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FTA International Conference “Future in the Making”

On June 4-5th 2018 the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission is organizing the next edition of the FTA (Future-oriented Technology Analysis) international conference ‘Future in the Making’ to explore how to bridge the future with the present.

Today’s policymaking environment is complex. People seem to lose trust in policymakers and democracy. This is already leading to profound transformation. The number and variety of actors increased. There are new channels of involvement and influence. Policymakers are confronted with an accelerating speed of change. The emergence of novelty requires not only rapid reaction but also creation of new meaning and sense.

In a time when policymaking is going through a paradigm shift, a stronger emphasis is placed on the ability and flexibility of future-oriented methods to respond to new needs. The conference will foster conversations on how to combine forward-looking approaches with elements of complementary disciplines – i.e. design for policy, behavioural insights and science and technology studies – to improve its strategic relevance for policymaking.

The conference aims to contribute to transformation and innovation in policymaking by:

  • Presenting and debating insights from recent future-oriented work on specific policy relevant topics;
  • Sharing experiences of how foresight has been used in policymaking
  • Demonstrating how foresight has influenced policy processes and decisions;
  • Supporting the advancement of methods, practices and complementary approaches to changing policymaking needs;
  • Stimulating the uptake of these approaches and exchange between practitioners and policymakers.

Future in the Making is organized to explore how to bridge the future with the present through the opportunity to debate insights from a selection of future-oriented research. Presentations and discussions will be framed around a set of horizontal themes

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Foresighters, policymaker, practitioners, designer, academics, researchers, and future-thinkers are invited to participate and explore the future at the FTA2018. Please register for this event.