What makes a prosperous society in the 21st century? What divides and unites
societies in the Digital Age? What impact will new technologies have on issues of security and trust in general? How
can connectivity contribute to inclusive and sustainable prosperity, and where can innovation make a difference? How
can we better plan and decide in uncertain times?
These questions were at the heart of the 2016 Annual Conference of the
European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS),
which was held on 16-17 November 2016 as part of the inter-institutional collaboration between the European
Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European External Action Service to monitor global
trends and offer strategic foresight to the EU's decision-makers.
Drawing on the insights of the 2015 ESPAS report on ‘Global Trends to 2030: Can the EU meet the
challenges ahead?’, we hosted experts and practitioners from around the world to stimulate strategic thinking and
raise awareness of the innovations, opportunities, discontinuities and complexities affecting the world of work and
welfare, public services and governance. Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation and
Sir Julian King, Commissioner for the Security Union, respectively discussed game changers for inclusive
innovation in the 21st century and the EU's priorities in a changing security landscape.
To discover more about this inspiring two-day conference, please take a look at some of the videos from our speakers, as well as the conference’s accompanying publication ‘Shaping the Future: Thoughts
on the Future of Society and Governance’, which contains a rich collection of over 30 original, forward-looking,
anticipatory essays from our participating experts on the critical trends that are defining the future of our
societies and governance systems.
The rolling programme of the conference covers two days. The first day will be hosted by the European Political Strategy Centre
, the European Commission's in-house think tank, at
its headquarters, the Berlaymont. The second day will take place on the premises of the European Parliament, hosted
by the European
Parliamentary Research Service.
- Global Trends 2030: The Future of Society
- When: Wednesday 16 November 2016; 9.00-19.00.
- Where: European Commission, Berlaymont Building, 200 rue de la Loi, Brussels B-1049.
- What: The first day of the conference will examine what divides and unites societies in the
Digital Age, from the impact of new technologies on security and trust to the role of connectivity for inclusive and
- Global Trends 2030: The Future of Governance
- When: Thursday 17 November 2016; 9.00-17.00.
- Where: Library Reading Room, Altiero Spinelli Building, European Parliament, 60 rue Wiertz,
- What: The second day of the conference will focus on global trends affecting long-term policy
planning, e-Democracy and urbanisation.
Carlos MoedasEuropean Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
Julian KingEuropean Commissioner for the Security Union
Pascal LamyPresident Emeritus, Jacques Delors Institute
Ann MettlerHead, European Political Strategy Centre
Pawel SwiebodaDeputy Head, European Political Strategy Centre
Geoff MulganChief Executive, NESTA
Jeremy HeimansCo-founder and CEO of Purpose.com
Bruce StokesDirector of Global Economic Attitudes, Pew Research Center
Heather GrabbeDirector, Open Society European Policy Institute
Aaron ManiamDirector, Industry Division, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore
Peter NeumannHead, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence,
King’s College London
Alan JamesVP Worldwide Business Development, Hyperloop One
Shiraz MaherSenior Fellow, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political
Violence, King’s College London
Mehmet KinaciStrategic Analyst, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, NATO
Hans Peter LankesManaging Director, Corporate Strategy, European Bank for Reconstruction and
Ramón Luis Valcárcel SisoVice-President of the European Parliament, former President, European Committee of
Angela WilkinsonStrategic Foresight Counsellor, OECD, and co-author of ‘Strategic
Erik SwyngedouwProfessor of Geography at Manchester University
Marius OosthuizenMember of Faculty, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria,
Anja KaspersenHead of Strategic Engagement and New Technologies,
International Committee of the Red Cross
Benjamin BarberPolitical Theorist and Founder of the Global Parliament of Mayors, Author
Joseph H. H. WeilerNew York University School of Law; former President, EUI
Jeanette HofmannHead of the Project Group 'The Internet Policy Field', Berlin Social Science
Stefano ScarpettaDirector, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD
Brigid LaffanDirector and Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European
Simon SchäferFounder and CEO, Factory
Enrico GiovanniniProfessor of economic statistics, University of Rome Tor Vergata
Nik GowingVisiting Professor, School of Social Science and Public Policy, Kings College,
Edgar GrandeChair, Comparative Politics, University of Munich
Ibon ZugastiDirector of Prospektiker and Chairman of the Millennium Project Node Spain
Pierre CalameAuthor, 'Democracy in Tatters' and 'Essay on Oeconomy'
Stijn HoorensAssociate Director, Head of Office, RAND Brussels
Pierre BollingerHead of Outreach, Partnerships and International Affairs, France Stratégie
Mary KaldorProfessor of Global Governance, London School of Economics
Klaus WelleSecretary-General, European Parliament
Mark SpelmanCo-Head, Future of the Internet Initiative, World Economic Forum
Michael IgnatieffPresident and Rector, Central European University, Budapest
Cinzia AlcidiHead of Economic Policy Unit, CEPS
Matt DannSecretary-General, Bruegel
Jim CloosDeputy Director-General, Council of the European Union
Mairead McGuinnessMEP, Vice-President, European Parliament
Luis PlanasSecretary-General, European Economic and Social Committee
Karl-Heinz LambertzFirst Vice-President, European Committee of the Regions
Jiří BuriánekSecretary-General, European Committee of the Regions
James EllesHonorary President of ESPAS, MEP 1984-2014
Christian LefflerDeputy Secretary-General, European External Action Service