Futures of a Complex World

Futures conferences are an international forum for current and important issues. The next conference will be focusing on ‘the futures of a complex world’. It will be organised on 12–13 June 2017 in Turku, Finland.

To understand the pressing challenges of our time, we need systems thinking to grasp the evolving complexity of our world. At its core is seeing the inter-relationships rather than linear cause-and-effect chains, and seeing processes of change rather than  snapshots.

Futures studies is ultimately connected to a systems approach. Since systems thinking is a way of interpreting the universe as a series of interconnected and inter-related wholes, it offers us the tools to manage the complexity we observe around us. Thus, to grasp the future predicaments of our time requires systematic futures thinking.

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?

Session Program Published

Conference Session Program and the Book of Abstracts have been published. We will have 121 presentations in 42 workshops. There will be 8 participatory workshops and a chaired poster session. The total number of the participants is at the moment over 300 (26 May). Participants represent 29 countries. You are all warmly welcome to Turku!

Note that you will receive a printed Book of Abstracts when you register. So there is no need for you to print it (or other materials) out!

>> Session Program (pdf)
>> Book of Abstracts (pdf) 

Keynote Speakers:

Professor John L. Casti,
The X-Center (US, Austria)

Director Cornelia Daheim,
Future Impacts (Germany) and President, Foresight Europe Network

Professor René Rohrbeck,
Aarhus University (Denmark)

Professor Kristel Van der Elst,
The Global Foresight Group (Switzerland), College of Europe (Belgium)

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Latest News


Futures of a complex world. European Journal of Futures Research 2018.

Saarimaa, Riikka & Wilenius, Markku (editors) Futures of a Complex World. Proceedings of the Conference “Futures of a Complex World”, 12–13 June 2017, Turku, Finland. FFRC eBOOK 2/2018, Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku. 286 p. ISBN 978-952-249-499-3, ISSN 1797-1322.


Presentations and photos are now available.

Please, give us feedback on the conference via short questionnaire. Thank you!

Deadline for Full Papers is on 4 September.

Save the date: Next Futures Conference “Energizing Futures – Sustainable Development and Energy in Transition”, 13–14 June 2018, Tampere, Finland.

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Finland Futures Research Centre

This is the 18th International Futures Conference of the Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku. At the same time the FFRC is celebrating its 25th year of quality academic research.

The 2017 conference is organised in co-operation with the Finland Futures Academy, the National Foresight Network, Finland and Foresight Europe Network, FEN.
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