Join us to Celebrate our 40th Anniversary, on 27th June 2013 in Bucharest, Romania

WFSF was born in Paris 1973, but conceived in Bucharest in 1972. So let's celebrate our true beginnings in Bucharest. Our founders include Igor Bestuzhev-Lada (Russia), Eleonora Masini (Italy), Bertrand de Jouvenel (France), Johan Galtung (Norway), Robert Jungk (Austria), Mircea Malita (Romania), John McHale (USA), Hayashi Yujiro and Hidetoshi Kato (Japan), Pavel Apostol (Romania), James Wellesley Wesley (USA) to name just a few.



"I am delighted to invite you to our 40th Anniversary Dinner to celebrate the official founding of the World Futures Studies Federation in Paris, in May 1973. Our 40th Anniversary will be an important event within the 21st WFSF World Conference to be held in Bucharest, Romania, 26th -28th June 2013.

WFSF is deeply grateful to Professor Mircea Malita, one of our founders and hosts of the 1972 meeting, for graciously offering to host this 40th Anniversary Dinner in Bucharest.

As you know, Bucharest has great significance for the history of WFSF. In 1972 a group of social and cultural innovators met there, and decided to found the World Futures Studies Federation the following year in Paris. Many of this group had already been meeting over the previous five years, since the first Mankind 2000 Meeting in Oslo, Norway,1967, followed by Kyoto, Japan, 1970.

WFSF is fortunate to inherit this great legacy of intellectual strength, vision and courage, laid into its very foundations.
I feel honoured to lead such a well-founded organization.

I look forward to welcoming you to celebrate our 40th Anniversary in Bucharest."

- Dr. Jennifer Gidley, WFSF President

A Highlight of this Event – Gathering the WFSF Archives

There are some important changes happening as the Federation moves into a whole new era of engagement for a new generation. But we want to remember and honour our past. A special part of this celebration is that we are attempting to gather as much as possible of the historically important WFSF archival material (such as photos, Conference Proceedings, Regional Workshop, Introductory Futures workshop materials, and old WFSF Bulletins - either physically or digitally. One of my visions for WFSF is to create a Professional Archive that will be accessible to researchers and students of futures studies, long into the future. We have made a start on this project as the image banner at the top of this Invitation suggests.

We really appreciate that one of our WFSF members from Romania, Mihaela Ghisa, PhD, is coordinating this effort.

Note: The 21st WFSF World Conference is being hosted by the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI), Bucharest, Romania. It is being held at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies (ASE).

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Since its inception in Paris, in 1973, WFSF has held World Conferences approximately every two years.

For nearly 40 years, many WFSF regional seminars, workshops and introductory futures courses have been conducted around the world.

Archival material is available from many of these events. To access all WFSF archived event information go to the following link:

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