Call for Papers: Futures of a Complex World


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):