Learning and education shape tomorrow by giving individuals tools for navigating the emerging world. Moreover, educational systems and learning environments in business have a major impact on national innovation and competitiveness. All this entails not only responsibility but also a great opportunity to take hold of the future by making conscious choices in the design of creative environments – both for learning and work.


Recent studies on the future of learning have presented dramatically different perspectives on the world of education from the one we see today. Technological progress and programmes geared to improving collective intelligence are changing the world in which future students and knowledge workers will learn. Many experts see the future of learning as more and more driven by networks, the development of social media, personalised education, problem-based and work place learning. A common feature in different views on the future of learning is placing the student at the centre of the educational system. The walls keeping educational institutes and the rest of society apart are becoming lower and thinner. The same changes, bringing with them both challenges and opportunities, will be faced both by educational institutes and business organizations.


The conference “Grasping the Future – A Challenge for Learning and Innovation” challenges linear thinking and promotes futures literacy both in education and business environments. We offer visionary keynote speakers, public debates as well as demonstrations of current innovative practices that may well pave the way for new approaches to learning and innovation.





Contributions are solicited in (but not limited to) the following topic areas:


  • Learning and innovation environments
  • Challenges for innovative enterprises
  • Innovativeness as a national competitive advantage
  • The role of education in innovation systems
  • Innovative leadership
  • Didactic challenges for the future
  • Technology as a facilitator of learning and innovation
  • Physical learning and innovation environments
  • Social capital in education and business
  • Local and global perspectives on education and innovation