Anticipation 2015 – Keri Facer
Anticipation 2015 was a fantastic event, the first gathering in Trento, Italy, of academics and practitioners from a whole range of disciplines interested in exploring how societies, systems, individuals and groups use ideas of the future in the present. There were wonderful conversations – I recall some long late night discussions between a classicist, archaeologist, futurist and a designer. This second conference, in 2017 will build on the intellectual energy and enthusiasm of this first event with, we hope, more structured opportunities for conversations across disciplines and real opportunities to present and explore ideas in non-conventional formats. We also have a wonderful scientific committee this year who will be bringing their world-leading expertise and international perspectives to bear on the shape and design of the conference – its very exciting to see such diverse sets of expertise and insight coming to bear on the same issue. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing how the curated sessions – the sessions organised across disciplines and around key themes – develop. All in all, I’m sure we will be able to build on the wonderful conversations of the last event and start to really make some progress towards deep, exciting and rich interdisciplinary collaborations.