Italian Institute for the Future



Founded in 2013, the Italian Institute for the Future (IIF) is a non-profit organization for research, training, consulting and dissemination in the field of futures studies, with the aim of spreading a culture of anticipation, social forecasting and the study of megatrends in Italy, developing scenarios and analyses of future anticipation at all levels of decision making, promoting sustainable and long-term policies for the Italy of tomorrow. Since 2018 it is an institutional member of the World Futures Studies Federation.

Board of Directors


Roberto Paura

Co-founder of the Italian Institute for the Future, director of the magazine FUTURI. Scientific and cultural journalist, PhD in science communication.


Rino Russo

General Director of the Center for Near Space, CEO of Trans-Tech. Former executive of CIRA-Italian Center of Aerospace Research, he collaborates with the DAC-Campania Aerospace District .


Carmen Papaleo

Co-founder of the Italian Institute for the Future, financial consultant, PhD in Public Sector Economics.


Adriano Cozzolino

Director of the Center for European Futures. Post-doc researcher at the Department of Political Science Jean Monnet, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli.


Daniela Porpiglia

Co-founder of the Italian Institute for the Future, responsible for European projects and training activities. EU projects consultant for companies and non-profit organizations.


Vincenzo Torre

International relations manager. Founder and Past President of PMI® Project Management Institute, Southern Italy Chapter, member of the Italian Physical Society and British Interplanetary Society.

Advisory Council

Dario Cristiani

IAI/GMF Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Collaborator of the Jamestown Foundation, former director of the executive course in Global Risk Analysis and Crisis Management at Vesalius College in Brussels.

Mara Di Berardo

Co-chair of the Italian node of the Millennium Project. Fellow at the Institute for Nanosciences of the Italian Research Council.

Vincenzo Luise

Co-founder of the Italian Institute for the Future. Post-doc researcher at the Department of Social Sciences and Politics of the State University of Milan.

Massimiliano Passalacqua

Internationalist business lawyer and expert consultant in deep-tech and sustainability. Managing partner of P&S Legal, he works as a trusted advisor in international, corporate and institutional affairs.

Valerio Pellegrini

Media sociologist and computer consultant. He has taught Networked Business Organization at the degree course in Digital Cultures at the University of Naples Federico II.

Isabella Pierantoni

Founder of Generation Mover, futurist, sociologist and Executive&Shadow Coach. Co-founder of the Association of Italian Futurists.

Alberto Robiati

Director at ForwardTO and at the Human+ Foundation, consultant and trainer for personal and professional development, specialized in Futures Thinking and Strategic Foresight.

Tommaso Tosi

Essayist and speaker on robotics, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, biotechnology and philosophy. Talenti Filosifici Award 2015 of the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele of Milan.

Scientific Committee

Antonio Camorrino

Researcher at the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Naples Federico II where he teaches Sociology of cultural and communicative processes. Member of the Board of Directors of the Sociology of Religion section of the Italian Association of Sociologists.

Riccardo Campa

Professor of Sociology at the Jagiellonian University of Krakow, where he teaches Futures Analysis at the PhD School “Society of the Future” and is head of the Research Center on the History of Ideas. Bestselling author of “Still Think Robots Can’t Do Your Job?” (2018).

Fabio Corbisiero

Associate Professor at the University of Naples Federico II, where he teaches Urban Sociology and Sociology of Tourism. Coordinator of the LGBT Observatory and OUT-Observatory on Tourism. Among his publications: “Sociologia del turismo LGBT” (2016) and “Sociologia del futuro” (2016, with E. Ruspini).

Carolina Facioni

Research assistant at the Central Directorate for Thematic Studies and Valorization in the area of Social and Demographic Statistics at ISTAT-National Institute of Statistics. Among her publications: “Capire la statistica” (2019, with B. Delle Donne, M. Delle Donne).

Adolfo Fattori

Professor of Media Phenomenology at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples, former professor of Sociology of cultural and communicative processes at the University Federico II of Naples. Among his publications: “L’immaginazione tecnologica” . (1980), “Memorie dal futuro” (2004).

Vincenza Pellegrino

Associate Professor at the University of Parma, where she teaches Social Policies and Sociology of Globalization. She has been consultant to the Council of Europe and the Emilia-Romagna Region (“Community Lab”). Among her publications: “Futuri possibili” (2019).

Roberto Poli

Full professor at the University of Trento, where he teaches Social Forecasting and Epistemology of Social Sciences, holder of the first UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems, director of the Master in Social Forecasting. President of the Association of Italian Futurists. Among his publications: “Introduction to Anticipation Studies” (2018), “Lavorare con il futuro” (2019).

Elisabetta Ruspini

Associate Professor at the University of Milano-Bicocca, where she teaches Generations and Sociology of the Third Sector. Since 2018 she led the Interdepartmental Research Center for Gender Studies at the University of Milano-Bicocca. Among her publications: “Generazioni e Turismo” (2013) and “Sociologia del futuro” (2016, with F. Corbisiero).