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FRESHER Final Conference

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

On 7 December the final conference of the FRESHER project: “Foresight and Modelling for European Health Policy and Regulation” will happen.

What is the aim of the conference?

The conference will present the results from the project’s interdisciplinary research, focusing on future health scenarios and their quantified future impact on non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs).

What can you expect?

Partners including the OECD, Austrian Institute of Technology, ISINNOVA, INSERM, Istituto Superiore di Sanità and Aix-Marseille University will present project highlights and results that may shape the future of health in Europe.

Expect a high level of audience involvement, through Q&As as well as an audience discussion on the impact of health and non-health policies in order to contain the burden of NCDs and increase health and well-being across the continent.

Explore the new agenda here

Registration and more information

Foresight Film Festival

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

The Foresight Filmfestival is the first science-vision festival that invites visionaries from research, film making, media, and society to
discuss the questions of “How do we want to live? How will we live?” It is also the opportunity to take a look into the future from both a technological
and societal standpoint and begin developing concrete visions together to shape the future.

Date and Time:
The Foresight Filmfestival No. 3 is scheduled to take place in Halle (Saale) on October 26, 2017, starting at 6:00 p.m.. It will also be
broadcast online on

Who Can Participate?
Visionaries from all disciplines – research, media, film making, culture – that are excited about working with one another, competing with one
another, and challenging oneself to discuss and convey their visions for the future in short films all in the interest of society.

2017 Discussion Topics:

1. Foresight Update
Your filmic answers to urgent, forward-looking questions concerning society and technology, in short: your vision – our world of tomorrow.

2. City, Country, Interspace
Where will we live in the future? In megacities with skyscrapers, stretched for miles? On the flat countryside in self-supporting communities? In small towns digitally connected to the whole world?

The clips should be a minimum of thirty seconds and a maximum of fifteen minutes long. Requested file formats: .mov and .mp4 with an
H264 encoding. We look forward to receiving films in HD resolution (720p or 1080p with an aspect ratio of 16:9). The data rate (bit rate) should be at least 5000 kbit/s.

The deadline for submitting spots is August 6, 2017.

Please find more information here:

Call for Papers: 3rd Annual International Conference on Foresight

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

The Call for Papers for the 3rd Annual International Conference on Foresight, 19-22 June 2017, Athens, Greece is open until 20 February, 2017. The conference is organised by the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) and sponsored by the Athens Journal of Technology & Engineering.

The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars, researchers and students from all areas of Futures Studies and other related disciplines. Following topics will be included:

  • 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

For more Information on the submission process follow this link:

For general information on the conference follow this link:

Call for Papers: Eu-SPRI Annual Conference 2017

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

The Call for Papers for the Eu-SPRI Annual Conference is still open until 13 February 2017. The conference with the title “The Future of STI – The Future of STI Policy”. The conference is organised by the Center for Innovation Systems & Policy of AIT Austrian Institute of Technology and takes place on 7-9 June 2017, in Vienna, Austria.

In the 2017 conference we want to pay special attention to changing practices and patterns of science, technology development and innovation (STI). Not least because of the influence of ICT-enabled novel methods, new ways of doing research and innovation have been established over the past years, and will continue to do so in the next years. They will change the relationship between citizens and science, decision-makers and stakeholders and redraw the landscape of research and innovation actors. The value networks of existing industries will be transformed and the industrial landscape changed, with emerging economies expected to play a much more significant role than today. Furthermore, research will address questions of global significance, and multi-disciplinary communities are increasingly driven by the need to find solutions to such global issues and challenges.

For STI policy research, these upcoming changes will undoubtedly bring about new requirements and challenges. Therefore, the conference also aims to trigger a debate about the future of the discipline(s) of STI policy research.

