First International Symposium of UNESCO Chairs in Anticipatory Systems, Futures Studies and Futures Literacy

19 June 2019
20 June 2019
June 19 - 20, 2019
Segreteria Dipartimento di Sociologia Ricerca Sociale
Via Verdi, 26 - 38122 Trento
+39 0461 281322 - 281428


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Via Verdi, 26 I - 38122 Trento
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Venue: Department of Sociology and Social Research, Via Verdi 26, 38122 Trento - Kessler Room,  Ground Floor
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

This is the first meeting of the UNESCO Chairs explicitly addressing anticipation and futures literacy. The chairs' activities and their relevance for achieving the UNESCO's agenda will be discussed.
The network of the UNESCO Chairs will pave the way towards establishing anticipation and future literacy as a normal component of education and training for everybody.


June 19

10:00 – 10:10
Mario Diani, Director of the Department of Sociology and Social Research: Welcome Address

10:10 – 10:30
Riel Miller, Head of Future Literacy UNESCO Overview of UNESCO’s work on Futures Literacy and the emergence of the UNESCO Chairs in Futures Studies/Futures Literacy.

Existing Chairs Activity Overviews

10:30 – 11:00
 Markku Wilenius – Turku University, Finland
Promoting Futures Literacy. Some Reflections

Ted Fuller – University of Lincoln, UK
 Aims and Framework for Collaborations in Research and Education

11:00 – 11:30
Cristofilopoulos Epaminondas – Foundation for Research & Technology – Hellas (FORTH), Greece
Imagining the Future of Greece

11:30 – 12:00
Kais Hammami – University of Carthage, Tunisia

12:00 -14:00

New and Emerging Chairs (please note that this list is not final, additions to each panel are likely, depending on final list of participants)

14:00 – 15:30 Panel 1: Moderator: Riel Miller

  •  Edgar Göll, Institute of the Future, Germany - UNESCO Chairs: a Perspective from Futures Studies Landscape in Germany and from IZT”

  • Robin Bourgeois,  Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), France/South Africa  - “De-colonizing the Future: the Role of the Chairs in Anticipatory Systems, Futures Studies, and Futures Literacy”

  • John A. Sweeney, Narxoz University, Kazakistan - “Overview of the work of the Qazaq Research Institute for Futures Studies

  • Cornelius Holtorf, Linnaeus University, Sweden“UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures”

15:30 – 16:00
Refreshment break

16:00 – 17:30 - Panel 2
Moderator: Markku Wilenus

  • Stefan Bergheim, Center for Societal Progress and European School of Governance, Germany
    How we foster Futures Literacy Through our Current Process on Quality of Life in The Digital Era

  • Fabrice Roubelat, University of Poitiers, France
    Anticipation, Futures Studies and Strategic International Intelligence. Issues and perspectives

  • Roland Benedikter, EURAC, Italy
    DeInternationalization, Reform Globalization, Weak Cosmopolitanism? Global Change Today: Key Dimensions and Key Challenges

  • Andrée Ehresmann, France
    A Mathematical Model for Anticipation and Futures Literacy

June 20

Existing Chairs Activity Overviews

10:00 – 10:30 
Roberto Poli, University of Trento, Italy - “Futures Literacy as the Literacy for the 21st Century”

10:30 – 11:00
 Lydia Garrido, South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies, Uruguay - “Futures Literacy in Action”

11:00 – 11:30
Loes Damhof, Hanze University, Netherlands - “Futures Literacy: FLIP-ping Higher Education. On The Impact Of Pop-up FL Learning Communities”

11:30 – 12:30
Discussion of Global Futures Literacy Network, moderated by Riel Miller

12:30 -14:00

New and Emerging Chairs (please note that this list is not final, additions to each panel are likely, depending on final list of participants)

14:00 – 15:30
Panel 3: Moderator: Roberto Poli

  • Luis De Miranda, Sweden - “CREA: Cross-Disciplinary Research on Effectual Anticipation at Örebro University”

  • Joseph Voros, Australia - “The coming civilizational transition: Profiling the Implications for Energy, Economy, Environment, Politics, Society, and Culture”

  • Maya Van Leemput, Belgium - “Taking Images of the Futures Literally”

  • Fabián Labra-Spröhnle, New Zealand - “Anticipation and Medicine: considerations for a balanced dialogue”

15:30 – 16:00
Refreshment break

16:00 – 17:30
Panel 4: Moderator: Ted Fuller

  • Thomas Gauthier, France - “Organizational Futures”

  • Drazen Maravic, Serbia - “Building Good Governance for the Future”

  • Nicklas Larsen, Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies, Denmark“Futures Literacy from a Health Perspective”

Closing discussion: Towards the Discipline of Anticipation: What are the strategic priorities for the UNESCO Chairs?

June 21

UNESCO Chairs – Global Futures Literacy Network

9:30 – 12:30 (not open to public session)


How to Apply


  • Prof. Roberto POLI, Università di Trento

Commissione Nazionale Italiana per l'UNESCO


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