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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

Call for Papers: OECD Blue Sky 2016

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

OECD Blue Sky 2016

The call for papers for OECD Blue Sky Forum 2016, held in Ghent, Belgium on 19-21 September 2016, is now open until 14th of March 2016. This major OECD event, which takes place every ten years, will gather science, technology and innovation practitioners around a discussion on evidence gaps and data needs. Examples of data and indicator development with the potential for international adoption will be showcased, as well as examples of ground-breaking application of existing or new sources addressing questions and providing evidence on the state of science and innovation systems and the role of STI policies worldwide.

The European Commission has established through DG Research & Innovation intense cooperation with the OECD’s Science, Technology and Innovation Directorate. This cooperation has resulted in the launch of the STI Policy Survey 2016, which this year and for the first time is a joint product by both institutions. In addition, comprehensive work on the incidence and impact of R&D tax incentives has been launched and an observatory for public sector innovation is being set up.

In this context, the upcoming OECD Blue Sky Forum shall take the form of an unconstrained discussion on evidence gaps in science and innovation and on initiatives the international community can take to address data needs in this area. It will engage the policy community, data users and providers into an open dialogue to review and develop a long-term agenda on science, technology and innovation data and indicators.

The organisers welcome you to:

  • submit original contributions on your preferred STI theme (as it is “blue sky”, the focus of these inputs is not constrained)
  • diffuse the call to all those who can help develop a forward-looking and policy-relevant agenda on STI measurement.

Follow this link to find all background information and guidelines for the call for papers:

URBAN FUTURE Global Conference 2016

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

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On March 2 and 3, 2016 the URBAN FUTURE Global Conference, one of the world’s largest events for sustainable city development, will happen in Graz. Austrian’s second biggest city will become an international hot spot for concepts about cities of the future. Around 1,500 participants will be able to hear about the newest developments in urban mobility, climate protection, resource preservation and communication in large cities. City changers from four continents like for example former Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit, Israeli city development expert Hila Oren and Danish-Canadian mobility expert Mikael Colville-Andersen will be present their ideas and engagement at the conference.

At the centre of the conference will be an open, critical exchange of experiences and learning in the area of sustainable city development. In 40 sessions about the four core themes mobility, city planning, communication and resource preservation, the participants get the chance to exchange their thoughts on such varied subjects as bicycle friendliness, regulations for sustainable buildings and digitalisation in cities. Furthermore The this years “Smart Cities Days”, the most important Austrian event of its kind, will take place within URBAN FUTURE for the first time. Key partners of the URBAN FUTURE Global Conference 2016 include the World Bank Group, the European Commission, the Committee of Regions and the city of Graz. In addition, the conference enjoys the support of around 75 global organisations and companies.

Have a look into the program here:

Registrations can be made via this link:


URBAN FUTURE Global Conference

Date: 2 – 3 March 2016

Venue: Messecongress Graz, Austria

Go4 Joint Final Conference

Monday, December 21st, 2015

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If you would like to start the year with new insights in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) you should not miss this event: The Go4 Joint Final Conference on RRI hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on January 14 and 15, 2016 in Brussels. The conference with the leading theme “Responsible Research and Innovation in Europe and across the World: Shaping new Horizons” is a collaboration between Res-AGorA ( and three other EU funded RRI projects: GREAT, Responsibility and ProGReSS (Go4).

The EU seeks to become a genuine Innovation Union by 2020, striving for excellent science, competitive industry, and a better society without compromising on sustainability, ethical acceptability or societal desirability. Responsible Research and Innovation, RRI, is a governance approach that supports the Innovation Union. There is an active debate on how best to translate the broad aims of the Innovation Union into principles and concrete actions for RRI. While the discourse on RRI is far from being settled, an impressive number of RRI activities have unfolded over the past few years. The European Union’s funding of dedicated RRI research projects and coordination activities has significantly contributed to this development.

The first wave of these projects, the Go4, will be ready to present their findings, conceptual developments, concrete messages and policy recommendations on 14-15 January 2016.

Have a look into the programme here:

Registrations for this event should be done until December 31 2015 via this link:

“Responsible Research and Innovation in Europe and across the World: Shaping new Horizons”
Date: 14 – 15 January 2016
Venue: EESC Brussels, Belgium


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.