Conference programme may be subject to change

Tuesday 5th June 2012

The conference begins already on Tuesday afternoon with a Welcome Visit to Finland Futures Research Centre. You are welcome to visit the Centre between 16.00-19.00, address: ElectroCity building, Tykistökatu 4 B, 7th floor (on the map). ElectroCity building is located next to the conference venue Mauno Koivisto Centre.

Wednesday 6th June 2012

09.00 Registration and Morning Coffee
10.00 Opening ceremony:
Dr. Juha Kaskinen, Director, Finland Futures Research Centre
Georg Henrik Wrede, Director, Youth Division of Education and Culture Ministry
10.30 “How do the Megatrends of the Mind impact Today’s Young People?”
Dr. Jennifer Gidley
(AUS), President, World Futures Studies Federation
11.30 “How and Why Generational Change Drives Sustainable Lifestyles?”
Tuuli Kaskinen 
(FIN), Researcher, Demos Helsinki
12.30 Lunch
13.30  “Creative Futures. The Role of Youth in a Brand New World”
Prof. Enric Bas (SPN), Director, University of Alicante
14.30 Artistic Interpretation of Youth and Futures
14.45 Parallel Workshop Sessions A
15.45 Networking & Coffee Break
16.15 Parallel Workshop Sessions B
19.00–23 Conference Dinner, Turku Castle, Linnankatu 80

Thursday 7th June 2012

09.30 Morning Coffee
10.00 “Rethinking Youth Engagement”
Leena Suurpää (FIN), Research Director, Finnish Youth Research Network
11.00 Parallel Workshop Sessions C
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Parallel Workshop Sessions D
14.00 “New Hierarchies of Belonging: Young Lives in a Divided but Hyperconnected World”
Prof. Les Back
(UK), Goldsmiths, University of London
15.00– 15.15 Closing Speech: Dr. Juha Kaskinen, Director, Finland Futures Research Centre
15.15– 15.45 Conference Networking Session and Refreshments

* Exact themes of the parallel sessions will be determined after reviewing the submitted abstracts.

Friday 8th June 2012 – Open Symposium

10.00 About Finland Futures Research Centre:
History and Future
10.15 Panel Discussion – Youth and the Futures
Geci-Karuri Sebina (South Africa)
Jennifer Gidley, (AUS)
Jennifer Cassinga-Harper (Malta)
11.45 Closing Speech
12.00 Official Programme Ends
Conference participants are welcome to join an Open Seminar, which will be organised in Finnish language. You can read more about it on the FFRC’s webpage.