Roberto Poli editor-in-chief of Anticipation Science (Springer)

Anticipation Science

Roberto Poli, Trento University, Italy

Scientific Board:

Ted Fuller, Lincoln University, UK

Jannie Hofmeyr, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Aloisius H. Louie, Ottawa, Canada


Anticipation Science is a new Springer peer-reviewed publication series designed to encourage debate and analysis and provide a platform for the dissemination of new research about the use of ideas of a future to act in the present, with a broad focus on humans, institutions, and human-designed systems.

The aim is to enhance the repertoire of resources for developing ideas of the future, and for expanding and deepening the ability to use the future.

Some of the questions that the Series intends to address are the following: When does anticipation occur in behavior and life? Which types of anticipation can be distinguished? Which properties of our environment change the pertinence of different types of anticipation? Which structures and processes are necessary for anticipatory action? Which is the behavioral impact of anticipation? How can anticipation be modeled?

The series is interested in receiving book proposals that

  • are aimed at an academic audience of graduate level and up
  • combine applied and/or theoretical and/or philosophical studies with work especially from disciplines within the human and social sciences broadly conceived.

The series editors intend to make a first decision within 2 months of submission. In case of a positive first decision the work will be provisionally contracted: the final decision about publication will depend upon the result of the anonymous peer review of the complete manuscript.

The series editors aim to have the work peer-reviewed within 4 months after submission of the complete manuscript.

They discourage the submission of manuscripts that are below 150 printed pages (75,000 words).

For inquiries and submission of proposals prospective authors can contact the editor-in-chief: 

Roberto Poli: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Updated version of the Conference on ANTICIPATION programme

The fourth updated version of the programme for the afternoon sessions of the 1st International Conference on Anticipation is published at the Programme page. Minor changes in the organization of the sessions are still possible.

At your best convenience please register at
and book your room. From the right side of the registration page you may download instructions about how to reach Trento and a list of hotels and other accommodations.





International Conference on ANTICIPATION: preliminary programme

The preliminary and still incomplete programme of the afternoon sessions of the 1st International Conference on Anticipation is available. Two tracks are still missing (Design and Anticipation and Sociologies of the Future) and will soon be integrated. 

The second, updated version of the programme will be published July, the 15th


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Download this file (00ParallelSessions.pdf)Preliminary program 518 kB


Another session for Anticipation Conference 2015: Sociologies of the future

Sociology has taken time (and the future) into consideration since its early years, notably in the work of such authors as Weber, Simmel, Schutz, and Mead.

However, the future has not been a significant field of inquiry in mainstream sociology despite the emergence of a sociology of the future over the 60s.

An invitation to discussion and debate about arrived from italian conveners: Carmen Leccardi (University of Milano Bicocca), Giuliana Mandich (University of Cagliari), Vincenza Pellegrino (University of Parma).

With 17 proposed thematic sessions and more than 300 abstracts arrived, the conference is still growing!



UNESCO's Sponsorship

The conference's organizers are deeply pleased to inform our readers that UNESCO has decided to sponsor the 1st International Conference on Anticipation.

While we have already received more than 150 abstracts, we think it is fair to  give interested scholars and practitioners a further chance to submit their abstracts.

For this reason, the deadline for the submission of abstracts has been postponed to June, the 15th.





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