anticipation? Are anticipations imposed by the mind, or are they aspects of reality, or does anticipation involve a relation with both? Which are the connections between the discipline of Anticipation and Futures Studies?

The conference aims at bringing together experts and other interested parties to promote to discuss these questions from different perspectives. Under the patronage of UNESCO, the conference is organized by the UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems, together with WAAS-World Academy of Art and Science, ISSS-International Society for the Systems Sciences, the Advanced Design Network, and the Department of Sociology and Social Sciences of the University of Trento. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Anticipation in the human and social sciences
  • Anticipation and decision-making
  • Anticipation and global social challenges
  • Anticipatory governance and resilience of societies
  • Anticipation and Futures Studies
  • Anticipation in fiction, the arts, design and gaming
  • Modeling anticipation.

Invited Speakers: Arjun Appaduray, Jens Beckert, Julian Bleecker, Riel Miller, Martin Seligman, and Olin Wright.

Recognising the importance of Anticipation, special Issues of the Journals Axiomathes, Cadmus, European Journal of Futures Research, and Futures will be published from peer reviewed conference contributions. Fee at early registration (before September 1, 2015): 150 €, after that date 200 €. Deadline for registration is October 20, 2015.

Call for Papers: International Conference on Foresight, Athens

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) organizes its International Conference on Foresight in Athens, Greece, on 22-25 June 2015. The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars, researchers and students from all areas of Futures Studies and other related disciplines. The Conference will include topics such as:

  • Culture, Civilization and Humanity, Transhumanity
  • Science – Technology and Economy
  • Science – Technology and Society
  • Economics and Politics
  • Economic, Social and Environmental Sustainability
  • Political Economy, Policy, Economy and Society (Individual and Common, Globalization and Regionalism, Autonomy and Interdependence)
  • Foresight Methodology, Tools and Techniques

Call for papers ends on March 2nd, 2015. If you are interested in presenting please submit a 300-word abstract, by e-mail to:, using the abstract submission form available at Abstracts should include the title of paper, full name (s), affiliation, current position, e-mail address and at least three keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within four weeks. If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements.

Further information on the conference website.

HTAi Annual Meeting 2015

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

The 12th HTAi annual meeting will be held from June 14-17, 2015, in Oslo, Norway under the motto “Global Efforts in Knowledge Transfer: HTA to Health Policy and Practice”. Following this theme the annual meeting is focused on the latest and best thinking regarding the dissemination of HTA reports, uptake of HTA findings and implementation of decisions informed by HTA. The entire range of applications of HTA will be considered, across the types of health technologies, health systems, geographic regions, and decision makers.

In addition to the main theme, three sub-themes are examined in plenaries, workshops and panels:

  1. Producing HTA: Knowledge in the 21st century – what, when and how?
  2. Using HTA: Needs of decision makers, clinicians and patients
  3. International collaboration in knowledge synthesis and transfer: Is it worth the effort?

The event is organized by the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services in collaboration with HTA agencies from Sweden, Denmark and Finland. You will find further information on the conference website.

World Conference of Futures Research 2015

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

The 17th International Futures Conference organized by the Finland Futures Research Centre and the Finland Futures Academy will be held from June 11-12, 2015, in Turku, Finland. This conference leads the way in combining academic conference tradition with new ways of participation. Going by the title “Futures Studies Tackling Wicked Problems: Where Futures Research, Education and Action Meet” it is an international forum for the philosophies, methods, ideas and concrete examples to find out what is going on in the field of futures research, education and action.

In this conference the tradition meets new ways of participation: academia meeting activism and experience meeting enthusiasm. The program will consist of keynote lectures, parallel sessions, panel discussions and performances on six themes:

  1. Philosophy of Futures Studies
  2. Methodologies
  3. Futures Education and Learning
  4. Studies on Futures Research
  5. Evolving Identity of Futures Research
  6. Futures Movement and New Creative Cultures

Following these themes the conference will work collaboratively discussing research, initiatives and projects. The aim of the conference is to harness the views of preferable futures and methods for reaching them and also to generate multidisciplinary, lively and productive discussions, as well as promote networking between people from different backgrounds. The event is organized in co-operation with World Futures Studies Federation, Otava Folk High School Co-Operative Society, The Finnish Society for Futures Studies and Turku University of Applied Sciences.

More information is available on the conference website.

2nd European TA conference in Berlin

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

After the first conference on European Technology Assessment (TA) held in Prague, 2013, the PACITA network (“Parliaments and Civil Society in Technology Assessment”), a network of TA institutions from across Europe, holds its second European TA conference on February 25-27, 2015, in Berlin. The Conference will take place under the motto “The Next Horizon of Technology Assessment”. It will consider, among other topics, the role of TA with regard to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Europe’s Grand Societal Challenges.

