Sharing Desired Futures

Turbulent times demand imagination to break new ground and the ability to build credibility for the new among all stakeholders. How can we make a future plausible that does not yet exist? This is the question we are exploring in this year's conference with some 50 internationally renowned thought leaders. Join a series of conversations with the best from science, politics, art, and business and learn how they share their visions of a future that may not be obvious to others.

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Wei Liu
Bolko von Oetinger
Stefan Thurner
Michael Shamiyeh
Cynthia Selin
Karlheinz Schwuchow
Susann Roth
Martin Reeves
Nicolas Raleigh
Ari Popper
Christin Pfeiffer
Stefanos Pavlakis
Irini Papadimitriou
Dietmar Offenhuber
Elliott P Montgomery
Riel Miller
Alex McDowell
Alexander Mankowsky
Shahar Livine
Nick Larsen
David Kirby
Mark T Keane
Joseph W Kable
Sohail Inayatullah
Josef Hargrave
Sarah Davanzo
Loes Damhof
Ruth M Byrne
Katerhine Buse
Sophia Bruckner
Lauren Bontoux
Julian Bleecker


Confirmed speakers include both practitioners and researchers from top companies and elite universities such as Stanford, Oxford, Beijing, etc. Steven Spielberg's award-winning creative director Alex McDowell will show us how futurecasting can be used to address complex challenges, Futurist and Chief Data Officer Sarah DaVanzo will share her experience with Pierre Fabre, a multinational Pharmaceutical and Dermo-Cosmetics company, Winner of the Laurel Prize for Best Futurist of All Time, Sohail Inayatullah, will outline the need for transformative foresight, Mercedes-Benz futurologist Alexander Mankowsky will share his experiences from industry, as will colleagues from Airbus, ARUP, etc., and last but not least, David A. Kirby will address the beneficial collaboration between industry and science fiction.

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The Tabakfabrik Linz, where once 8,000 cigarettes churned out per minute and machine, will become the home for this year’s Desired Futures Conference. Today, this landmark industrial facility designed by famous architect Peter Behrens is a center for modern technologies and creative industries in Linz, a city known for high-tech and media arts combined with a lush natural landscape.

The retreat will take place in the lake region of the Salzkammergut, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Exclusively housed in a hotel at Grundlsee, the uniquely magical scenery of the place will provide us with an incomparable setting for an exchange of ideas at eye level.

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Selected impressions from previous Desired Futures conferences.


DF6 is divided into two parts:

The conference will take place in Linz from May 10-12 and is open to a broad audience from business, politics, arts, and science. In a series of stage conversation and individual presentations we will discuss possible approaches to making visions of possible futures plausible to others. The goal here is to make the knowledge and experience of our speakers accessible to our audience of diverse professional backgrounds. The retreat will take place in the Salzkammergut from May 12-14 and is open only to our speakers and a select group of invited guests (contact us if you are interested). In a private setting, we want to encourage the exchange of ideas at eye level.

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Standard (Early Bird, ends Feb 28, 2023)

access to conference, all materials, three days

390 €


all access to conference, all materials, three days

590 €


all access to conference, all materials, three days
Plus: exclusive access to speakers’ lounge incl. food and beverage

1,250 €

Premium (incl. Retreat)

all access to conference, all materials, three days Plus: exclusive access to the retreat, speaker‘s lounge and evening events, all accommodations and excursions, personal consultation (half day) and logo presentation the ticket is valid for 2 persons from one organization

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