2021 ESPAS Annual Conference 18-19 November

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2021 ESPAS Annual Conference

Shaping Europe's future:
Global trends and strategic choices

The 2021 ESPAS Annual Conference will be held - virtually - on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 November, with successive days hosted by the European Commission and European Parliament.

We will meet again this year with the coronavirus pandemic still seriously disrupting the lives of citizens around the world. This crisis has not only shone a light on our collective lack of preparedness for existential threats or shocks, but revealed and indeed accentuated fault-lines in both the international community and our own domestic societies. It is forcing us to think more intensively about the challenges and choices that are likely to confront Europe in coming years and about how best to make the transition to the kind of future we would like to see.

The purpose of the annual conference is to engage in a broad-ranging conversation with policy makers, policy analysts and foresight experts in governments, think tanks, universities and many other organisations on what matters most in the fast-moving field of strategic foresight. The events of the past eighteen months have decisively underlined the importance of foresight in effective policy-making and we hope that this autumn's conference will deliver fresh thinking about our common future, and how it can be shaped.

You are very welcome to join us online at this year's Annual Conference which will be web streamed LIVE on this site.



This year's ESPAS Annual Conference sets the stage for a fascinating debate on Europe's future strategic choices. The Conference will focus on the challenges and opportunities for Europe on security, the economy, climate change, the twin green and digital transitions, democracy, the future of transatlantic relations, and the role of foresight in policy-making.

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This year's ESPAS Annual Conference features high-level speakers from across the world. From Europe, Vice-President of the European Commission, Maroš Šefčovič; from Africa, Dr Vera Songwe, UN Under Secretary-General; and from the United States, the Director of the Strategic Futures Group in the National Intelligence Council, Maria Langan-Riekhof.

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