Hybrid Annual Meeting 2021

The Openness of Futures

The Annual Meeting 2021 was organized by Netzwerk Zukunftsforschung in cooperation with the World Futures Studies Federation, whose World Conference took place from October 26 to 29, 2021 at the Humboldt Carré in Berlin. The participants were offered a broad and high-quality program with a variety of analog and digital lectures, panels, and workshops with experts in futures studies from all over the world.

Due to the hybrid format, participation in the conference was possible almost around the clock. The Netzwerk Zukunftsforschung and its members were represented at the conference with a large number of own contributions and an information booth.

The event was followed by our annual general meeting on the afternoon of October 29.

The focus of the general meeting was the strategic orientation of the network with aspects such as stronger networking between the members, a more intensive exchange internally and externally as well as the desired growth of the network in order to drive the common goals forward with even more strength and energy.

During the meeting, the Network 2021 Young Talent Award was also granted, to Matthias Koning for his master’s thesis in futures research entitled Queere Trampelpfade in Zukünften von Stadt – Heteronormative
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. It was published in the Berlin Institut Futur publication series and can be downloaded here.

Virtual working group meeting

„Can AI do futurology?“

On March 19, 2021, our working group meeting took place, which Birgit Weimert and Andreas Weßner held for the first time together with Kapitel 21 and the Future Studies master’s program of the FU Berlin, represented by Kai Gondlach, Stefanie Ollenburg, and Sascha Dannenberg.

Under the title “Can AI do futurology?”, the approximately 50 participants dealt with how futurology could change in the future through artificial intelligence. Keynote speeches by Karlheinz Steinmüller (Z_punkt) and Dr. Aljoscha Burchardt (DFKI) prepared the participants for the group work. Among others central questions were: Will AI-supported foresight become a privilege of a few or will it rather have a democratizing effect? Will AI compete with or support the foresight expert? Can AI be used, for example, to challenge assumptions or drive innovation? Will the use of AI in foresight create unfulfillable expectations and damage the currently good reputation of foresight?

The participants have already received the complete documents on the conference results, a short protocol is available to all network members in the members area.

Due to the positive feedback, the need for further discussion, and not least the relevance of the topic of AI and foresight, another event on the topic will follow – again as a joint event of the network Kapitel 21 and the master’s program.

Virtual Annual Meeting

2020

The 2020 General Meeting was held on September 18 of that year – as a virtual conference due to the circumstances known to all. There, among other things, the new Board was elected. It consists of Bernhard Albert, Edgar Göll, Elmar Schüll, Dhenya Schwarz, Birgit Weimert, Andreas Weßner and Axel Zweck

Virtual working group meeting

„Recent developments in the Delphi-method“

The first virtual working group meeting on recent developments in the Delphi method was held on 26 June 2020.

Due to the positive feedback from the participants, we decided in consultation with the speakers to make the recorded video contributions publicly available.

Annual Meeting
2019

The last annual meeting took place on 27 September 2019 at the International House of the FU Berlin in Berlin-Dahlem. The focus was on the exchange among the network members. The aim was to discuss the goals for the coming years on the basis of a stocktaking.

Working group meeting

“Good analysis – what’s next? Dealing with the results of future research”
Dealing with the results of future research”

On 14 June 2019, the second working group meeting of the Future Studies Network took place on the topic “Good analysis – what’s next? Dealing with the results of future research”. This meeting was also held at the suggestion of and in cooperation with the Bundeswehr Planning Office in Berlin. In the working group meeting, the results of the first workshop were taken up and worked on further in small groups. The keynote speech was held by Dr. Lars Brozus from the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin. The documentation of the working group meeting is available to network members in the forum of this website.