Anticipation 2017 is an international and interdisciplinary conference. It is curated by an organising committee from a diverse range of institutions and disciplinary backgrounds. The organising committee is supported by a scientific committee who reviewed all proposals and were instrumental in helping to shape the conference.

Organising Committee

Professor Keri Facer, University of Bristol, Conference Chair

Keri Facer is Professor of Educational and Social Futures at the University of Bristol. Her work is particularly concerned with how different forms of knowledge can be combined to develop sustainable and ethical ways of living in contemporary societies. From 2002-2008 she was research director of Futurelab ; from 2007-2009 she led the UK Govenrment’s £3m ‘Beyond Current Horizons’ Programme, a strategic foresight programme exploring long term futures in education. Her book ‘Learning Futures’ (2011) explores how schools might be reimagined in the context of social, technological, environmental and economic trends. Since 2013 she has been collaborating with colleagues including Riel Miller, Ted Fuller and Roberto Poli, to develop a theoretical foundation for a field of anticipation studies, and to translate this foundation into practical materials for the development of a cultural diverse suite of futures literacies. Recent publications explore the distinctive temporality of education and she supervises students in fields ranging from Smart Cities and Big Data in education, to Social Movement Building and Interdisciplinary collaboration. She is an interdisciplinary recidivist, with a commitment to building collaborations across disciplines and sectors. She is has been AHRC Leadership Fellow for the UK-wide Connected Communities Programme since 2012.


Professor Ted Fuller, University of Lincoln

Ted Fuller is professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Foresight at the University of Lincoln, UK.  He is Editor in Chief of Futures Journal and leads the Responsible Management Research Group at Lincoln International Business School.  His current personal research is on responsible anticipation in multiple contexts.  He has been involved in the establishment of linkages between Futures Studies and Anticipatory Systems since 2007, following the COST Action A22 on foresight methodologies, which he chaired.


Professor Sandra Kemp, Victoria & Albert Museum

Sandra Kemp combines Senior Research Fellowships at the V&A and Imperial College London. Her research is located within futures studies in relation to visual and material cultures, and includes both the historical dynamics behind the construction of futures knowledge, and the current methods of futures construction in a range of institutions. At the V&A, she is PI on an AHRC/Labex project on the historical role of museums in the imagination of the future and how changing ideas and movements are expressed through the history of collections. At Imperial College she works on devices, tools and methods for futures visualisation. She is currently co-editing a cross-disciplinary collection of essay on Futures for OUP with Professor Jenny Andersson at Sciences Po (CEE), and is on the Advisory Board of Lancaster University’s Institute for Social Futures.


Professor Andrew Morrison, AHO, Oslo

Andrew Morrison is Director of the Centre for Design Research ( at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) where he is professor of interdisciplinary design. He works in practice-based inquiry and theory building in transdisiciplinary collaboration and projects with designers, urbanist, architects, technologists and futurists. He is especially interested in the communication design and performative enactments in research and education that engage is in rethinking and reshaping futures through narrative, media and participation. He is currently working on a number of multimodal design fiction works and research as part of the Future North project into alternative future landscape views on the arctic that includes field work as well as pedagogical interventions and experiments.


Professor Mary Ryan, Imperial College

Mary Ryan is Professor of Materials Science & Nanotechnology at Imperial College London. Her current research is in the area of applied electrochemistry and corrosion, with a focus on deposition of nanostructures and the study of self-forming nanocrystalline oxides; as well as fundamental work on degradation and stability of metal systems.  She is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials Mining and Minerals (member of the Corrosion Committee and Corrosion Network 2015-) and a member of the International Society of Electrochemistry (Materials Division Chair 2013-2015)


Dr Johan Siebers, Middlesex University and School of Advanced Study, University of London

Johan Siebers is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Middlesex university. He also holds an honorary appointment as associate fellow at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, where he chairs the Ernst Bloch Center for German Thought. His research interests are in critical theory; the history of German post-Kantian philosophy, especially Ernst Bloch; philosophy of communication and metaphysics.


