Annual meeting 2021

The Openness of Futures

We are organising this year’s annual meeting in cooperation with the World Futures Studies Federation, whose World Conference will take place from 26 to 29 October 2021 at the Humboldt Carré in Berlin. Participants can expect a broad and challenging program. We are preparing two of our own contributions for it. More information on this and soon also on the program can be found on the conference page.

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Please note that you must register separately for the conference. Our members pay the fee for partners, unless they are students. Alternatively, participation in individual parts of the events is also possible online. You can register here.

The event will be followed by our annual general meeting on the afternoon of October 29 from 1:30pm to 5:30pm. In this context, you can also look forward to the presentation of the 2021 Young Scientist Award. Please make a note of this date!

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, and a short transcript will soon be 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.

Annual meeting 2020

The general meeting 2020 took place this year on September 18th – due to the well-known circumstances as a virtual conference. Among other things, the new Board was elected. The new board consists of Bernhard Albert, Edgar Göll, Elmar Schüll, Dhenya Schwarz, Birgit Weimert, Andreas Weßner and Axel Zweck.

The protocol of the general meeting was deposited as usual in the forum of the network.

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 have decided, in consultation with the speakers, to continue to make the previously recorded video contributions available online.

You can find them here.

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.

Analog 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.