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Call for papers: 2nd European TA conference in Berlin

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Call for Papers: The Future of Responsible Research and Innovation – Drivers, Barriers, Contradictions, Timelines, Crossroads, Scenarios

This session on the future of RRI will reflect the international state of debate and research on RRI with the focus on analysing drivers of and barriers to RRI and to analyse contradictions, timelines, crossroads, and scenarios related to future developments of RRI.

As science and technology become more central to economic development, the question of future-oriented governance of science and technology gets raised repeatedly. A decade ago, the question addressed how to maximize the contribution of science and technology to economic innovation with the intention of enhancing competitiveness. Today, the question also includes how to use research and innovation to tackle grand societal challenges and to contribute to (environmental) sustainability. The concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a central discourse to address these new questions and demands. Technology Assessment, Foresight/ Forward Looking Activities (FLA) are established interdisciplinary approaches to support society and policy making by analysing, debating and shaping technoscientific issues related to the challenges and by assessing available options for governing them. Today’s concepts of RRI are based on these approaches but aim at implementing RRI in a much broader context. TA and Foresight experts and scholars are examining research fields and emerging technologies that are crucial for the future of RRI. Starting from these studies we will analyse drivers, barriers, contradictions, timelines, crossroads, and scenarios related to RRI.

We invite contributions focusing on case studies and policy related projects casino online as well as conceptual approaches and methodological questions towards the future of RRI.

The 2 hour session will be organized in two parts: First come 4 Pecha Kucha presentations followed by an interactive World Cafe.
The session invites papers to be presented as Pecha Kucha Presentations (Pecha Kucha: a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each), keeping presentations concise and fast-paced. The presentations deal with one or more of the following issues:

• What are the different futures of RRI from various perspectives?
• What are the drivers and barriers of developing and implementing RRI?
• What are the contradictions that are crucial for the further development of the concept as well as for the implementation of RRI?
• Examining the timelines, crossroads, and scenarios of future RRI

In the second part of the session, we invite scholars also to think of RRI in more comprehensive ways: in terms of processes and politics which need to be opened up to allow ‘responsible research and innovation’ to extend beyond a programmatic buzz word. The format of the second part will be a world café on the future of RRI.

Further information: Please send your abstract directly to Petra Schaper-Rinkel, Susanne Giesecke and Peter Biegelbauer


Foresight as a Tool for Policy-Making

Monday, July 7th, 2014

The European Techno-Economic Policy Support Network (ETEPS) organizes an interactive research meeting for young researchers and/or PhD students in the field of policy and prospective studies, giving rise to new dialogues and exchanges of knowledge and experience. The event is organized primarily for representatives of organizations within the ETEPS network; the meeting is however open to other applicants.

The key topic to be addressed at the meeting is the issue of insufficient utilization of foresight within the policy-making processes. The aim of the meeting is thus to discuss the benefits and limitations of foresight in policy-making in various national contexts and to explore possibilities for its higher involvement within the policy-making processes.

Those who are interested can also submit abstracts of their presentation through the Call for Abstracts. More information and instruction for registration are to be found here.


Future of Cities Award 2014

Monday, July 7th, 2014

The Ljubljana Forum is looking for the most innovative good practices in the field of developing future of cities. The Selection Committee will confer three Ljubljana Forum Awards:

– for the best already implemented project
– for the best project, which is currently being implemented
– for the most visionary project idea.

The aim of the annual Ljubljana Forum Award is to identify, promote and reward innovative good practices in the field of developing the future of cities. The Selection Criteria therefore are:

The project/project idea contributes to the Europe 2020 strategy (in terms of promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth), following the European cohesion policy objectives.

The project/project idea contributes to the development of new jobs with high added value.

The project/project idea brings added value to the development of urban areas of the South-East Europe in terms of good practice & business model transfer.

The project/project idea promotes the meaning and the identity of Europe.


Engage today to shape tomorrow

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

The focus of the 5th International Conference on Future-Oriented Technology Analysis is on the potential of FTA to “Engage today to shape tomorrow”.

There are three main conference themes that will help structure contributions and discussions:

Theme 1: FTA and Innovation Systems
Theme 2: Creative interfaces for forward looking activities
Theme 3: Cutting edge FTA approaches

The conference is open to practitioners, researchers, and decision makers from around the globe, and will feature a casino rich program of keynotes, papers, posters, workshops and knowledge labs. The conference aims at bringing these communities together to engage in discussing the use and impacts of FTA approaches and to identify and explore possible synergies and future developments.

Conference registration will open at the beginning of August.

The conference organisers encourage contributions from practitioners coming from science, business, policy making and civil society organisations. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Monday 23 June 2014.


NEXT14 – Embrace “The New Normal”

Thursday, March 6th, 2014



At­ NEXT14, great speakers will draw a picture of what ’The New Normal’ will look like in the near future. Join NEXT14 on May 5-6, 2014! Together with 1,800 international executives and entrepreneurs you will learn about ideas that currently make our jaws drop, but will become normal in no time.

NEXT started as a party for SinnerSchrader’s tenth anniversary in 2006. At that time, the conference was still located in Hamburg. But things were not destined to remain this way. The demand for tickets was too great; the feedback from the event too overwhelming. That’s why NEXT increasingly attracted a larger European public. To take account of increasing internationalisation, the conference moved to Berlin in 2010. Three years later, 2,000 people from 40 countries attended NEXT Berlin.

