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Metaphorum 2024 Conference

Creativity and Viability

16 17 September 2024

Berlin, Germany

The Metaphorum 2024 Conference is set to take place in Berlin, Germany. This will be a two-day event from Monday September 16th to Tuesday September 17th.

This year’s conference theme centres around the role of creativity in sustaining viability. The primary conference activities are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, to be held at The Change Hub, an innovative space dedicated to creating sustainable transformation and social impact.

In keeping with the theme of the conference, this will be an innovative experience, unlike any other Metaphorum conference you have attended.

Our concept

Our ambition is to create an interactive experience where presentations and opportunities to exchange ideas and interact are nicely balanced.

The conceptual pillars:

  1. We start with a marketplace – discover ideas and meet new people!
  2. We use liberating structures to connect the participants!
  3. Poster presentations – no PowerPoint!
  4. The participants vote on the presentations : the Top 3  will be on stage as a plenary – others in break-out rooms  !
  5. Together we create a digital knowledge graph, documenting the conference in real time!


Change Hub

Hardenbergstraße 32
10623 Berlin

Virtual Walkthrough


Creativity In Sustaining Viability

Creativity requires both originality and effectiveness to solve problems in a novel way, achieving a desired result.

Creativity is not limited to artistic domains, but also occurs in the fields of science, technology, or business.

Products of creativity can go beyond tangible objects and may range from abstract actions such as communication and the development of new understandings, to concrete results such as more efficient operation or improved processes, structures or systems.

In the course of the conference we want to explore the role of creativity in creating and sustaining viability.


What does the concept look like in praxis?


Sunday, 15.09.2024 at 18.00hs – Warm-up meeting in a typical pub in the neighbourhood (tba)

Day 1, 16.09.2024

09.00 – 10.00Open doors & registration,
individual networking,
coffee and pastry
10.00 – 10.15Official opening and welcome by the organizers team
10.15 – 10.45Lightning talk
“Setting the scene –
on creativity and viability”
10.45 – 11.30Reflect and connect,
1-2-4-8-ALL conversation
11.30 – 11.45Coffee break
11.45 – 12.30Marketplace,
Voting for the Top 3 presentations which will be on stage in the plenary
12.30 – 13.30Lunch break
13.30 – 14.00Plenary presentation 1
14.00 – 14.30Plenary discussion,
fishbowl format
14.30 – 14.45Coffee break
14.45 – 15.45Breakout session 1 –
all presentations (about seven per breakout session) are happening simultaneously within the location (bar camp like: you decide which presentation you want to see)
15.45 – 16.15Coffee break with pastry
16.15 – 17.45World Café
Guiding question:
“What surprised and inspired you the most – and why did it surprise you?”,
Documentation in the digital knowledge graph
17.45 – 18.00Closing of day 1
20.00 – openLater at the bar,
informal gathering,
location tba


Day 2, 17.09.2024

09.30 – 10.00Open doors & registration,
individual networking,
coffee and pastry
10.00 – 10.15Opening and plan of day 2
10.15 – 10.45Plenary presentation 2
10.45 – 11.15Plenary discussion,
11.15 – 11.30Coffee break
11.30 – 12.30Breakout session 2
12.30 – 13.30Lunch break
13.30 – 14.00Plenary presentation 3
14.00 – 14.30Plenary discussion,
fishbowl format
14.30 – 14.45Coffee break
14.45 – 15.45Breakout session 3
15.45 – 16.15Coffee break with pastry
16.15 – 16.45Final thoughts: What are your take-aways about “Creativity & Viability?”,
browsing through the knowledge graph, open conversation
16.45 – 17.00Closing of day 2,
Call to Community Action: what next ?
17.00 – 18.00Networking

Call for Participation

We can host about 20 presentations during the conference due to the possible break-out sessions. All presentations will be featured as a poster presentation (format: DINA A0 or something similar in size, ca. 85cm × 120cm). You may also make creative use of this requirement, e.g., by printing a graphical illustration, bringing a physical model, or by drawing a sketch on a piece of brown paper (which we have anyways onsite – you could even draw it in the last minute). Additionally, you could come up with a foldable cardboard solution or connect smaller sheets of paper to a poster – the choice is yours!

During the marketplace you will get the chance to promote your poster presentation and encourage the other participants to vote for it. But don’t worry if you are not in the Top 3! Every selected entry will get a presentation slot during the breakout sessions. The higher the interaction rate, the better.

Time schedule of a breakout session

  • 30 minutes presentation (no more!)
  • 30 minutes interactive session with the participants (involve!)

Selection criteria

  • How is your presentation related to “Creativity and Viability”?
  • What are the top insights/ideas/messages that you want to share?
  • Breakout session: How do you want to engage with the participants in your session?


  • Starting Call for Participation: 01.04.2024
  • Closing Call for Participation: 01.06.2024
  • Selection of presentations: 30.06.2024


Independent on whether your presentation is selected during the conference, academic papers developing further the topic presented at the conference are welcomed! We will produce a special issue in a systems or cybernetics journal with the best papers from the conference. There will be a 4 months period to complete the paper after the conference, including inputs from the conversations. Click here to submit your application!

Buy Tickets (what is included in the price?)

We offer two ticket types:

  • Professional tier: 260 GBP (ca. 300 EUR)
    Choose this ticket if you can deduct the ticket price or get your costs reimbursed. This will apply for most professionals and academics.
  • Private tier: 170 GBP (ca. 200 EUR)
    Choose this ticket if you are paying the ticket privately by yourself.

The ticket includes access to the conference and the knowledge graph, soft drinks, coffee, tea and pastry during the day, and a lunch option. Pre- and post-conference activities are not part of this ticket.

Tips for your stay in Berlin

As Berlin is a dynamic metropolitan city, we can only recommend you make the most of your stay, and book your hotel reservation as soon as you have decided to join the Metaphorum conference.

You will find plenty of accommodation possibilities within reasonable walking distance (5-15min) to the venue, for instance:

Motel One Berlin Ku’damm, Berlin Upper West, Berlin Tiergarten

Hotel Indigo Berlin Ku’damm

ibis Berlin Kurfuerstendamm, ibis budget Berlin Kurfuerstendamm, Aparthotel Adagio Berlin Kurfürstendamm, Novotel Berlin am Tiergarten

Aside from these Berlin offers a great variety of attractive accommodations worth checking out, ranging from budget hostel rooms and boutique hotels to private AirBnB.

Due to its central location the conference venue can be reached very easily from other areas of the city (10-20min) by public transportation, for instance Alexanderplatz, Hauptbahnhof, Friedrichstraße, Mitte, Schöneberg, Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg, etc.

Subway line U1, Station „Kurfürstendamm“ or „Uhlandstrasse”

Subway line U2, Station „S+U Zoologischer Garten Bhf (Berlin)“

Subway line U9, Station „S+U Zoologischer Garten Bhf (Berlin)“

S-Bahn lines S3, S5, S7, S9, S45, Station „S+U Zoologischer Garten Bhf (Berlin)“