Follow this link to read the guidelines for submission:


Follow this link for general information on the Eu-SPRI Annual Conference:

Call for Participation: Macro-Regional Innovation Week

Friday, July 22nd, 2016


The Macro-Regional Innovation Week takes place in Trieste, Italy on September 26-30, 2016, and follows the theme “At the crossroads of three European Macro-Regions: Danube, Adriatic-Ionian and Alpine Regions”. The event focus on the exchange of best practices and knowledge among local and international policy and decision makers, academics, financial actors and various types of innovation and technology transfer practitioners. The week is intended to facilitate the exchange of views and knowledge among this plethora of stakeholders with a focus on supporting the development of a competitive innovation ecosystem across the macro-regions. The seminars and workshops will target contiguous regions that are relevant because of significant historical and economic ties and because of their inclusion in overlapping macro-regional strategies (e.g. Danube Strategy, Adriatic-Ionian Strategy or Alpine Region Strategy).

Places for this programme are limited and the participation is free of charge. The targeted training is intended for technology transfer and intellectual property (IP) commercialisation professionals from universities, research centres or investors. Professionals from the Danube region and the Western Balkan countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) will be given a priority. Successful applicants are expected to demonstrate experience in the areas of IP management and commercialisation.

For more information on the event and the application process follow this link:

Report: Foresight Film Festival in Halle, Germany

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

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Foresight is looking into new ways of connecting to a wider public audience and one of the alternatives to lengthy and academic reports are movies. The second Foresight Film Festival, took place in the small university town of Halle (near Leipzig, Germany), and displayed poetic, fascinating yet disruptive film clips in three categories: “digital competence”, “from do-it yourself to do-it-together”, and “the future is open space”. A jury composed of university lecturers, artists, policy makers, journalists and scientists selected 16 out of the 56 submitted works. The selected clips were presented to a large audience in Halle, June 30, followed by the nomination of winners for each of the three film categories.

The first prize in “digital competence” was awarded to “OmnisFi – the upgrade for quality of life,” by the Austrian filmmaker Dominik Bücheler. The clip placed emphasis on the aestheticization of today’s commercials, zooming into a perfect-world where everybody is happy and successful by consuming beauty. Appalling and alluring. The first prize for the second category, “from do-it yourself to do-it-together,” went to “Comfortable Protest” by the Russian artist Elena Artemenko. Ironic and political, in her work Artemenko explains how to make public rallies ecologically feasible and more comfortable for protesters (the “make a protester comfortable kit” included a reusable whiteboard (for signs/slogans), an umbrella and three table legs to be used with the banner as a stool)). During an interview the artist pointed out that the Russian government would prefer all protesters to be comfortable. We understand her contribution as an artistic reflection of that preference. In the third category “the future is open space” the first prize went to a documentary on cooperative wind energy production on a northern German island, named “Pellworm open landscape” and produced by the German team Dokworkers Filmproduktion (Wolfgang Gaube, Uta Kolano, Vincent Kolano).

This year, two additional prizes were awarded, one for young talents, and one audience award. The young talents’ award was sponsored by the DASA Arbeitswelt Ausstellung Dortmund and went to the movie “Step One”. A very aesthetic and lyrical documentary was presented by the young German filmmaker Lea Dinger on a Panamanian volunteer grass-root initiative for turtles’ conservation. Last but not least, the audience selected “Joco 2034” as the most innovative Foresight film of 2016. This is a documentary about the future of a local store where customers and producers work together on custom-made products and services. Its predecessor actually exists in the city center of Nuremberg. The documentary was produced by Patricia Petsch and Christina Müller.

Although it was not always clear what the criteria for the award nomination were, for example: artistic design, originality, foresightedness, etc., the 16 clips presented an extensive variety of reflections of our present and their culmination, at times, in quite near future. Despite the announcement of one of the major sponsors, the German Ministry of Education and Research, to terminate their financial contributions towards the festival, the audience’s overall reaction was positive, bringing hope for the future of the event. Local supporters of the film festival and the co-sponsor Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg are confident that there will be a third festival next year. More international flair in terms of reach and contributions would definitely help to promote this grand idea of merging film and foresight.

