VERA – Forward Visions on the European Research Area

VERA is funded by the European Union's FP7 programme for research,
technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 290705

EFP Final Event: “Forward Looking Activities Governing Grand Challenges”, 27 - 28 September 2012, Vienna

The background of the topic is the discussion on “Grand Challenges” and how Forward Looking Activities (FLAs) can contribute to identifying these challenges and how FLA can point out how to encounter these challenges by helping to shape policy measures and societal activities. In addition, we will also discuss FLA related topics that are up to date and will gain from new expert inputs.

One of them is the role of FLA as a mediator between science, society and policy; another one discusses FLA as an academic discipline and a leadership art. And we are also looking forward on a key not on the question if there is a feminist view of the future.

We hereby have the honor to invite you to join us in discussing interesting insights and to share your experience and expertise with other international experts in the field. At the end of the conference the EFP (European Foresight Platform) project will be revisited and an outlook on follow-up activities concludes the event. The event program and further information can be downloaded at

The young researcher’s session on forward-looking activities (FLAs) is part of the EFP final conference and aims at bringing together PhD students and master students from the field of future studies, FLAs and foresight. The objective of this session is to discuss insights, approaches, concepts and methods that students use in their research and to further extend the participants’ knowledge on FLAs in a European context and beyond. Research work on all FLA related subjects is welcome. Presentations may be given in traditional (papers or posters) as well as in innovative forms, including creative software like Petcha Kutcha and Prezi. The program will be facilitated and commentated by senior expert researchers. More information can be found at the EFP website

The Delphi training workshop is organised in such a way as to follow the typical work flow of a Delphi exercise, including an actual instant Delphi survey in several rounds. This workshop intends to upgrade the knowledge and practical skills of foresight planners and practitioners that have already some experience in organising a Delphi process and would like to learn more about possibilities offered to fine-tune the technique in specific contexts. The workshop is facilitated by the AIT Department of Foresight and Policy Development in collaboration with leading experts in the field. The number of participants will be limited to a maximum of 18 people. Further information on prices and application can be found at the EFP website or in the workshop folder.

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