Call for papers

Call for Papers for the 24th WFSF Conference: Openness of Futures

General information

The 24th World Futures Studies Federation Conference is held in Berlin, Germany from 26-29 October 2021. This is a hybrid conference primarily designed as an in-person event, but with a strong parallel online presence. It combines plenary sessions, guest speakers, panels, workshops and experiential happenings, the presentation of scientific papers, as well as sponsor and exhibitor displays from across the globe.

The conference theme “Openness of Futures” reflects the broad scope of futures studies and describes an arena in which we explore the expanses of our imagination – an open universe encompassing the grand challenges of our time, beautifully articulated through desirable visions of sustainable progress and hope.

The Openness of Futures is an invitation to travel into a new era for futures, one in which you will be able to experiment with technology enhanced methods and teaching, transdisciplinary approaches to opportunity-based problem solving and new paradigms and concepts for global collaboration and societal development.


Presentation information

Presentations are held on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th day of the conference (27-29 October). Presentations should be a maximum of 20 minutes in length and are backed by research papers that should be submitted and presented in English. A selection of papers will be made for a post-conference academic publication. Submissions are open to members and non-members of the WFSF. We also accept submissions of posters, that will be exhibited at the conference venue. The paper being presented at the conference should be submitted for publication. Further details will follow.


Presentation topics

The presentations will be interspersed amongst the four themed rooms, namely: “The Imaginarium”, “The Laboratorium”, “The Globalarium”, “The Sensorium”.

While not limited to, themes could include: Art and futures, SciFi and futures, geopolitics, futures of futures, new methodologies and tools, serious games, xmedia, and transmedia approaches to scenario delivery, participative futures, planetary futures, future of education, future of sustainable design, corporate futures, the future of work, futures creativity, foresight vs foresight-based programs, etc.


Deadline for submitting abstract is 17th August 2021, 11:59 PM CET.

Date for final paper delivery is 30th September 2021, 11:59 PM CET.



All submissions via the conference website.