The forthcoming 19th Futures Conference organized by Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku, will focus on the futures of sustainable development and energy under a title ‘ENERGIZING FUTURES – Sustainable Development and Energy in Transition’’.

To understand the challenges of this transition, we need multidisciplinary, multi-level and time-variant analysis of various issues: renewable and non-renewable energy (re)sources, transforming primary energy into energy carriers (fuels, electricity, heat), energy technologies, impacts (environmental, social, economic, institutional, cultural, etc.) of energy use, energy exports and imports, energy markets and energy price, energy end-use patterns and consumer behavior, energy and resource efficiencies, energy policies, and energy governance.

  • What are the main challenges of sustainable energy futures in an era of increasing uncertainty?
  • How to create sustainable energy policies in Europe, and elsewhere in the World?
  • What is the role of futures studies in identifying opportunities for a fair, efficient and resilient energy system?

“Energizing Futures” aims to generate multidisciplinary, stimulating and critical discussions that promote networking between people interested in energy issues from different backgrounds.

The conference is supported by the European Commission via the Horizon 2020 research project “European futures of energy efficiency (EUFORIE)”, coordinated by the University of Turku. The project outcomes will be widely disseminated in the conference.

We are looking forward to meet you in Tampere, Finland on 13–14 June 2018!


Jarmo Vehmas
Adjunct Professor
Chair for the Conference Scientific Committee
University of Turku, Finland Futures Research Centre