XXIV WFSF World Conference

The WFSF 24th World Conference will be held on 26th – 29th of October 2021 in Berlin, Germany. “We are aiming to have both a physical venue and an online event. This will be a physical gathering again after more than one year in digital isolation,” says WFSF President Dr. Erik F. Øverland. The topics and call for papers will be announced soon. An organization planning group and a scientific committee will be established shortly. Based on our WFSF-PMU agreement, Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University (PMU) will be our main partner. In addition we will aim to have other partners, both from Germany and international bodies. The IZT – Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment in Berlin and the German Network of Futures Researchers are already confirmed. The organization planning group will look for and decide on additional partners. We are also in contact with The Futurium in Berlin to have it as the physical venue of the conference. Click here to see more information about the Futurium. Save the dates in your calendar and stay tuned to this website and the WFSF Listserv for updates.

UNESCO Futures Literacy Summit 2020 (8-12 December)

From 8 to 12 December 2020, the UNESCO High-Level Futures Literacy Summit provided testimonials from around the world that being futures literate changes what people see and do. From high ranking leaders in the public and private sector to activists, artists, students and professors, the Summit showed how people become futures literate and the impact it has on all aspects of life (click here to read more). Dr. Riel Miller, Head of Futures Literacy in UNESCO and Executive Board member of the WFSF organized the Summit. The WFSF was very active in the UNESCO Futures Literacy Summit 2020 and organized several exciting events. You can access on this page the content presented in the WFSF Virtual Booth at this Summit as well as the video recordings of the presentations. In 2023 WFSF Turns 50 Program Guide We Are WFSF Partnership & Research Academia Publications Recorded Videos Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in these presentations are those of speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Federation.  Maya Van Leemput: Applied Futures Research for professional Bachelors at Erasmus University of Applied Sciences and the Arts Brussel You can watch the video of the presentation here.   Christopher Bisson with Erik Øverland, Caroline Codsi, ICD.D. and Bertrand Badré: A Roadmap for Sustainable Governance (Panel discussion) You can watch the video of the presentation here.   Jennifer Gidley, PhD: The WFSF and Futures Literacy You can watch the video of the presentation here.   Dana Klisanin, PhD: Transforming …

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WFSF-PMU Research Fund

The WFSF and PMU Agreement was signed in 2019 for a 5-year collaboration, as well as establishing a chapter and research funds per agreement. PMU has developed and operates the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Chapter of WFSF.   Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Center for Futuristic Studies (PMFCFS) and World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) announced FIRST FUTURES RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL on February 12, 2020. The objective of this grant was to encourage more researchers to explore and research in disciplines related to energy, sustainability, education, youth empowerment, environment, climate change, and artificial intelligence. PMFCFS received more than 100 proposals from multiple countries such as Australia, Brazil, United States, Finland, France, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.   Also see WFSF President Dr. Erik F. Øverland opens the new Centre for Futuristic Studies (Futures Studies) at the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU) in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Accreditation Services

The World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) is an international non-profit and non-governmental organization, operating under international law. It was founded in 1973 to promote the development of futures studies as an academic discipline. Beyond offering membership to individuals and institutions over the years, the Executive Board of the Federation has considered how foresight programmes in higher education might be further strengthened through an external quality assurance process. Currently no entity exists at the tertiary level to recognize, evaluate and accredit foresight education programmes. Given the history and reputation of the Federation and being a peak body in futures research, the WFSF offers the accreditation of foresight education programmes assuring their quality. In 2018 the Federation established a set of standards and guidelines for quality assurance in higher education. These accreditation standards deal with the Mission, Faculty, Curriculum, Instruction, Students, and Resources that undergird foresight degrees offered by universities, colleges and schools. Those universities offering programmes which meet the minimum standards outlined by the Board are afforded recognition by the WFSF as offering an Accredited Foresight Program. Academic Mission of the Federation The Federation exists to support and encourage high quality, innovative, foresight education throughout the world. It encourages and supports the development, advancement and dissemination of futures research and foresight education. It provides standards for peer review of foresight education programmes and recognizes high quality programmes through specialized accreditation. Accreditation Philosophy The Federation was guided in its development of its accreditation process and standards by a philosophy of quality assurance …

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Books in Chinese

Chinese Language Futures Books China Society for Futures Studies has a book shelf (click here)