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Dr. Erik F. Øverland

President and Chairman of the Board, World Futures Studies Federation Senior Policy Advisor,
Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research

Dr. Erik F. Øverland is the President and Chairman of the Board of World Futures Studies Federation, WFSF (2017 – 2021). He also holds a part time position as a guest researcher at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. In Norway he was a senior policy advisor to the Minister of Education and Research and has represented Norway as official delegate to several working groups within the EU and to the Steering Committee for Educational Policy and Practice, CDPPE, of The Council of Europe. Currently he is a official representative for Higher Education and Research at the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin, Germany.  


Dr. Øverland has published several books and scientific articles about futures studies and is one of the most experienced foresight practitioners and futurists in Norway. Øverland was the Project Manager of Norway2030 by the Norwegian Government (1998-2001) and has conducted futures studies for agencies and business enterprises both in Norway and abroad. Two of his most known publications are the article: Øverland, E.F. (2013): Universal Perspectivism. Transcending “facta” and “futura” through foresight theory building, Themed issue 2013-1, On the Horizon, Emerald Publishing, and a textbook at the university level: CARPE FUTURUM. How to manage the future, Cappelen Publishing 2010.  

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