First International Conference on ANTICIPATION: Registration is open




Registration to the First International Conference on

ANTICIPATION - 5-7 November 2015, Trento (Italy) is open:


Key-note speakers: Arjun Appadurai, Jens Beckert, Julian Bleecker, Riel Miller, Martin Seligman, and Erik Olin Wright.

To contribute please specify a suitable session and send a one-page abstract to anticipation.trento2015(at) before June 15, 2015.


The Program Committee invites proposals for contributions to be held within the main conference or within thematic sessions.


Proposed contributions should be coherent with the themes of the conference as described on the conference webpage; they may be focused on already proposed sessions or on other emerging topics of interest, such as approaches, methods, and new concepts related to anticipation. The Program committee welcomes proposals from either scholars or associations. Particularly welcome are proposals that highlight interdisciplinary work.


Further information will be available from Project Anticipation, the website of the UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems.

Conference fee:

  • Early registration (before 1 September 2015): € 150
  • Late registration (from 1 September 2015): € 200

Important dates

  • Abstract submission: 15 June 2015
  • Final program: 30 June 2015
  • Early registration: Before 1 September 2015
  • Deadline registration: 20 October 2015







Debating Responsible Research and Innovation

 ‘Responsible research and innovation’ (RRI) is a discourse and policy framework that has emerged in recent years especially in Europe; while, the discourse of ‘anticipatory governance’ is a largely parallel and possibly more diffuse framework developed in the United States.

RRI has been described as a ‘transparent, interactive process, by which societal actors and innovators become mutually responsive to each other, with a view on the acceptability, sustainability and societal desirability of the innovation process and its marketable products’.

Debates about and experiments with the new framework of RRI are spreading quickly rising new questions.

The dedicated session scheduled for the Anticipation Conference, 5-7 November 2015, Trento (Italy) aims to promote a conversation between theoretical and empirical contributions coming from a variety of disciplinary perspectives (including from science and technology studies, sociology, philosophy, political science, amongst others).


Anticipating Nature: environmental sciences and the Earth Future

An explicit and trans-disciplinary focus on the future can improve scientific support to decision and policy making in natural resource management or in facing natural disasters.

A special session within the international Conference on Anticipation, will focus on the state-of-the-art of anticipatory applications in natural sciences looking at the interaction between humans and nature, the aims is creating a profitable conversation about methodological proposals and progresses related to the anticipation.

Further information here.


Education and the Future

Education has long been understood as one of the primary mechanisms by which societies and individuals have sought to tame the future by acting on the present: future needs are forecast, educational interventions are designed, human capabilities and certificates that can act as talismans against future insecurity are achieved.

How, then, might we begin to reconceptualise an educational system that is able to build personal, collective and societal capacity to hope and to create better futures in conditions of ongoing and radical disruptions?

What new educational structures and practices – both inside and outside conventional schools and universities – are emerging in these conditions?

What new conceptions of ‘being educated’ are emerging in these conditions and which should we be working towards?

Keri Facer (University of Bristol) and Sarah Amsler (University of Lincoln) invite to participate to the featured session of Anticipation Conference 2015 dedicated to education, and to submit an abstract by June 15, 2015.


Philosophy and the Future

While philosophy has primarily been focused on the past, many more philosophers than expected have considered the future as a privileged dimension of time.

A special session scheduled for the international Anticipation Conference 2015, Trento (Italy) will concern the metaphysical, ontological, epistemological, ethical and existential outcomes yielded by a philosophy focused on the future.

Contributions on utopian or dystopian perspectives, logical and categorical investigations into the interrelation among past, present and the future, as well as historical or systematic approaches are welcome.

Save the date:

  • Abstract submission: June 15, 2015
  • Final Program: June 30, 2015
  • Conference 5-7 November 2015
  • Early registration: before September 1, 2015
  • Deadline registration: October 20, 2015

Further details here.




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