All selected 16 films can be watched online:

Call for Papers: Futures of a Complex World

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016


The call for papers, posters and performances for the next Finland Futures Research Centre’s conference happening on the 12th and 13th of June 2017 in Turku is now open. The conference will be focusing on the guiding theme “Futures of a Complex World”. In order to meet this theme the organisers ask academics, researchers and professionals to present their work which preferably deals the following questions: What are the main challenges in an era of an uncertain world? How to create sustainable futures based on empathy? What is the role of futures research in identifying opportunities for action that are fair and resilient while remaining agile in a global and complex world?

Like in the past years, the conference program will consist of keynote lectures, concurrent sessions, participatory workshops, performances and social activities with the aim to generate critical, multidisciplinary and stimulating discussions and to promote networking between people from different backgrounds. The structure of the conference will be guided by following key topics:

  • Complexity and systems thinking
  • Resilient futures
  • Futures of education, learning and work
  • Futures of consumption and the economy
  • Futures of democracy, society and values
  • Technology foresight, an era of transformation, human and technology interaction
  • Challenges and opportunities for global governance
  • Methods and methodology of futures research

The 18th International Futures Conference of the Finland Futures Research Centre is organised in co-operation with the Finland Futures Academy, the National Foresight Network, Finland and the Foresight Europe Network, FEN. It is targeted to academics, authorities, policymakers and representatives from the governmental organisations and NGOs, students and all interested in futures research.

Dates and Details

Deadline for the abstracts: 2nd December 2016

Notification of acceptance: 16th December 2016

Registration opens: January 2017

Early bird registration ends: 31st March 20

Call for papers (pdf):



Foresight Filmfestival: Science Meets Vision

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

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On June 30, 2016, the Foresight Filmfestival will take place in Halle, Germany. Researchers, scientists, makers and project developers are welcome to advertise for what they are working on and what excites them. Film and media professionals expand their ideas from their perspective. In four minute long short films creatives will present their vision of how technological development can influence our lives in ten to twenty years – all of this based on scientific foundation.

The Foresight Film Festival takes selected topics of the BMBF-Foresight process (Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany) and is the first Science-Vision Festival, which invites visionaries from research, film, media, society, to come together during this week, to take the look into the future both from a technological and social point of view, and to manifest visions in words and moving images for a common future. The focus is always on one question: How do we want, how will we live?

Follow this link for more information (in German):


Job offer: Scientist in the thematic area Foresight

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

AIT Austrian Instiute of Technology is hiring a Scientist in the thematic area Foresight, which is part of the Innovation Systems Department.

For more information follow this link: Scientist in the thematic area foresight (PDF)

Adaption Futures 2016

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

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Adaptation Futures, the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA), will be held in Rotterdam from 10 to 13 May 2016. The fourth PROVIA worldwide adaptation conference highlights adaptation practices and solutions for people, governments and businesses, and aims to move climate change adaptation forward by promoting solutions across sectors, borders and communities. Scholars, practitioners, policymakers and business people from all around the world will meet and get the chance to exchange new and practical ideas, experiences and insights for climate change adaptation. Participants are invited to share their research findings, public and commercial solutions, and policy issues. They are asked to demonstrate how their findings might be applicable to other communities, countries or sectors.

Three types of sessions are offered: science sessions, practice sessions (including policy practice) and combined science-practice sessions. Proposals are invited for full sessions that fit one of the three categories, as well as abstracts for individual presentations in the science sessions. The organizers are particularly interested in combined science-practice sessions. Many companies and public authorities contribute to scientific research, or conduct research themselves. Science sessions are therefore open to those wishing to present scientific findings and solutions relevant to climate change adaptation. Businesses, practitioners, policymakers, designers, investors and decision makers can also interact with scientists to explore and discuss solutions to the adaptation challenge in practice sessions, or propose solution-oriented science-practice sessions.

Follow this link for more information on the session and submission guidelines!


Adaption Futures 2016

May 10 – 13, 2016

Postillion Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam

Beursplein 37

Rotterdam, Netherlands