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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.

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.

Association of Professional Futurists Annual Gathering

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The APF’s Annual Gathering will explore how the Maker Movement, Social Entrepreneurs, and the networked-enabled sharing economy are converging to create emergent change.



The gathering will exploit San Francisco’s rich resources in these areas with speakers and learning journeys. Participants will then gather using complexity and narrative foresight tools to discuss what these changes may mean for society and the foresight profession.


WorldFuture 2014: What If

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014


It might be the second-oldest question (after “why”) in the history of sentient beings. “What if” extends our minds beyond what is to contemplate what may be. It is the key we rattle in the locked doors of what we thought were unknowable futures. And it is the rejection of predetermined destinies. From “What if it rains” (and “What if it doesn’t”) to “What if the river floods my crops” to “What if we could control the rain and the river,” our constant questioning is part of our drive to explore, understand, and shape our world and our future.

The World Future Society invites you to join us for WorldFuture 2014: What If in Orlando, Florida, along with a thousand other men and women who are engaged in this fundamental drive to question our futures. We predict their answers will inspire new ideas—and even provoke new questions. And Orlando is the perfect setting to explore the imaginative nature of foresight, for futurists of all ages. A range of local activities and events will open up the playful side of innovation and creativity that will
delight attendees.

What: Preconference master courses and education summit will be held, and the Professional Members Forum will follow the conference.

Who: Strategic planners, visionary thinkers, consultants, educators, learners, and leaders from around the world.

You can visit the homepage for further information or registration.

The world is changing.   Are you ready?   We are.

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

This Strategic Foresight program is offered as a 5-day, project-based, face-to-face workshop at the University of Huston in partnership with The Destree Institute. The university has a 35 years experiance of educating foresight professionnals and offers you the Houston University Certificate in Strategic Foresight at the end of the process.

Participants learn to anticipate disruptive change and work towards the creation of transformational change, in order to influence the future of their organizations, companies and communities. Participants will receive 4 CEUs for attending, and can obtain the certificate if they complete a project within a given number of weeks after the program delivery.  

Providing professionals with tools to help navigate today’s constantly changing business environment and create a positive future for their communities, regions, enterprises and themselves.

For questions about the content please contact Dr. Peter Bishop and for questions about registration form or logistics Jonathan Collin.



Conference “Challenge Social Innovation: Innovating Innovation by Research”

Friday, September 30th, 2011

During the 19th and 21st of September, the “Challenge Social Innovation” Conference took place in Vienna, co-organized by NET4SOCIETY (the Network of Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities National Contact Points) through the support of the European Commission, the Centre for Social Innovation, Vienna and the Dortmund University of Technology. The three-day event was organized as a series of 20 plenary and break-out sessions with more than 100 speakers, based on themes ranging from policy discussion and debate to FP7 networking and engagement. Speakers and discussants from all over the world included renowned researchers and practitioners in the field of social innovation.

During the last day, focused networking sessions took place that provided information on the open call for proposals FP7-SSH-2012 that was launched in summer 2011. The networking sessions were used to call attention to the objectives of the European Foresight Platform (EFP). Dissemination material on the EFP was distributed among interested participants and attention was drawn to the possibility to join the EFP as a new correspondent for the production of briefs on new foresight initiatives. Since the conference covered a broad range of topics and provided and excellent opportunity meet potential coordinators and project partners in a structured networking environment the building of a consortium based on the EFP for the current SSH call in FP7 was discussed with several participants of the conference.

COST strategic workshop on Foresight on Future Demand for Forest-based Products and Services

Friday, September 30th, 2011

There are ongoing policy deliberations regarding forests at both an EU and pan-European level, e.g. a new forestry strategy, and the Forest Europe negotiations on legally binding instruments for forests. These procedures require timely, research-based information, but also new tools to define the common targets and the European added value for forests. In order to enable the forest-based sector to maximize its potential and thereby provide a response to the grand challenges, capacities to tackle possible futures need to be built beyond the extrapolation of past trends and developments. With this aim, a COST Strategic Workshop series is carried out in between 2010 and 2011 with the two-fold goal: First, to produce futures information based on expert workshops and internet surveys and, second, to connect foresight experts and practitioners in the forest sector and other relevant fields.

On the 13th of September, the COST Strategic Workshop on the theme “Foresight on Future Demand for Forest-based Products and Services” was held in Sekocin Stary near Warsaw with the objective to give floor for foresight activities and their results, and raise awareness on foresight in and for the forest-based sector. The two sessions, during which a series of results have been presented and examples of foresight exercises with relevance to the future of the forest sector introduced, were followed by a panel discussion on foresight, which brought together the comments and perspectives from invited foresight experts. In the framework of this panel discussion, the European Foresight Platform (EFP) was presented. The discussion of the past experiences of foresight, mainly in the forest sector, which preceded the panel discussion as well as the presentation of a new COST action proposal under the theme “Improved Foresight for the Forest Sector”, provided an ideal framework to discuss the lessons learnt from the community building, mapping and other activities of the EFP.

The purpose of the panel, and the open floor discussion following it, was to provide ideas and views for the future foresight work, such as the planned COST action. The ideas and insights could be related to e.g. important topics that should be covered, suggestions for methods and approaches that would be helpful to use, views how the future foresight work can be made more relevant for policy makers, industry, and other stakeholders.

The EFP participation in this workshop was highly welcomed by the organisers of the event and provided an excellent opportunity to call attention to the lack of correspondents involved in European forest-related foresight initiatives as part of the EFP network. In this regard valuable networking took place which will hopefully translate into an active participation of participants in the network of EFP correspondents involved in the production of foresight briefs on forest-related foresight initiatives.

Second PARADISO conference

Friday, September 30th, 2011

During the 7th and 9th of September, the second edition of the PARADISO international conference, part of the “Internet and Societies: New Innovation Paths” event organised with the support of PARADISO, was held at the European Commission in Brussels. The conference was officially opened by Ms Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission and European Digital Agenda. During the conference, keynote speakers and panelists from Europe and the rest of the world shared their visions of the future of our societies and the internet. The last session of the event was used as an occasion for the PARADISO high-level expert panel, to introduce in detail a set of recommendations to the European Commission regarding research topics to be addressed in future EU-funded programmes. The conference also included on the second day the first “Dialogue on Platforms for Collective Awareness and Action”, a one-day workshop aimed at contributing to the identification of related multidisciplinary research priorities for the last Call of FP7 and for FP8.

The European Foresight Platform (EFP) was presented during an expert panel session that was based on the theme “Looking at the future of our societies”. In the framework of this session, the main tasks and analytical results that are expected toward the end of the EFP were presented to an audience of policy makers and target groups of stakeholders. The presentation also included the positioning of the EFP in the context of the upcoming European Forum on Forward Looking Activities (EFFLA) and a brief outline of the foreseen use online casinos of the EFP results for the purpose of the EFFLA.

In sum, the PARADISO conference was a good occasion to address the key questions underpinning the different activities of the EFP to a broad audience of interested stakeholders, such as the deficits in embedding foresight in decision making contexts at the national and EU-level as well as the relations between national and EU-level FLAs. The conference, which enabled the exchange of high-level expertise, was an excellent opportunity to learn from diverse experiences in the application of foresight in addressing research challenges in relation to the exploration of how might or should our societies evolve in the next decades and to derive from this analysis how can Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), and the future internet in particular, contribute to making this future better. The participation of the EFP in this conference was highly appreciated by the organizers of the event and it offered a variety of interesting information relevant to the EFP as well as several opportunities for future collaboration of the EFP with a diversity of international projects and networks, which might also benefit the production of new EFP foresight briefs.