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ESPAS Annual Conference 2019

14 October 2019 to 15 October 2019

Global Trends to 2030:
Challenges and Choices for Europe

14-15 October 2019

About the Conference

This landmark conference brought together a select community of global foresight practitioners and strategists to explore the latest and most pressing social, economic, technological and geopolitical trends shaping the future of Europe and the world.

The 2019 meeting drew insights from the latest ESPAS report ‘Global Trends to 2030: Challenges and Choices for Europe,’ a forward-looking contribution to support policy- and decision-makers in the 2019-2024 EU institutional cycle. The programme of the conference spanned two days. The first day was hosted by the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), the European Commission's in-house think tank, at its headquarters, the Berlaymont. The second day took place in the European Parliament and was hosted by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), the Parliament’s own think tank.

Check out last year's conference #ESPAS18


The European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) provides a framework for cooperation and consultation at administrative level, on a voluntary basis, between the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission and the European External Action Service, with the European Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions, the European Investment Bank, the European Court of Auditors and the European Union Institute for Security Studies as observers, to work together on medium- and long-term trends facing or relating to the European Union.

Video recordings

Speech by Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič

You can read the speech here.

Europe in the World: A Normative Superpower?

Global Order in Transition with Suhasini Haidar

Can We Still Save the Planet? If Yes, How?

Storytelling: Imagining Futures

Keynote Address by Lee C. Bollinger

Thumbnail of Lee C. Bollinger's video keynote

Confirmed speakers

James Elles
Honorary President,
European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS)

Leon S. Fuerth
Project on Foresight and Democracy, USA

Tom Hillenbrand

Pawel Świeboda
Deputy Head,

Programme and other information

For media inquiries and any questions, please contact EPSC-EU-STRATEGIC-FORESIGHT@ec.europa.eu.