2013 Call for Exploratory Workshop proposals
Deadline: 18 April 2013, 16.00
Each year, ESF supports between 25-40 Exploratory Workshops across
all scientific domains.
These small, interactive output oriented meetings are aimed at
opening up new directions in research to explore emerging research
fields with potential impact on new developments in science. The
workshops, which usually last 1-3 days, have a wide participation
from across Europe and involve mature scientists as well as young,
independent researchers and scholars with leadership potential. The
relatively small scale (in terms of people involved) provides
an ideal platform for focus on the topic and for all participants
to contribute to discussions and plan follow-up collaborative work.
President's Welcome Speech to the 2013 Conference
Dr. Jennifer GIDLEY
"In 1972 a group of social and cultural innovators met in
Bucharest, Romania, and decided to found the World Futures Studies
Federation the following year in Paris.
WFSF is fortunate to inherit such a great legacy of intellectual
strength, vision and courage, laid into its very foundations.
I feel honoured to lead such a well-founded organization.
But when I reflect on the last 40 years, and the next 40,
What will we create in 2013 that will still be going strong in
another 40 years?
What innovations can we invent that will lead to a better world in
There is no doubt that technological innovation is increasing
exponentially. But, are we, as human beings, keeping up?
Are we innovating socially, culturally in ways that will create the
futures we want—futures that benefit everyone, not just a few.
Our 21st WFSF World Conference in Bucharest in June 2013 will focus
on the importance of innovation, across a wide spectrum of social
and cultural domains.
I look forward to welcoming you in Bucharest."