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Futures Studies and Foresight - Finland, Turku 2015

piksel„Tulevaisuuden tutkimuskeskus” means "futures studies" in Finnish, which was the key theme of 2015 Futures Studies Tackling Wicked Problems: Where Futures Research, Education and Action Meet conference organized by Finland Futures Research Centre under the auspices of World Futures Studies Federation.

260 representatives from 33 countries ready to actively shape the future in their organisations and regions met each other on the 11th and 12th of June 2015 at the University of Turku.

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Main conference themes

Presentations, posters, workshops tackled the following :

  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.

The core topic within the stream on methodologies related to the quality criteria of foresight projects and selected presentations showed the activities that have been carried out i.e. in Germany or Finland to identify such criteria and to develop a common framework for evaluation of futures research. Two papers were the basis for discussion: Quality Criteria for Scientific Futures Research1 by Osmo Kuusi, Kerstin Cuhls and Karlheinza Steinmüllera, and Quality criteria of futures research and its futures map paradigm by Osmo Kuusi, The last one evaluated 4 papers published in the European Journal of Futures Research2

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Quality Standards and criteria of futures studies: Classification 
Source: K. Steinmüller Some remarks on quality in futures studies: 
The TFS approach

3ITeE – PIB contribution to the conference included A. Sacio-Szymańska’s presentations: "Technology Foresight in public research organisations: A case study analysis" (co-authored by: Beata Poteralska and Adam Mazurkiewicz) for the session on Methodological challenges in business foresight, and "Foresight in the enterprise, Polish perspective" (co-authored by: A. Kononiuk from Białystok University of Technology) for the session: Methodological challenges of regional differences.

4Natural resource exploitation, global and national security or future conscious mindset of the society were the topics of three presentations (from among over one hundred), which give a flavour of wide array of themes touched upon by foresight scientists and practitioners.

The first ppt: Resource Exploitation, the Human Factor, delivered by Ugo Bardi (University of Firenze) referred to irresponsible use of natural resources by humankind. WIn the second one: Strategic foresight as policy consulting: A report from the engine room of the German Armed Forces Planning Office, Olaf Theiler gave overview on some foresight research in the field of security executed by Federal Defence Forces of Germany. In the third presentation: New Consciousness in Transformational Neo-Growth Society Sirkka Heinonen (Finland Futures Research Centre) stressed the fact of educating the society towards understanding that Future equals Change, which might be incremental, systematic, radical, fundamental or transformational (www.neocarbonenergy.fi).

After the conference, the representatives of Foresight Europe Network spent 1,5 days discussing opportunities of scientific-research collaboration under EU-programmes. FEN is the network of public and private entities, which represent Europe within Millennium Project. Poland is represented by 4CF; whereas ITeE – PIB is in the process of drawing a partnership agreement with the Central and East European Node of the Millenium Project. Future of Work 2050 was one of the topics discussed during the event, triggered by Jerome Glenn3 and his presentation about the outcomes of a global Delphi survey.

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[1] Futura 1/2015

[2] Beata Poteralska, Anna Sacio-Szymańska’s, Ewaluation of Technology Foresight projects being one of them, European Journal of Futures Research, November 2013, 2:26 http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40309-013-0026-1

[3] Millennium Project Director and member of the European Commission expert group on Knowledge Triangle: Innovation, Research, and Higher Education 2050 Scenarios.

 

 

 

 

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