Professor Roberto Poli, University of Trento

Roberto Poli teaches Futures Studies and Philosophy of Science at the Department of Sociology and social research, University of Trento. He has been awarded the first UNESCO chair in anticipatory systems, is the editor of the forthcoming Handbook of anticipation (Springer) and the journal Axiomathes.


Katherine Dunleavy, University of Bristol, Conference Coordinator

Katherine Dunleavy is the coordinator for the Connected Communities Programme based at the University of Bristol. She has a background in Classics and is currently interested in work around administrative systems and professional development. She is the primary contact for Anticipation 2017. 


Dr Mike Gulliver, University of Bristol, Conference Coordinator

Mike Gulliver is a Research Associate in the department of Historical Studies at the University of Bristol. His work explores the question of what humanity might be. He is particularly interested in the place of marginal groups within that vision. Originally a linguist, his early work focused on constructions of nationhood, and the mobilisation of the nation as a vehicle for different communities’ self-determination. More recently, he has worked on disability (particularly Deaf) cultures and their relationship with the ‘able’ mainstream. His future plans combine previous research in geography, history and utopian studies to explore what might happen as our ability to augment ourselves allows us to produce a future in which we can begin to choose the nature and extent of our species’ diversity. What choices might we make, and why… and what do these tell us about what humanity is, or might dream of becoming?


Scientific Committee

Dr Vanessa Andreotti, University of British Colombia
Dr Simone Arnaldi, Universty of Padova
Prof Marjolein van Asselt, Maastricht University
Dr Michele Bastian, University of Edinburgh
Prof Kevin Birth, Queens College of the City University of New York
Prof. Vincent Blok, Management Science and Philosophy Group, Wageningen University
Dr Ivan Boldyrew, Humbolt University Berlin
Dr Tim Boon, Science Museum
Prof Nik Brown, University of York
Dr Manuela Celi, Politecnico di Milano
Prof Thomas J. Chermack , Colorado State University
Prof Håkan Edeholt, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Dr Elena Formia, University of Bologna
Dr Patricia Gaya, University of Bristol
Dr Celine Granjou, IRSTEA, Grenoble
Dr Chris Groves, University of Cardiff
Prof Armin Grunwald, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Dr Rodney Harrison, UCL
Prof Shaun Hendy, University of Auckland
Tanya Hichert, Stellenbosch Anticipation Group
Prof Scott Jordan, Institute for Prospective Cognition
Dr Carlos Lopez-Galviz, University of Lancaster
Dr Janike Kampevold Larsen, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Dr Tau Lenskjold, University of Southern Denmark
Prof Ramia Mazé, Aalto University
Dr Riel Miller, UNESCO
Dr Catherine Moir, University of Sydney
Prof Neville Morley, University of Exeter
Heather Moore, The shape of things
Dr Simon Naylor, University of Glasgow
Dr Deborah Osberg, University of Exeter
Prof Richard Pettigrew, University of Bristol
Dr Angela Piccini, University of Bristol
Dr Jaco Quist, Delft University of Technology
Prof John Preston, University of East London
Prof Fabrice Roubelat (Ass Prof), University of Poitiers
Prof Jonathan Rougier , University of Bristol
Prof Ziauddin Sardar, Middlesex University
Dr Jan Oliver Schwartz Aarhus University
Prof Caitlin De Silvey, University of Exeter
Dr Jeroen van der Sluijs, University of Bergen
Dr Bruce Snaddon, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Dr Dagny Stuedahl, University of Oslo,
Dr Peter Thompson, University of Sheffield
Prof Laurene Vaughan, RMIT Australia
Prof Robin Williams, University of Edinburgh
Dr Josefin Wangle, Royal Institute of Technology – Stockholm
Dr Bonnie Wintle, University of Cambridge
Dr Theo Zamenopolous, Open University



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