Today, NEXT Berlin leads the way as a meeting place for the European digital industry and is a vital driving force across borders. At the conference, marketing decision-makers and business developers meet technical experts and creative minds to discuss tech innovations and marketing trends that will fundamentally transform the way we do business. In order to stay abreast of changes, NEXT Berlin additionally organises conferences dedicated to specific emerging topics, that will have an impact on the European digital industry within the next year. Among these events are NEXT Finance as well as NEXT Service Design.


Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

The theme of 2014 ESOCITE/4S joint conference is “Science in context(s): Souths and Norths”, which refers to the opportunity for STS scholars to meet colleagues (and research traditions) from other parts of the world, giving rise to new dialogues and exchanges.

Individual abstracts and proposals for sessions should emphasize how they will make original and timely contributions to any theme relevant to science and technology studies (STS). The Joint Meeting welcomes papers, session proposals, and events that are innovative in their delivery, organization, range of topics, and type of public, and which bring new resources to the STS community to explore these new relations and themes.

Apart from traditional research papers, the Joint Meeting conference also welcomes proposals for sessions and papers using ‘new media’ or other forms of new presentation. This year, we plan to hold special sessions in which presentations are in the form of a movie or video. Movie and video submissions should be related to STS. At this stage, a brief description of the movie and length will suffice.



5th International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics 2014

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

IMCIC 2014 is an international forum for scientists and engineers, researchers and consultants, theoreticians and practitioners in the fields of Complexity, Informatics, and Cybernetics. Its Organizing Committee will consider disciplinary research articles for their possible acceptance as well as multi-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary research, studies, reflections, programs, and projects.

Besides the regular formal sessions, where papers will be presented, IMCIC 2014 Organizing Committee is planning to include in the conference program informal conversational sessions, where conceptual and theoretical commonalities and differences among Complex Science, Cybernetics and Informatics will be discussed.

For more Information you can visit the homepage or get in touch via mail.

Future Infinite Academic – Sustainable Futures in Changing Climate

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The 16th International Futures Conference organised by Finland Futures Research Centre deals with the different dimensions of Sustainable Futures in a Changing Climate.

The UN Rio 20 summit in 2012 and governmental commitments to create universal sustainable development goals have generated new and fresh debates on how to best pursue environmental sustainability with social equity. At the same time, it has become globally acknowledged that sustainable development cannot be treated without reference to climate change – and vice versa.


Sustainable development and climate change operate at local, regional and global scales, and require multidisciplinary research and cross-sectoral cooperation. Environmentally, Are you stuck using the ‘old skool’ way of advertising and marketing your school, e. socially and economically sustainable development as well as successful climate change adaptation and mitigation can only be achieved by encouraging knowledge sharing and cooperation between different sectors and decision-makers.

Futures studies offers valuable tools to understand and shape the development of our societies. The conference brings together the best experts of futures studies, climate change and sustainable development, and enhances interaction and cooperation between scientists, politicians and companies. By developing alternative future images, the goal of the conference is to present current academic research and give new viewpoints and novel ideas to decision-makers for assisting them towards more sustainable decisions.

Key audiences:

o Academics and researchers
o Research and development managers
o Representatives of governmental and municipal sectors
o Strategic planners


Future Infinite – Solving Global Challenges for Better Futures

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The future has its challenges. World population is growing rapidly, which leads to the depleting of resources, like water and raw materials. Also the world population is aging, unemployment rate of the young people is rising, climate change is causing extreme weather eventsand causing huge economic losses. We operating in a more complex environment, in which small events can lead to huge consequenses. This happened in year 2008, in global financial crises.

Luckily we are not victims of the future.

We, as the people, communities, organizations and businesses have a possibility to affect the course of the future. At the best, we are changing the future challenges to big opportunities, for new businesses, that are bringing wealth to the nations. The solutions for the future challenges might feel unbelievable today. To find them, we need to smash our conventions.

Future Infinite conference is a melting pot that brings together the most insightful people and the biggest ideas in research, government and business from around the world. The idea of the conference is that by discussing the challenges of the future in heterogenious groups we can find solutions and new practises that are making the future brighter for all of us.

Indian Ocean Futures 2014

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The Indian Ocean Futures Conference is an international conference presented by the Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute Indian Ocean Futures Initiative. It brings together academics, government, industry and communities to identify these changes and discuss the challenges for the future of the region and its peoples.



The Indian Ocean basin is rapidly becoming a powerhouse of economic, social, cultural and political development. The countries and populations around the Indian Ocean rim are already experiencing profound change. Join us in March, 2014 on the shores of the Indian Ocean in the historic port city of Fremantle for an opportunity to present, discuss and further new approaches to the region, its potentials, challenges and peoples.

The conference is particularly interested in papers that address present and future interrelationships, connections and compatibilities between three major themes and the sub-topics in each: CULTURE (communities, identities, texts, communication, the arts, tourism) SUSTAINABILITY (environment, climate, ecology, health, resources, spaces) and SECURITY (food, energy, borders, human rights, populations, education, climate, environmental).

The conference will include a creatie program of performances, exhibitions and displays as well as social events and tours.