Curriculum Vitae Poli Roberto

Academic position

Roberto Poli  is Associate Professor in Philosophy of Science at the University of Trento (Italy). He graduated in Sociology (B.A., with honors) at the University of Trento (Italy) and obtained a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands).
Poli teaches Social Foresight, Epistemology of the Social Sciences and Applied Ethics.


  • B.A. in Sociology, with honours, at the University of Trento (1980).
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, (2001).


  • UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems
  • Elected President of the Nicolai Hartmann Association (2010-2014)
  • Fellow WAAS—World Academy of Art and Science
  • Fellow STIAS—Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study
  • Fellow IAS—Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol 
  • Member of the scientific committee of IACP-Istituto dell’Approccio Centrato sulla Persona (2015)
  • Member of the Academic board of the Metanexus Institute, Philadelphia (2008-2010)

Research activities

  • Coordinator of the H2020 project Life FRANCA (2016-2019) -- LIFE15 GIC/IT/000030
  • Project leader of the "Complexity and Anticipation" group, STIAS 2016 (
  • Coordinator of the research unit eVita—Età della vita (Ages of life)
  • Local coordinator of four PRIN (1994, 1996, 2000, 2009)
  • Board of Sophia-Europa, a project of the Metanexus Institute (Philadelphia) with 14 European Universities and research centers, made possible by the support of the John Templeton Foundation (2007-2010)
  • Coordinator of the local unit of the Japanese project Lyee (1997-1999)
  • Pubblicazioni:
  • Five books (Springer, Carrocci, Marietti, etc.)
  • More than 20 edited books or journal’s special issues (Kluwer, Springer, Ashgate, Rodopi, etc.)
  • More than 200 scientific papers (Futures, Foresight, Journal of Futures Studies, World Futures Review, Philosophy of Science, Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, International Journal of General Systems, Journal of Sociocybernetics, Applied Ontology, E:CO; Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America; International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Minds and Machines, International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, On the Hozizons, Grazer Studien, Brentano Studien, Epistemologia, etc.)

Other activities

  • Editor-in-chief of Axiomathes (Springer)
  • Editor-in-chief of the Handbook of Anticipation (Springer, scheduled for 2018)
  • Editor-in-chief of the series Anticipation Science (Springer) 
  • Editor-in-chief of the series Categories (De Gruyter)
  • Member of the editorial board of the journals Futures, European Journal of Futures Research, Balkan Journal of Philosophy, and International Journal of Semiotics and Visual Rhetoric.
  • Director of the Master Program in Social Foresight (Previsione sociale)
  • Member of PhD committees of the Universities of Hull (2016, 2017), Pavia (2016), Salento (2012) and Verona 2015).
  • External referee for projects submitted to the Research Council of Canada (section Social Sciences and Humanities); the NWO Council for the Humanities (The Netherlands); the National Council for Scientific Research of the Romanian Government; the Polish Narodowe Centrum Nauki (National Science Centre); the Austrian Science Fund.
  • Referee for a number of publishing houses, including Springer, De Gruyter and Yale University Press.
  • Referee for many academic journals, including Synthese, Futures, Foresight, the European Journal of Future Research, Ecology and Society, Art and Perception, and Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.
  • Referee for many conferences, including OBML—Workshop on Ontologies in Biomedicine and Life Sciences, SICO—Sofia International Conference on Ontology, and YIRCoF’13 – Yeditepe International Research Conference on Foresight and Futures.
  • President of -skopìa, start up of the University of Trento.
  • Invited to lecture (occasionally more than once) by academic institutions or for academic events in Aarhus, Athens, Bari, Belo Horizonte, Bristol, Cardiff, Catania, Copenhagen, Cork, Cracow, Den Haag, El Paso, Foggia, Granada, Leipzig, London (Canada), Istanbul, Ivrea, Iwate (Japan), Kaliningrad, Katowice, Lecce, Leipzig, Liege, Limerick, Lincoln, Lublin, Lyon, Madrid, Montreal, Moscow, Naples, Nyborg (Denmark), Oxford, Orlando, Paris, Perugia, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pisa, Rome, Salerno, Salzburg, San Marino, Sibiu (Romania), Sofia, Stellenbosch (South Africa), Tokyo, Trieste, Trolhatten (Sweden), Tübingen, Turin, Urbino, Varna, Vicenza, Warsaw, Waterville, Wien, Würzburg, and Zaragoza.

Research interests

His research interests include (1) anticipatory systems, i.e. system able to take decisions according to their possible future development (R. Poli and R. Miller, Understanding Anticipatory Systems, special issue of Foresight, 2010; Introduction to Anticipation Studies. The Risk and Use of Anticipatory Behavior (in preparation, contract signed); Handbook of Anticipation (editor, in preparation, contract signed), (2) ontology, in both its traditional philosophical understanding and the new, computer-oriented, understanding (Alwis. Ontology for Knowledge Engineers, PhD Thesis, Utrecht, 2001; Theory and Applications of Ontology, 2 vol. Springer 2010).


  • World Futures Studies Federation
  • World Future Society
  • Association of Professional Futurists
  • Nicolai Hartmann Association
  • SILFS—Società Italiana di Logica e Filosofia della Scienza


Poli has organized dozens of conferences and workshops. He has been the coordinator of the series of events FuMee—Futures Meetings (Rovereto 2008, Lincoln 2009, Paris 2010, Copenhagen 2011, Lausanne 2013). He has been in the Board of Directors of BISCA – Bolzano International Schools in Cognitive Analysis (previously: International Summer Schools in Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence) for the entire duration of the schools (1988-2002)

Poli has been Visiting Scholar at the Department of Philosophy of Indiana University, Bloomington (1987), at the Forschungsstelle und Dokumentationszentrum für Österreichische Philosophie, Graz (1988); at the Department of Logic of the Jagiellonian University, Cracow (1990), at the Department of Mathematics of McGill University, Montreal (1999), at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (EVA), Leipzig (2006), at the École normale supérieure Lettres et Sciences humaines, Lyon (2007), at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Texas at El Paso (2007), STIAS—Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (2014, 2016), IAS-Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol (2015).


Notes and downloads

Some of my publications and unpublished papers can be downloaded from: