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Foresight &
Sustainability Summit

Virtual & On-site | September 23, 2021
Forum Factory | Berlin


Navigating Sustainability Priorities Towards 2030

Get ready for the 2021 edition of our annual Summit and explore
the intersections of Foresight and Sustainability.

Everyone is talking about it - but what is actually behind the big buzzword "Sustainability"? January 2020 kicked off what environmentalists are referring to as the "Decade of Action". In concrete terms, this means: We have no more time to wait if we want to achieve the goals set out in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to limit and to maintain global warming at a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2030. We must act! NOW!

Against the backdrop of this development, prioritizing sustainable action is not only of ever-increasing importance, but at the same time creates new opportunities in the development of new markets and technologies.

For this reason, at this year's Foresight & Sustainability Summit we will not only address the current status quo, but at the same time take a look into the (possible) futures and talk about emerging trends and technologies that will significantly shape activities and the path to a greener future.

Hosted by ITONICS, RohrbeckHeger and the EDHEC Chair for Foresight, Innovation and Transformation, the Summit will be centered around emerging trends and technologies, as well as new action ethics that we will inevitably have to confront in the context of shaping a more sustainable future. Learn from industry best practices, get inspired by thought leaders, and connect & exchange ideas with industry peers.


C-Level Executives, VPs, Directors, and Managers of:
  • Innovation, Strategy, and Foresight
  • R&D and Technology
  • Sustainability
  • Trend Research and Market Intelligence
  • Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Environment, Health, and Safety
  • Public/Government/Corporate Affairs
  • M&A
  • Startups, Accelerators, Growth Boards, and Incubators
  • Legal and Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing and Communications
  • 3 exciting expert talks on sustainable trend and technology developments
  • Cross-industry insights into the latest trends and developments in sustainable Foresight Strategies
  • Interactive exchange with our on-site experts within live Q&A sessions 
  • Various live surveys with the virtual audience
  • Free live-streaming
  • Free access to the conference recording after the event


12:30 CEST
Lunch & Get-Together (on site)
12:45 CEST
Welcome & Opening
14:00 CEST
Session 1: The Green Demanders

Impulse Keynote + Panel Discussion
Moderated by Dr. Michael Durst (ITONICS)

14:15 CEST

Get a coffee, take a breath...

15:30 CEST
Session 2: Green Economy & Post-Growth - Exploring Sustainable Scenarios

Impulse Keynote + Panel Discussion
Moderated by Dr. Sebastian Knab (Rohrbeck Heger)

15:45 CEST

Get a coffee, take a breath...

17:00 CEST
Session 3: EU Green Deal & ESG - Motor of the Sustainability Transition?

Impulse Keynote + Panel Discussion
Moderated by Prof. Dr. René Rohrbeck (EDHEC Business School)

17:15 CEST
Closing & Wrap Up
21:00 CEST
Casual Networking over Dinner and Drinks (on site)

Session Description



12:45 – 14:00 (CEST)

As consumers’ sensitivity to the environment exerts a stronger influence on purchase decisions across multiple categories of buying, the sustainability strategy and roadmap becomes critical to developing resilience for the long term.

This session is about the pressure coming from consumers and politics/ lawmaking towards companies being more sustainable. How fast is the change, and what must we expect in the upcoming 5-10 years?


Green Economy &

14:15 – 15:30 (CEST)

Sustainability is one of the megatrends of our time. Businesses, policymakers, and society at large agree that neglecting sustainability is no longer a viable option. However, what it exactly means to achieve sustainability is much less clear. While some experts suggest that a ‘green growth’ economy driven by technological development is possible, others have doubts and argue that sustainable development can only be achieved by overcoming dominant thinking and build up a ‘post-growth' or even ‘de-growth’ economy.

In this session, we will explore the arguments for and against both scenarios and derive implications for business strategy and innovation.


EU Green Deal

15:45 – 17:00 (CEST)

The EU is opting to drive sustainability through a ‘silent revolution’ in which the European Central Banks play a key role. In the quest to save the climate and biodiversity, the EU has introduced a comprehensive ‘Green Deal’. But what does it contain?

In the third session, we also address the question of "What is the ESG taxonomy?" and  "How will the EU commission leverage the European Central Bank to drive environmental behavior and force businesses to go beyond greenwashing?".


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