World Futures Studies Federation

World Futures Studies Federation

WFSF is a UNESCO and UN Consultative partner and global peak body for futures studies. WFSF brings together academics, researchers, practitioners, students and futures-focused institutions.

The WFSF aim has always been to raise awareness of the importance of big picture, long-term thinking and action for change.

Founded in Paris in 1973, the WFSF is a global network of leading futurists. WFSF membership is transdisciplinary and very diverse. WFSF welcomes scholars, teachers, researchers, foresight practitioners, policy analysts, activists, students and others with a long-range view. Members include women, men and young people from over 60 countries.

WFSF collaborates with dozens of futures-focused organisations all over the world and invites applications for institutional membership from suitably qualified organisations.

WFSF has a long-standing commitment to truly global futures, meaning openness to creating alternative futures that embrace cultural diversity and individual difference.

WFSF is dedicated to stimulating awareness of the urgent need for long-term thinking in government, policy, civil and educational institutions, to resolve complex local, national, regional and global problems.

To find out more about WFSF you can browse the various sections of our website.

WFSF President

Dr. Jennifer Gidley was elected President of the World Futures Studies Federation in 2009 in France, and re-elected in 2013 at the WFSF 21st World Conference in Bucharest, Romania, to serve a second four-year term.

You can watch to Jennifer’s Opening Speech at the Bucharest Conference in 2013 here.

You can watch Jennifer’s Plenary Speech on “Where to Tomorrow for Futures Studies?” here.