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MethodsCon: Futures

MethodsCon: Futures is a free, in-person event that will take place over two days in Manchester, UK on 12-13 September 2024. It will provide a unique opportunity for attendees to engage with, explore and develop futures, with a particular focus on themes that are likely to have significant impact on humanity’s development over the next decades.

The event will be part conference, part learning opportunity and part innovation forum, with more than 30 sessions spread over two days. It has been designed to connect and energise people with a focus on futures and follows on from the success of the first MethodsCon in 2022.


Attendees will be able to take part in workshops and interactive seminars, hear from a variety of experts and collaborate with researchers and professionals from different sectors and disciplines. Topics will include:

  • Futures methodologies
  • Inclusive and equitable futures
  • Health technologies
  • Socio-environmental change
  • AI, society and social science concerns

See the MethodsCon: Futures programme

How to attend

If you would like to attend MethodsCon: Futures, please complete our quick online application form.

Complete the application form

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, 31 July 2024. NCRM's review panel will assess applications and notify you if you have a place.

This event is free to attend. Lunch, refreshments and snacks will be provided. However, NCRM is unable to cover costs for travel and accommodation.


The Edwardian Manchester
Free Trade Hall
Peter Street
M2 5GP

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Methods Futures Briefings

NCRM has launched a series of Methods Futures Briefings to coincide with the event. These explores factors, including technological and research related developments, that may impact social research.

The papers have been published as part of NCRM's Methods Futures project, which aims to support researchers in anticipating change and to build capacity in a strategically driven methodological responses.

Read the Methods Futures Briefings

Further information

For any queries, contact Sandra Gogacz:

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Please note, the call for contributions for this event has now closed. Download a PDF of the call for contributions.