Welcome to the Futures Conference 2023!

The ‘Empowering Futures’ international conference will create a cross-disciplinary science platform where participants can meet, share, and discuss new ideas concerning futures, democracy, trust and responsibility.

The conference program will consist of keynote lectures, parallel sessions, participatory workshops and a chaired poster session. The conference will aim to generate multidisciplinary, stimulating and critical discussions that promote networking between people interested in futures issues from different backgrounds and perspectives. We invite interested contributors from universities, research institutes, companies, governmental and non-governmental organisations to submit their abstracts for the conference.

The final Call for Papers will be available and abstract submission starts in early November 2022.

Important dates to remember

  • Call for papers available: November 2022
  • Abstract submission starts: November 2022
  • Registration starts: January 2023
  • Deadline for the abstracts: 31 January 2023
  • Notification of acceptance: 28 February 2023

Guidelines for Speakers and Facilitators are available

Are you presenting your work at the conference?

Please read through the guidelines for the presentations and workshops either to be held onsite or virtually. We hope you do your best to follow the guidelines to help make the conference a rewarding one for all participants.

If you have any questions, do contact the conference secretariat at

Guidelines for ONSITE Speakers and Facilitators

Guidelines for VIRTUAL Speakers and Facilitators

Note also: the early-bird registration fees are valid until 23 April

We encourage you to register in well advance and also to start planning and booking your travelling as soon as possible.

Do make your hotel reservation asap as well, since the city of Turku will be fully booked due to a number of different events in June 2023. A quota of hotel rooms has been reserved for the Conference participants on “first come, first served” basis.

Call for Research Articles: Special Issue of the Journal Futures & Foresight Science

We are pleased to inform you that the Futures & Foresight Science journal invites scholars to submit manuscripts of research articles in the Special Issue on “Empowering Futures – Long-term Governance, Democracy and Futures Research”.

The call is open and limited to the participants of the conference.

The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research as well as its significance to journal readership. Each published paper should, in part, devote some paragraphs to anticipation method improvements/enhancement. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are single-blind peer reviewed.

Deadline to submission of the research articles: 3 October 2023.

Registration is open – early-bird fees are valid until 23 April

All the conference fees are now updated on this site. Note that the deadline for ’early-bird’ registrations is due no later than 23 April 2023. The conference organisation puts great effort into making the conference affordable to a wide audience.

You can participate onsite or virtually

The event will be organised in hybrid mode. Conference days Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 June will be held onsite in Turku. All the parallel sessions (keynote speeches) will be streamed online for the virtual participants. Friday 16 June will be held exclusively in virtual mode. We encourage onsite attendance, but also welcome virtual participation for both authors and attendees.

Join us at the Conference Dinner

In the evening of the first conference day 14 June you are most welcome to the conference dinner at the Restaurant Grädda, which is located in a historic environment by the river Aura. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased online during the registration process.

Be early-bird with your hotel reservation too

We have reserved a quota of hotel rooms close to the venue Turku School of Economics. The reservations will be made on “first come, first served” basis. On this site you can find some tips for affordable accommodation too. Do make your hotel reservation as soon as possible since the city of Turku will be fully booked due to a number of different events in June 2023.

Reminder: Call for Papers, Posters and Workshops open until 31 January

We thank you all who have already submitted an abstract to the conference! For others, note that the abstract submission is open until 31 January 2023. Simple form to be filled in with your 300 word abstract plus keywords. Do let us know at the same time if you will meet us onsite in Turku or if you rather participate virtually.

We are looking forward to see you in Turku or online in June 2023!

Call for Papers, Posters and Workshops is now open!

There is an urgent need for long-term futures thinking in order to sustain possibilities for alternative and creative solutions to complex crises and empower futures.  For the next Futures Conference, we will gather in Turku to discuss about the futures of democracy, trust, power and sustainability, which are tightly connected to these crises.

These topical issues will be discussed in an interdisciplinary manner, on how we see futures and how futures studies can empower people, societies, and organisations for creating more just and sustainable futures. The conference will elaborate upon general sustainability and resilience challenges in the current turbulent situation of world politics. 

The understanding of systemic complexity and wide phenomena, as well as problems and issues such as climate change, international security, policymaking, well-being, and technological innovations, can be seen as the focus of futures studies.  Research on these topics and creating solutions for them are carried out in inter- and transdisciplinary approaches within the field. Furthermore, it is a shared understanding and emphasis that those actions we took in the past and those we take in the present shape the future. In addition, how we look at the future, shapes our actions in the present.

We invite researchers, practitioners and alike from universities, research institutes, companies, governmental and non-governmental organisations to submit your abstracts (max. 300 words) no later than 31 January 2023.

Welcoming the first confirmed Keynote Speakers

We are honoured to confirm the first names for the Conference Keynote speeches:

  • Professor Maija Setälä from the University of Turku, Finland
  • Dr. Erik F. Øverland, the President and Chairman of the Board of the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF)
  • Futurist Rosa Alegria, Director of the Millennium Project and Teach the Future in Brazil, CEO Perspektiva Consulting in Strategic Foresight

You can read more about our speakers here.


Read about what we did last summer

The 22nd Futures Conference focused on the wide variety of ways people imagine futures and wellbeing in our societies. We invited participants to think of the current changes and challenges in the world in a planetary scale. ‘Planetary Futures of Health and Wellbeing’ conference was organised during 15–17 June 2022 in Turku, Finland and online as a hybrid event.

Together with 305 participants from 27 different countries we succeeded to generate multidisciplinary and insightful discussions that promoted co-creating and networking between people from different backgrounds.

In this special issue of the Finland Futures Research Centre’s newsletter Futuuri you can read about the keynote speeches given during the event and the workshops organised, among other current issues.

Futuuri 3/2022 including e.g.:

  • How can nature support and enhance human health and wellbeing?; Keynote speech by Research Professor Liisa Tyrväinen
  • Bridget McKenzie introducing the new, possitopian futures; Keynote speech by Researcher and Creative Curator Bridget McKenzie
  • Healthy lifestyles to boost sustainable growth; Keynote speech by Professor Petri Tapio and Professor Tommi Vasankari
  • Creating healthy, livable, and sustainable cities: a global priority for planetary and human health; Keynote speech by Professor Billie Giles-Corti
  • Learning from the pandemic; Keynote speech by Dr. John Grove
  • Special workshop: Mental time travel to the active mall of the future – Experiences from the STYLE Workshop
  • Special workshop: Governance to boost crisis preparedness – what policy actions are needed for resilient cities and human-friendly AI?
  • Finland Futures Academy’s summer school 2022: Data & futures studies
  • Futures Conference 2021 peer-reviewed papers are published
  • FFRC staff’s latest publications

> Read the issue (pdf)