Final Conference - Schedule

Monday 8 October 2007

16:00 - 19:30 Delegate Arrival & Registration
19:30 - 22:00 Conference Opening Reception & Dinner

Tuesday 9 October 2007

08.45 Registration
09:15 Welcome and Introduction
by Gerry Finn, Director, BMW Regional Assembly, Conference Chair (Morning Session)
09:20 Keynote Speech: International Futures
by Rohit Talwar – CEO, Global Futures and Foresight & Fast Future
10:20 Keynote Speech: Irish Futures
by Dr. Mark Callanan – Public Policy Specialist, Institute of Public Administration, Ireland
11:00 Tea/Coffee
11:20 Keynote Speech: Corporate Futures
by Josephine Green – Director of Trends and Strategy, Philips Design
12:00 Briefing - INTERREG & Regions of Knowledge
by Gerry Finn – BMW Regional Assembly and
Michael White – Enterprise Ireland
12:45 Networking Lunch
14:00 Introduction to Afternoon Session
by Dr. Richard Thorn - Director, Sligo IT, Conference Chair (Afternoon Session)
14:05 FUTURREG Overview
by Martin Rhisiart - Deputy Director, Observatory of Innovation
14:30 Parallel Themed Workshops
FUTURREG sub-project actors and guest presenters will each give 15-20 minute detailed case study presentations of the specific use of futures approaches in their own regional developmental context, in parallel themed workshops:
Theme 1 - Strategic Futures
Futures exercises undertaken for strategic/organisational development
Theme 2 - Futures in Places
Futures exercises undertaken with a territorial/spatial focus
Theme 3 - Sectoral Futures/Innovation Futures
Futures exercises addressing specific regional sectoral strengths or weaknesses, and the use of futures in developing innovation strategies.
16:00 Tea/Coffee
16:30 Reflections on the FUTURREG Project, Panel Q & A
17:00 Discussions on possible further future collaborations, partnerships and projects