29.4.2014

Future Infinite Congress – The future in our hands

Aging population, environmental issues, globalization, and technological development. Our future is filled with challenges but the answers to our problems can be remarkable. Or what would you say to illuminating plants instead of street lights? Future solutions also entail a huge potential for innovative business opportunities.

Unlike our history, the future is something we can have an impact on. We have gathered the most insightful future experts together in order to find the best elements for success in the future.

In June, the Wanha Satama event centre will host the first international Future Infinite Conference. It gathers people and ideas from different areas of research, management and business under the same roof to discuss the possibilities that lie ahead. It is the only event of its kind in Europe, and Finland with many internationally acknowledged futurists, a Committee for the Future in the Finnish Parliament, and the Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC) is the natural place for it.

Their views on the future are given by, for example, R.K. Pachauri, the chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Professor Sohail Inayatullah from the University of Tamkang, expert on synthetic biology Anthony Evans from Glowing Plant (USA), futurist Clive van Heerden from Electrolux, and Professor Paul Verschure from the Robot Companions for Citizens –project. The programme can be checked online at www.futureinfinite.fi.

Future Infinite – Helsinki International Conference for Solving Global Challenges is held at Wanha Satama event centre 12-13 June 2014. Also the 16th International Futures Conference ‘Sustainable futures in a changing climate’ is held there from 11–12 June and it goes by the name Future Infinite Academic. The organisers are the Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC) of the University of Turku, and Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre. The media partner of the event is Kauppalehti, Finland’s leading financial publication.

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The number of international congress attendees visiting Finland grew by a whopping 33 percent in 2016. The record-breaking growth was especially visible in Helsinki, but other cities recorded considerable growth figures as well.

Altogether 101 515 international congress attendees visited Finland in 2016. In 2015, the comparable number was a fraction less than 76 000. The increasing number of large-scale international congresses held in Finland is chiefly responsible for the immense improvement.

“In recent years, the annual number of congress visitors in Finland has most often settled at a little less than 80 000,” says Mervi Toivonen, from Finpro’s Finland Convention Bureau. “The main catalyst for such growth is an exceptionally busy year, with large international congresses that draw thousands of delegates.

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Mervi Toivonen, Manager, Global Sales and Business Events, Finpro, Visit Finland, Finland Convention Bureau, puh. 050 554 5050, mervi.toivonen@visitfinland.fi

 

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