2nd Call for Papers (pdf)

On-line abstract submission form




Conference Themes


Systematic futures knowledge is useful in, for example, strategic vision and scenario projects. Furthermore, it helps in versatile training and evaluation projects, as well as in active futures shaping and building in different fields of society. This conference tries to achieve better understanding about the forces that drive consumption patterns. It also tries to connect these drivers to the actions that should be noted by business and other stakeholders.

Typical tools used for development in futures studies are foresight systems, as well as futures oriented thinking. Futures studies and foresight are especially useful in long-term planning and in situations where strategic solutions are needed. The objective of this conference is to promote high-quality, futures-oriented research and thinking based on futures studies.

The conference is designed to be an integrative, informative and interpretative conference between academics, public sector and corporate representatives whose chief interest is sustainable development. Besides keynote lectures, sessions include a more traditional conference framework involving workshops, panels, and poster presentations.



Preliminary Subgroups


1. The Future of Responsible Consumption:

- Sustainable consumption
- Consumers and changing values
- Environmentally significant consumption
- The globalisation of consumption
- Sustainable food consumption
- The future of the social media
- Communicating corporate social responsibility
- Empowering tomorrow’s consumers
- Innovative education for a sustainable future: Southern perspective
- Consumers of the future



2. Futures Research Methodologies:


- Delphi
- Scenarios
- Futures Research Methods



Conference Abstracts

Abstract submission period is now over. All those who have submitted their abstracts have been notified whether their abstract have been accepted or not.



Full Papers


After your abstract has been accepted submit an electronic copy of your full manuscript (not to exceed 15 double-spaced pages including figures, tables, and references typed with Times New Roman 12) via email to conference2009(a) The template for full paper can be downloaded from the style guidelines page.


The deadline for submitting the full paper is May 1st, 2009. Electronic submissions will only be accepted in .doc or .rtf formats sent to the email above. The subject of the email must be “Conference 2009”.


The full papers will be reviewed. The prerequisite for the review is 1) the full paper has been submitted on time and 2) the full paper follows the paper template. The review feedback will be posted to corresponding authors at latest on 18th May. The deadline for the revised full papers is 5th June, 2009. The conference proceedings will be published in electronic format during the summer.



The best papers of the conference will be offered to be published as a special issue in two journals. There is an agreement of the special issue with Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal (PIE). Negotiations with one more journal are still underway.




The official conference language for all papers and presentations is English.