International Conference: “Foresight in the European Union”, October 6-7 (College of Europe, Bruges)

On 6-7 October 2022, the College of Europe, Bruges campus, will organise an international conference to discuss the role of foresight in the European Union which has become increasingly important as recent crises have shown. The working language is both French and English on 6 October, and English only on 7 October.

In the afternoon of 6 October 2022, a panel and a roundtable, organised by the European General Studies programme, will be dedicated to the institutionalization and professionalization of foresight in the EU. The panel will bring together experts offering historical and sociological perspectives on how foresight became part of the EU’s institutional structure, which actors drive the foresight agenda and how they do this. It will be followed by a roundtable debate on the contemporary practice of foresight.

On 7 October 2022, the part of the conference organised by the Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies will focus on “Foresight in the European Union’s External Action”. It will begin with a panel that assesses the role and potential of foresight within and for the EU’s strategic external action, before turning to what this means for the European Union and the green and digital transformation in Africa.

The keynote address will be delivered by the European Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen. She will speak on the topic of “EU Relations with Africa and the Global Gateway”. The Commissioner’s keynote address will be followed by a roundtable with different stakeholders who discuss how foresight can inform and support the EU’s policies regarding the green and digital transformation in Africa. This input will then serve as the basis for an exchange with policy-makers from the EU institutions.

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required.

Learn more here.