Monday, February 16, 2015

CfPs: National Conference on Foresight and Technology Futures; 19-20 March; at University of Kerala, Trivandrum

National Conference on Foresight and Technology Futures 2015

19-20 March 2015

Venue: Senate Chamber, University of Kerala - Palayam Campus, Trivandrum, Kerala

Organized by Department of Futures Studies, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala


Foresight exercise should be firmly embedded within the 'System of innovation' (or 'Innovation System') approach. Innovation does not follow a linear path but tends to follow complex feedback loops between research, processes of development, design, engineering and production. The foresight analysis gives a platform to study the roles of various actors and the form of influences/interactions they have on each other. The team for guiding the foresight exercise should have persons with diverse backgrounds and stakeholders and identify realistic approach.

The conference on Foresight and Technology Futures would like to explore ideas in this direction in the national, state (Kerala) and regional scenario of India. It provides an opportunity for the students, researchers from both academia and industry to attend informative and thought provoking sessions from eminent researchers and pioneers in the Foresight and Technology Futures.


Key Speakers

  • Prof. Y.S. Rajan,   "Alternative World 2030: India's Options"
  • Dr. Nirmalya Bagchi, ASCI, Hyderabad, "Technology foresight, its use in strategy and implication on competitiveness"
  • Dr. Saradindu Bhaduri, JNU, "Understanding the ecosystem of informal sector 'grassroot' innovations in India"
  • Dr. L.S. Ganesh, Professor, IIT Madras
  • Dr. Parveen Arora, Sc-G and Head, CHORD Division, Department of Science & Technology (DST), New Delhi


Call for Papers

Scientists/Engineers, Industrial Personnel, Research Scholars and Students with experience, interest and flair in interdisciplinary research are invited to send their original research papers for presentation in 'National Conference on Foresight and Technological Futures- 2015' Paper submission should be done through Visit conference website   for the details and instructions. The conference covers a range of topics which addresses the following themes.


Major Topics/ Technical Sessions

  • Foresight
  • Technology Futures
  • Technology Management
  • Science and Technology Policies
  • Social Network analysis and Scientometrics


About Department

Department of Futures Studies, University of Kerala is one of the premier departments specializing in interdisciplinary studies. Research activities leading to Ph. D are pursued in the areas of Technology Futures/Management, Knowledge Based Systems and its Management, Mathematical/Computer modeling and Simulation, Discrete Mathematics. Apart from Ph.D programme, M. Tech. (Technology Management), M. Phil. (Futures studies) Programmes are being offered.  Also embedded with the Department, is C-Graf, a consultancy centre that provides futuristic solutions to industry and government agencies in diverse areas. The Department is celebrating the silver jubilee of its formation in the year 2014-15 and decided to organize a national conference as part of the celebrations.


Important Dates

Last Date of Paper submission: 28th February 2015

Intimation of Acceptance: 8th March 2015

Camera Ready Paper submission: 15th March 2015

Early Registration starts from: 1st March 2015

Registration ends on: 16th March 2015

For enquiries, e-mail to or contact

Dr. Manoj Changat at +91-9446967394


Thanking You, Best regards,

Manoj Changat
Department of Futures Studies
University of Kerala
Trivandum- 695 581
Ph. 0471-2742309(R)

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