The overall aim of the conference is to take stock of and support the exchange on TA capacities throughout Europe. Following the successful meeting of researchers, TA practitioners, policy makers and casino online civil society organizations at the first European TA Conference, the organizers “… look forward to continue the fruitful discussions and networking at the second European TA Conference in Berlin.”

Generally, the PACITA project and the conference define “Technology Assessment” in a broad sense. TA comprises methods, practices and institutions for knowledge based policy making on issues involving science, technology and innovation, including TA-related fields such as Foresight, Science and Technology Studies (STS) and research on Ethical, Legal and Societal Aspects (ELSA) of science and technology.

Further information available on the conference website.

VERA final conference – Forward Visions on the European Research Area

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

This conference will be the final event of the VERA Forward Visions on the European Research Area project. The conference is targeted at policy makers at the European level concerned with Science, Technology and Innovation Policies (STIP) and at stakeholder groups having followed and participated in VERA activities before. It is open to experts and everybody interested in the subject.

The VERA foresight process focuses on the European Research and Innovation Landscapes and Governance in 2030. It is – inspired by profoundly different future scenarios – an exercise to look for policy issues we need to prioritize today. In that sense, we are trying to build a consensus among STI stakeholders: Looking out for those issues which appeared repeatedly in the different VERA backcasting approaches with stakeholders in focus groups and the VERA sympo­sium as well as in a “policy lensing” analysis done by the VERA team.

The conference will offer these insights relevant for all STI policy makers, and it shall feed and inspire structured debates about the future of the European Research Area (ERA) and the political and societal priorities underpinning its (r)evolution.

Registration will soon be available. Reimbursement of travel costs will be available to a limited extend. Please check options with the organizers if needed and do not hesitate to contact Elisabetta Marinelli or Stephanie Daimer for any further query on the issue.

Welfare, Wealth, Work for Europe – Best Paper Award

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Even before the financial crisis it has become evident that Europe needs a new, future-oriented strategy to regain an economically, socially and environmentally viable position. The mission of the project WWW for Europe is to derive a strategy for a more dynamic, inclusive and sustainable Europe. Our tentative results indicate that this is possible if Europe goes for a “high-road strategy” based on quality, skills and innovation. Based on this strategy Europe should try to become a role model for the globalised world.

In the frame of this research project a “Best Paper Award” will be granted for scientific advances in the following fields:

– Increasing resilience of the economic and financial system
– Financing the welfare state in a low growth scenario
– Options to reduce working time (who, how, why, enforcement)
– Implications of low growth for distribution, social mobility, and openness
– Case studies of social and economic consequences of low growth



Submission of papers: November 16th, 2014

Notification of the winners: January 30th, 2015
Presentation of the Best Paper Award: May 6th, 2015

More details are also available by contacting


nanoFIS 2014 – Functional Integrated nanoSystems

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

The 1st International Conference on Integrated Functional nano Systems nanoFIS 2014 intends to contribute to challenges and topics covered by the Mission, Vision & Strategy of the European Micro- & Nanoelectronics. It also aims to increase visibility in particular in the More-Than-Moore domain and will highlight latest R&D results in the following topics:

Advanced Functional Materials
System Integration & Packaging
Innovative Manufacturing Processes

There will also be a Panel Discussion on “Airbus of Chips – Feasible European Reality or Science Fiction?“ and a Poster Award and Exhibition.


R&I strategies and policy priorities in new mission-oriented programs: The case of security

Friday, July 11th, 2014

ETTIS – European Security Trends and Threats in Society is a EU FP7 collaborative research project focused on identifying and assessing opportunities for enhancing societal security, improving situation awareness and informing investment and policy options for societal security. ETTIS aims to construct a comprehensive framework which can be used in the formulation of future decisions and security R&I policies.

This workshop is organized to bring together policy-makers, program developers, R&I planners and researchers dealing with future strategies for security R&I and related areas. The aim of the workshop is to discuss emerging challenges for R&I programming and policy, and the ETTIS approach to R&I priority-setting.

Key notes and a panel discussion in the morning will be complemented by working groups on the ETTIS pilot topics in the afternoon, with the aim of critically revisiting the approach and results of ETTIS, and exploring future ways ahead.

The ETTIS consortium, Austrian Institute of Technology, Swedish Defence Research Agency and the Peace Research Institute Oslo, would very much appreciate your participation and collaboration in this workshop. For further information on the ETTIS project please visit the projects website.

Early bird registrations can be sent to Beatrice Rath.