Anticipation 2019 is a unique, radically interdisciplinary forum for exploring how ideas of the future inform action in the present. It brings together researchers, policy makers, scholars and practitioners to push forward thinking on issues ranging from modelling, temporality and the present to the design, ethics and power of the future. This conference includes attention to design amongst other domains.


Postponement of 4th International Conference on Anticipation

* Due to the ongoing and changing condition and demands of the global pandemic, we have needed to postpone the planned 4th International Conference on Anticipation from 2021 to mid November 2022.
The event will still be hosted by Arizona State University (ASU) in the USA and is chaired by Associate Professor Cynthia Selin. Details will be posted here after summer 2021.


Call for Special Issue

* We invite conference presenters to submit an article to a Special Issue of the FUTURES Journal.

Deadline 27 November 2020.
See the call here.



Registration is still open at the General Admission rate: 4000kr/approx. 400 Euros (includes opening event, refreshments, lunches and conference dinner).

Register here.

Please note Early Bird Registration is closed.

Early Bird tickets are 3500kr (approx. 350 Euros), and were available until 1 July.
General Admission tickets are 4000kr (approx. 400 Euros), and are available from 1 July onwards.



Please see the Programme section for Final Programme with linked Abstracts.


Notes on the programme 

Conference Opening, Keynote & Refreshments

Wednesday 9 October, 1700 at AHO

Conference dinner

Thursday 10 October, 1900 at DOGA

A reminder that this is included in the Registration cost.

Final keynote

Please note that we encourage you to stay for the final keynote by Einar Sneve Martinussen on Friday 11 October at 1600, followed by a closing plenary session.

Conference close

The conference closes at 1700.

After conference events

We invite you to move to the nearby DansensHus for drinks (own cost) and if you wish to a performance.

We were offered to our conference friends the opportunity to see the performance for only NOK 200, – (regular price 300, -) when purchasing through this website.




In case this might assist your plans, we wanted to point out that:

Entry and exit to Norway is typically quick (c 30 mins).

The Airport Express Train to and from the Central Station runs about every 15 mins and takes c 20 mins.

It’s a 20 min walk to AHO or a quick bus or taxi ride.

We will have a secure room for left luggage at AHO.



From 9th to 11th October 2019 the 3rd International Conference on Anticipation will be held at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in Norway (AHO). The conference will provide an interdisciplinary meeting ground in which researchers, scholars and practitioners who are seeking to understand anticipation and anticipatory practices can come together to deepen their understanding and create productive new connections.

The overarching aim of the Conference Series and of the emerging field of Anticipation Studies is to create new perspectives of how individuals, groups, institutions, systems and cultures use ideas of the future to act in the present.

The 2019 conference builds on the 1st Conference of Anticipation, held in Trento, Italy in 2015 which saw over 350 delegates gather to explore topics ranging from design futures, to anticipatory economics and the philosophy of the present.

The 2nd International Conference on Anticipation held in London, UK, in November 2017. This conference aimed to put into dialogue the empirical, practical and theoretical insights that are emerging in highly diverse fields ranging from biology to psychology, cultural geography to critical theory, physics to design, history to mathematics, urban theory to engineering.

Our 3rd conference takes these concerns further, emboldened by what has been achieved. We see a need to be aware of a diversity of interests and actors in facing future challenges and shaping possible anticipatory alternatives, processes, emergent practices and actual sustainable pathways. Anticipation 2019 therefore benefits from being located in a ‘design university’ where design is no longer a matter of problem solving but of working anticipatorially, that is in an reflexive interplay between making and analysing. The conference, however, it is not limited to Design. Our focus on Anticipation – separately and together – stretches us to construct and communicate via a multitude of disciplines and domains, and more often than not through transdisciplinary linkages and configurations.


The conference will be held at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) in Norway.

AHO campus: Maridalsveien 29, 0175, Oslo


If you are interested in sponsoring an element of the conference or if you are able to assist with travel bursaries, please contact us at: