The Future of Health: Scenarios, opportunities, and dilemmas

What does the future healthcare system look like?

Spend a day exploring trends and uncertainties within health and life sciences, concepts for navigating the future health landscape, and the future of clinical trials.

Health is often both defined and plagued by complexity, competing agendas, and short-term thinking, leaving systems and communities vulnerable to disruptions of all kinds.

CIFS invites you to join in exploring how futures thinking and methodologies can be employed across the health landscape to not only better manage and understand complexity, but also shape more favourable futures.

Through interactive presentations and panel discussions, we seek to inspire and equip participants with tools and concepts for navigating futures that are uncertain but also full of potential.

You will learn about future and foresight tools for improving organisational preparedness and agility and helping shape the future.

(This event will be in English)


09:00 – 11:30 Presentation & Interactive Session: Applied Strategic Foresight in Healthcare (Futures methodologies course)

Presenters: Bogi Eliasen, Aron Szpisjak & Patrick Henry Gallen

This is an interactive session where Futurists will share the tools they use in their everyday work and teach participants how to apply futures thinking and methodologies in their work.

In this session participants will learn how to work with futures methodologies and develop insights about future alternatives:

  • Learn the process of exploring dynamics of change as the “bedrock” practice of strategic foresight, by understanding what drives change and exploring for novel developments, with a particular focus on the health sector.
  • Learn how to frame and develop robust alternative futures scenarios and discover alternative futures perspectives that have relevance for decision-making
  • Learn how to identify and make sense of the uncertainties with the greatest impact on the future of health, by understanding the degree of uncertainty surrounding impactful strategic issues.

11:30 – 12:30 Lunch, WHINN exhibition, networking

12.30-13.30: Conceptualising the Future of Health: Realising the ”Humanome” 

Presentation on the need for practical concepts that can help us define and explore the future of health. Posit the Humanome as once such concept.

Goal of this session is to demonstrate value of novel concepts as well as the dual need for holism and specialisation to deliver on full potential of emerging health landscape.

Panel discussion with external participants representing different aspects of the Humanome (e.g., biology, tech, society/government/policy).

  • Lars Münter, Director of International Projects Unit, Komiteen for Sundhedsoplysning
  • Roald Forsberg, Founder, Raven Biosciences
  • Claus Duedal Pedersen, Director of Sentinel Unit,
  • Jakob Uffelmann, General Manager, Dedalus Danmark
  • Mette Maria Skjøth, Head of Department, Department of Dermatology and Allergy Care, Odense University Hospital

13:30 – 14:00: Coffee break and visit the exhibition

14:00 – 15:00 Presentation and interactive panel discussion: The Future of Clinical Trials: Opportunities, Dilemmas, and Perspectives

Presenter: Peter Aadal Nielsen

In this session we present Phase V, a cutting edge, on-going project involving health stakeholders within the healthcare sector in Denmark.

The project aims to establish a new golden standard for post-market trials to provide better understanding of treatments and thereby better well-being of the patient.

Panelists include representatives from pharmaceutical companies, Danish hospitals and information technology companies.

  • Frederik Mølgaard, Danish Life Science Cluster
  • Frederik Nielsen (Novartis)
  • Klaus Kirketerp-Møller (Bispebjerg Hospital)
  • Thomas Lethenborg (Monsenso)

Time & place

Friday 11. November
The auditorium (main building)

Arranged by

CIFS - Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies


Patrick Henry Gallen
T: +45 50 20 48 34

Why join?

Learn about future research and tools that can improve organizations' preparedness and flexibility and help actively shape the future.

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