Primo incontro degli esperti italiani di Futures Studies – Call for Participation

Trento, Italia, 7 aprile 2017

In seguito al successo del Primo Congresso Internazionale di Anticipazione, organizzato all’Università di Trento nel novembre 2016, le Cattedre UNESCO di Sistemi Anticipanti, in collaborazione con WAAS-World Academy of Art and Science, e WUC-World University Consortium, stanno organizzando un workshop dal titolo “Anticipation, Agency and Complexity” che si terrà nelle date 6-8 aprile 2017 presso il Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale dell’Università di Trento.

All’interno di questo workshop, i sottoscritti vorrebbero organizzare, nel pomeriggio del 7 aprile 2017, una sessione speciale aperta a tutti coloro che si occupano di futures studies, previsione umana e sociale (docenti e ricercatori, consulenti, ecc.).

L’obiettivo della sessione speciale è contribuire alla costruzione di una rete italiana di studiosi e professionisti di futures studies. La partecipazione è gratuita.

Per segnalare il proprio interesse a partecipare alla sessione degli esperti italiani di futures studies, è possibile compilare il modulo:

Ulteriori informazioni su “Anticipation, Agency and Complexity” al link


Roberto Poli

Cattedra Unesco
sui sistemi anticipanti

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Roberto Paura

Istituto Italiano per il Futuro

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Mara Di Berardo

Millenium Project

Italian Node

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Workshop on Anticipation, Agency and Complexity

Trento, Italy, April 2017

Research on, and the application of, Anticipation is rapidly growing, with many initiatives under development.

Two forthcoming significant events are the 2nd International Conference on Anticipation (ICAN2) in London, November 2017, and the Workshop on Anticipation, Agency and Complexity in Trento, April 2017.

ICAN2 follows the path of ICAN1 and is the main event for developing our understanding, theorising and inter-disciplinary knowledge of Anticipation.

Whatever your interest in and grasp of anticipation, you are invited to contribute to ICAN2.

The Trento Workshop is specifically focused on the interplay between institutions and policy.

It addresses the problematic issue that systems of governance and bureaucracy are designed or evolving without taking account of either complexity or anticipation. 


The Second International Conference on Anticipation

London, Nov 8-10, 2017

The 2nd International Conference on Anticipation provides an interdisciplinary meeting ground in which researchers, scholars and practitioners who are seeking to understand anticipation and anticipatory practices can come together to deepen their understanding and create productive new connections.

The overarching aim of the conference and of the emerging field of Anticipation Studies is to create new understandings of how individuals, groups, institutions, systems and cultures use ideas of the future to act in the present.  This conference will build on the 1st Conference of Anticipation, held in Trento, Italy in 2015 which saw over 350 delegates gather to explore topics ranging from design futures, to anticipatory economics and the philosophy of the present.

This second conference aims to put into dialogue the empirical, practical and theoretical insights that are emerging in highly diverse fields ranging from biology to psychology, cultural geography to critical theory, physics to design, history to mathematics, urban theory to engineering.

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Anticipation, Agency and Complexity

6-8 April 2017, Trento (Italy)

Call for Papers

Anticipation is a widespread phenomenon present in and characterizing all types of systems, forcing a re-evaluation of the very idea of science. The present interplay between science and institutions is becoming a major impediment to a further development of science. The traditional, bureaucratic structure adopted by organizations and institutions (e.g. governments) derives from an understanding of systems that precedes the discovery of both complexity and anticipation. These structures work as if problems could be addressed individually and in a piecemeal way, with outputs systematically proportionate to relevant inputs, and without any thorough exploration of possible futures. Agency and power are central to how we construct choices and take decisions in complex, anticipatory systems.

The First International Conference on Anticipation co-organized by University of Trento, UNESCO, WAAS-World Academy of Art and Science, WUC-World University Consortium and the Advanced Design Network at Trento in November 2016 succeeded beyond expectations. The second international conference will take place in London in 2017.  As a specific follow up to the first, WAAS and WUC ae now pleased to collaborate with the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Trento, and the UNESCO Chairs in Anticipatory Systems to organize this workshop.

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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.

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





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