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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.


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


European Journal of Futures Research – Call for Papers IV

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Special Topic 2014: The Future of Europe
Guest Editor-in-Chief Markus Pausch

The European Journal of Futures Research (EJFR) invites scholars to submit articles in a topical collection on “The Future of Europe”. Contributions should explore a wide range of issues which are important for the further political, economic and social development of the European continent.

In the light of the economic crisis, crucial achievements of the EU are at stake. The common currency, the role of the European Central Bank as well as the member state contributions to the EU budget have become a matter of ongoing controversial debates. After the European elections of May 2014, institutional relations between Commission, Council and Parliament need to be rethought. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the NSA affair shed light on sensitive future issues between the EU and the United States, and the Ukrainian conflict not only raises questions on the territorial frontiers of Europe, but also on its relations to Russia. Furthermore, nationalist movements and a rising EU scepticism threaten social peace, coherence and solidarity, the unemployment rate of young people in some countries is alarming, social systems are getting more and more under pressure. All these and other current problems have an important impact on the future of Europe.

We therefore welcome papers on the above-mentioned topics that take into consideration their future dimension, such as:

– Renationalization or federation (finality question)

– Enlargement and territorial frontiers of the EU

– Relations to Ukraine and Russia

– Threats and chances of the TTIP

– Reforms of the EU budget

– Social standards and social policy

– Inter-institutional relations

– Youth unemployment

– Supranational democracy

– Social and technological innovations

– Other policy fields of the EU


In the EJFR we want to explore these issues by going beyond conventional prognoses, trend descriptions and contemporary foresight approaches.
We are therefore delighted to invite you to take part in our fourth Call for Papers, which should highlight the issues described above, but which could be illustrated from concrete projects at regional, national and transnational level. We are open to a wide range of fields and topics. However, topics discussed should be relevant to European and international readers.


Please note: Contributions to the EJFR must be in English and should not exceed 7,000 words including references. We appreciate manuscripts that are professionally proofread. All articles will be subject to double-blind peer review.

Abstracts are welcome as from now until the end of August 2014 at the latest.
Abstracts should be between 100 and 150 words and should list keywords.

19 September 2014: Papers due
15 October 2014: Notification of results of peer review
15 November 2014: Revised papers due
End of 2014: Publication online

For further information about the “Aims and Scope” of the EJFR as well as for the “Instructions for Authors” please visit our website.

Please send abstracts and/or enquiries to:
Markus Pausch, Guest Editor-in-Chief
Annemarie Hochkönig, Editor


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.