WFSF Regional Meetings & Partnered Events

WFSF has co-convened many regional conferences, meetings & workshops.

WFSF Regional meetings have been held in Indonesia, Mexico City, USA, China, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, Iceland and Europe.

A complete listing of Regional Meetings, in reverse chronological order, is below. Clicking on the highlighted links will take you to the website or further articles and documentation.


World Futures Regional Conference – Futures Studies Tackling Wicked Problems
11-12 June 2015 in Turku, Finland

Future is for everyone, we are all part of it. “Futures Studies Tackling Wicked Problems” is a forum for the philosophies, ideas, methods and concrete examples of what is happening on the field of futures thinking and acting. The aim is to harness the views of preferable futures and methods for reaching them. The conference will work collaboratively discussing research, initiatives and projects. We will gather various views and compose ideas to face future challenges.

WFSF is partnering with the Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC) and many others, who have the common goal of taking a deeper look at futures research methods, old and new and their relation to the integration of desirable results into actions of today.

It is the joint goal of the conference to offer both traditional presentation and other formats that include more discussion and group participation. Another goal is to consciously improve the sustainability of our gatherings. Both members and the Executive Board evaluations of earlier conferences have contributed to these changes.

Update – The Call for Papers closed on Februay 13th. Notifications of Acceptance will be made on March 6th. As at this writing 20 session proposals and 100+ abstracts have been received.

Pre-Conference Seminar

In line with our ecological goals, WFSF is offering a Pre-conference seminar dedicated to Professor Eleonora Barbieri Masini, former President of World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF). The seminar will take place on the M/S Viking Grace ferry that sails between Stockholm, Sweden and Turku, Finland. It makes traveling time more effective by extending the time we have to talk, get to know one another and renew old friendships (an important reason why WFSF’ers like to get together). The content will be based loosely upon Open Space Technology.

Please see Turku Pre-Conference 10 June 2015 for more information and to link to the registration pages.

Natalie Dian, Conference Liaison


Regional Conference

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain – a joint collaboration between WFSF and the Ministry of Social Action and Citizenry of Catalonia.


Regional Seminar, Civilization Futures: A New Assignment for Futures Researchers?

Bollwiller, France, June 5- 6, 2009


WFSF Nordic Regional Symposium: The Future of the Welfare State: Futures Methodologies.

Reykjavik, Iceland, 20-22 March 1997


WFSF Regional Seminar: Approaches to Sustainable Development: Problems of the Baltic Region, Europe and the Globe.

St Petersburg, Russia, July 1996.


Ecofuture: A Road to Catastrophe or to Noosphere?

Russia, March 1995 (in conjunction with WFSF)

II International Kondratieff Conference: Kondratieff Ideals and Dynamics of Society on the Border-line of the III Millennium. VII Interdisciplinary Discussion.


The 2nd Futures-Creating Seminar: Non-Linear and Chaos-Theoretic Thinking: New Scientific-Visionary Paradigm.

Goshiki-cho, Awajishima, Japan, August 1994


The 1st Futures-Creating Seminar: Renewing Community as a Sustainable Global Village.

Goshiki-cho, Awajishima, Japan, August 1993, hosted by the Network University of the Green World and the town of Goshiki.


The Future of Democracy in the Developing World.

Islamabad, Pakistan, October 1992


Alternative Futures for Eastern Europe.

Bulgaria, Sofia, June 1991.


Linking Long-Range Visions to Short-Range Decisions in the Pacific-Basin Networking Community.

Nagoya, Japan, November 1989, in cooperation with University of Commerce and Business Administration, Aichi Japan.


Technology of the Future and Its Social Implications.

Budapest, Hungary, September 1987, organised by the Futures Research Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.


The Future of Culture.

November 1986, Beijing, China, in cooperation with the Chinese Academy for Classical Learning.

Caring, Careless, Overcaring Societies.

Buffalo, New York, USA, October 1986, in cooperation with the Centre for Integrative Studies, State University of New York at Buffalo.


Education Futures Studies.

Barcelona, Catalonia, November 1985, in cooperation with Centre Catalo de Prospectiva.

Future, Education, and Peace.

Bucharest, Romania, May 1985, in cooperation with the Romanian Academy of Social and Politcal Sciences; Romanian Commission for UNESCO; University for Peace; and the International Centre of Methodology for Future and Development Studies.


The Cultural Roots of Peace.

Zurich, Switzerland, June 1984, in cooperation with the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.

The Japanese Way of Building the Future.

Barcelona, Catalonia, November 1984, in cooperation with the Centre Catalo de Prospectiva.


Hawaii in the Global Futures.

Honolulu, Hawaii, March 1983, in cooperation with the University of Hawaii.

Changing Lifestyles as Indicators of New and Cultural Values.

Zurich, Switzerland, October 1983, in cooperation with the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.


The Future of Political Institutions as Seen by Different Regions and Cultures.

Zurich, Switzerland, February 1982, in cooperation with the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.


The Future of Political Institutions and Government.

The Hague, The Netherlands, November 1981, in cooperation with the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy.

Alternative Visions of Desirable Societies III,

Mexico City, 1981, in cooperation with the Centro de Estudios Econ¢micos y Sociales del Tercer Mundo and the UN University.


Approaches to the Study of the Future of Canada. Mexico, and the United States,

Buffalo, New York, USA, May 1980, in cooperation with the Centre for Integrative Studies, State University of New York at Buffalo; The Centro de Estudios EconÇmicos y Sociales del Tercer Mundo; and UNEP.


Science, Technology, and the Future,

Berlin, West Germany, May 1979, in cooperation with the Gesellschaft far Zukunftsfragen; the German Foundation for International development; Association Internationale Futuribles; Schweizerische Vereinung far Zukunftsforschung; and The Society for International Development.

Alternative Visions of Desirable Societies II,

Mexico City, 1979, in cooperation with the Centro de Estudios Econ¢micos y Sociales del Tercer Mundo and the UN University.


Alternative Visions of Desirable Societies I,

Mexico City, 1978, in cooperation with the Centro de Estudios Econ¢micos y Sociales del Tercer Mundo and the UN University.


Art and the Future,

Jakarta, Indonesia, July 1978 in cooperation with Jakarta University.