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Scenario 2023

Scenario Planning and Foresight 2023

Advancing Theory and Improving Practice
10-11 July 2023, Warwick Business School, Coventry, UK

This is a call for the third conference on Scenario Planning and Foresight: Advancing Theory and Improving Practice. The conference is a joint event between the UK Operational Research SocietyLink opens in a new window, the British Academy of ManagementLink opens in a new window and Warwick Business School (WBS)Link opens in a new window. Building on the success of the first two conferences on Scenario Planning (2015, 2018), we are extending the scope of the conference to include contributions from the wider field of Foresight.
This will be a two-day event with keynote addresses from distinguished academics and experienced
practitioners, and discussions on the latest developments in academic research and practical applications
relating to scenario analysis. We have designed the event as be an in-person event rather than a virtual or hybrid one as we believe it important to have opportunities to network with colleagues outside of the formal sessions.

We are inviting academics and practitioners to submit abstracts of up to 500 words (including references). Please use the Abstract submission link at the top left of this page. All submissions will be reviewed to be accepted to the conference.

Academics’ contributions could be both theoretical and empirical from any field of scenario planning or foresight.
The abstracts should indicate: the research focus; the literature to which they are contributing; a short
description of the methodology; and an indication of the research outcomes.
We welcome contributions from doctoral students for whom there will be a limited number of bursaries to
cover the registration fee.

Practitioners’ contributions could be both from their own organisation and/or consultancy projects.
Abstracts should indicate the nature of the intervention and an indication on the lessons learned.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Kerstin Cuhls is a scientific project manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) since 1992. She studied Japanology, Chinese Studies and Economics/Business Administration. She finished her Dr. phil. at the University of Hamburg in Japanology about Technology Foresight in Japan and now combines this knowledge with methods from Futures Research. She is also Professor for Japanology at the University of Heidelberg, Center for East Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS). She combines East Asian studies with Futures concepts, Futures Research/ Foresight and time research. She started with Delphi surveys in international comparison but broadened the methodological toolbox to scenarios, roadmapping, workshop concepts and Horizon Scanning at Fraunhofer ISI.

Kerstin was member of the European Forum for Forward-Looking Activities (EFFLA) of the European Commission, the High Level Expert Group RISE and the expert group “Strategic Foresight”. She was member of the SCAR Foresight expert group that conducted the 5th SCAR Foresight for the European Commission. Kerstin Cuhls is in the International Editorial and Advisory Boards of different Journals (e.g. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Journal of European Futures Research, Futures & Foresight Science) and was co-editor of the German Zeitschrift für Zukunftsforschung until 2022.

Michael Bradshaw is a professor of Global Energy at Warwick Business School. His academic background is in human geography. He works at the interface between economic and political geography, business and management and international relations. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (and past Vice President) and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is the academic lead for the University's Global Research Priority on Energy. He is currently involved in a 5-year programme of research on the UK's energy transition in global context for the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC 4) and is monitoring and assessing the UK shale gas landscape as part of a 4-year NERC/ESRC research programme on Unconventional Hydrocarbons in the UK Energy System.

The conference organisers have secured a special issue of the journal, "Futures & Foresight Science" 
for publication of selected conference presentations.
Full versions of papers presented at our conference can be submitted by 1 November 2023 for consideration for
inclusion in this special issue. More details of this special issue can be found hereLink opens in a new window

Authors of accepted papers are required to register before 15 June 2023
to ensure their paper is scheduled in the programme

Non-author registration will close at 24.00 hrs (GMT) on 30 June 2023

Please register to attend using this linkLink opens in a new window

***** Conference Abstract submission deadline extended to: 8 June 2023 ****

Authors will be notified about acceptance as soon as possible after their submission has been reviewed.
Further details of the conference (schedule, registration, accommodation, travel etc.) will appear and be updated on this conference website over the coming weeks and months.

Please visit the OR Society website for details of the Cancellation and Refund Policy

Main contact: Scenario2023 at wbs dot ac dot uk

Organising Committee:
Dr F. O’Brien
(Frances dot O-Brien at wbs dot ac dot uk)

Prof. M. Meadows (ac3495 at coventry dot ac dot uk)‎

Dr E. Tapinos (E dot Tapinos at strath dot ac dot uk)

Dr N. Pyper (N dot Pyper at bbk dot ac dot uk)

Prof. G. Wright (George dot Wright at strath dot ac dot uk)

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