Call for Papers

Second Call for Papers with Unique Presentations

For the 14th International Conference of  Finland Futures Research Centre and Finland Futures Academy, University of Turku

The aim of the conference is to perceive and create futures through the eyes of today’s youth, adults and decision makers for the young people of the future. The course of a youth’s life, both today and toward the future, covers an entire spectrum of reality. Focusing on faith in young people, their ability and determination to build an inevitably different and in many ways an improved world for us all to live in is the focal point of this conference. The conference is organized in association with the Finland Futures Academy and the Finnish Youth Research Network. The “To Be Young” conference marks Finland Futures Research Centre’s 14th Annual International Conference and its 20th Anniversary celebrating twenty years of quality academic research. The Youth and Futures conference will be unique with additional dimensions; whilst a solid scientific standard of traditional academic conferences will be maintained participants whose papers are accepted will be strongly encouraged to present their papers in a distinctive way.

Submitting Your Paper

In order to submit your abstract, please email the abstract in the relevant format as described below to by the 29th February 2012 Midnight. The subject of the email should be “Abstract Submission: Conference 2012”. Include up to 5 keywords from the theme list presented in the Topics of Interest section.

Review Process

Papers will be reviewed by their abstracts (max. 400 words). Abstracts should contain the paper title and the body of the paper, with author names, affiliations and contact information. Consistent with standard practice, each submitted paper will receive a minimum of two reviews. The abstracts will be evaluated by the scientific board. All papers should concern themselves with aspects of Youth and the Future. They should make clear how the future aspects relate to the paper.

Presentation Outline: The abstract should also include preliminary idea of how the paper will be presented if accepted. The presentation outline will also be part of the abstract evaluation process.

Final papers should be original, unpublished and not more than ten single-spaced pages with minimum font size of 12 pt. Papers should be submitted in .doc or .rtf format, and should only contain the paper title and the body of the paper, with author names and affiliations. Final papers should be sent to the conference secretariat by 31st May 2012.

All accepted conference papers will be published in the conference proceedings. A selection of these papers will be published as a special issue of Finland Futures Research Centre’s Publishing Series following the publishers usual review procedure. The official language of the conference is English.

Important Dates to Remember

Deadline for abstract submission: February 29th, 2012
Notification of Acceptance: March 15th, 2012
Deadline for submission of full papers: May 31st, 2012

Further Enquiries

If you have questions concerning the scientific program or any other matter, please send an e-mail to:

Frequent Questions and Answers (FAQs)

Q. Is there any funding or travel support for the conference?

A. The conference is a non-profit event and there is unfortunately no funding support for the conference. Delegates need to find funding from additional sources.

 Second Call for Papers (pdf)