The World in 2050

A Global UNESCO Chairs lecture series organized by the UNESCO Chair in Interdisciplinary Anticipation and Global-Local Transformation, Center for Advanced Studies, Eurac Research

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  • Date: 01.03-25.07.2023, 13.00 h (02.05.23 | 16.00 h)
  • Place: on Zoom
  • Typology: Online lecture series
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The middle of this century will see a widely transformed globe – with newly structured economies, transformed energy grids, more and systemically competing grand political powers, evolved relationship between local and regional populations, nation-states and global institutions, more futuristic views on man-machine convergence and commercial uses of Space, newly composed demography, and profound cultural and religious shifts. One of the major players in looking ahead is the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO. Based on its 2022-29 strategy to accomplish the goals of the UN Decade 2030, UNESCO proposes innovative approaches to re-imagining inter- and trans-disciplinary views on what the future might hold. The global lecture series “The World in 2050” connects UNESCO Chairs from different disciplines and continents to provide a comprehensive joint vision of possible futures.

The lecture series will be presided over by Roland Psenner, President of Eurac Research.


All lectures will take place online via Zoom. To participate, register here:

Participation is free of charge.
Language: English

A certificate of attendance is available upon request to participants attending all lectures and must be requested by: 28.02.2023.
Please send your requests to chiara.paris@eurac.edu.


01.03.2023 | 13:00

Roland Psenner, President of Eurac Research, Bolzano, Italy
Harald Pechlaner, Head of the Center for Advanced Studies, Eurac Research, Bolzano, Italy

Introduction: The World in 2050
Roland Benedikter, UNESCO Chair in Interdisciplinary Anticipation and Global-Local Transformation, Center for Advanced Studies, Eurac Research, Bolzano, Italy

07.03.2023 | 13:00

Learning from the Future: How We Use Futures to Rethink Education
Loes Damhof, UNESCO Chair on Futures Literacy, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands

14.03.2023 | 13:00

Futures Studies: Used by Whom, Why and How?
Roberto Poli, UNESCO Chair on Anticipatory Systems, University of Trento, Italy

27.03.2023 | 13:00

Complex Systems and Transformative African Futures
Rika Preiser & Tanja Hichert, UNESCO Chair in Complex Systems and Transformative African Futures, Center for Sustainability Transitions, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

11.04.2023 | 13:00

On Peace: Future visions of liberation
Rina Malagayo Alluri, UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies, University of Innsbruck, Austria

02.05.2023 | 16:00

The Persistence of Hate? Thinking Ahead
Barbara Perry, UNESCO Chair in Hate Studies, Ontario Tech University, Canada

16.05.2023 | 13:00

The Need for a Transformative Blue Governance
Pierre Failler, UNESCO Chair in Ocean Governance, Center for Blue Governance, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

30.05.2023 | 13:00

On the Possibility of Responsible Futures
Ted Fuller, UNESCO Chair on Responsible Foresight for Sustainable Development, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom

13.06.2023 | 13:00

Futures Literacy Skills for this Century
Markku Wilenius, UNESCO Chair in Learning for Transformation and Planetary Futures, University of Turku, Finland

26.06.2023 | 13:00

Transforming Education for 2050 and Beyond: Setting the Course in the Present for a Better Future
Hans Karl Peterlini, UNESCO Chair on Global Citizenship – Culture of Diversity and Peace, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

11.07.2023 | 13:00

Scenarios for 2050 and the Role of Art
Epaminondas Christophilopoulos, UNESCO Chair on Futures Research, Institute of Technology and Research (FORTH) and Praxi Network, Greece

25.07.2023 | 13:00

Lessons Learned & Way Forward – Panel Discussion
Speakers to be confirmed

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