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Learn more about our convention

What is NEXT?

NEXT by TRT World Forum aims to provide an international platform where young pioneering journalists, academics, activists, NGO members and entrepreneurs can voice and exchange ideas while addressing the most controversial issues of our time to shape a more inclusive and sustainable future. Within this framework, Next by TRT World Forum encourages and inspires young people to take responsibility in shaping the future and building a sustainable world by combining their experiences and skills.

The interactions provided with the speakers and participants during the event will be maintained by extending the event activities throughout the year. Substantial outcomes will be delivered via projects and workshops organised throughout the event. Moreover, in line with the mission of TRT World Forum, we aim to bring together a diversity of voices and provide a platform for discussing the most important issues in our rapidly changing world.

The Event

NEXT by TRT World Forum, which will take place on May 14, 2022, will feature panels that will discuss what awaits us in the future while also seeking answers to some of today’s most  interesting and pressing questions. A range of issues, from climate change to space tourism, from the latest advances in technology to society regression, and from instant consumption content to sustainable business models, will be debated at NEXT by TRT World Forum! In this context, topics that have already had an impact today and concern the future will be presented to the participants of NEXT through interactive and eye-opening events.

For a unique experience, NEXT by TRT World Forum will also include an NFT Workshop, metaverse experiences, exclusive interviews, board games, a news studio, social media corner and workshop areas for the participants. While having the chance to meet the speakers on the main stage for exciting discussions, the unique event experience will continue throughout the day in the foyer area!

What awaits us at NEXT?

  • Expert speakers, including journalists, activists and decision-makers from different all around the world!
  • VR Experience, Metaverse Space, News Studio, Creative Corner and other unique activities.
  • Multiple workshops for young people to get involved with their innovative ideas
  • Exclusive interviews with pioneering young leaders, entrepreneurs and social media influencers who have made a difference in their fields.
  • Networking areas
  • Panels and speeches that will continue throughout the day on the main stage


NEXT Media

  • The Metaverse and Media: How Will Tech’s Hottest Trend Impact Journalism?


  • Metaverse Design Powerhouse

NEXT Planet

  • Speaking Up for the Planet: Youth for Climate Action
  • Hitchhiking Through the Galaxy: The Future of Space Travel

NEXT Business

  • Business With Impact: Pathways to a Sustainable Futurey
  • Transforming by Design

NEXT Society

  • Building Back Together: Social Recovery Post-Pandemic
  • Scrolling Down the Hatred: Is a Peaceful Social Media Possible?
  • The Everchanging World: How to be Successful, Relevant and Healthy

Next Leads

  • The Rise of Digital Assets and the Future of Blockchain
  • Building An Unconventional Media Business
  • Inspiring Young Minds Among Limitless Expectations

Application and Admission

The application conditions are as follows:

  • Being in the age range of 20 and 35.
  • Filling out the application form
  • Having a diverse educational background or work experience (economics, media, human rights, non-governmental organisations, politics, technology, culture, arts, entertainment, creative industries, social entrepreneurship, education and research).
  • Be willing to collaborate in international projects with participants from different parts of the world.
  • To be able to speak English at a good level.

Due to the high interest, NEXT by TRT World Forum will only be able to accept a limited number of participants among the applicants. Thus, submitting a complete application form is essential to increase your chances of being accepted.


During  NEXT by TRT World Forum, in addition to successive panels, talks and other unique events, workshops will organized in which participants can partake according to their interests. These workshops will take place before the main event and under the themes of NEXT.

A separate interview process will be followed to be included in these workshops, and various works will be carried out in cooperation with national and international organisations. The NEXT by TRT World Forum team will follow every workshop, which will be conducted in a different format according to the theme. On the day of the main event, the workshop participants will be brought together with experts.

Depending on their scope, these workshops, which will commence before the main event, may also continue after the event.

  • Feature & News Writing
  • Creative Content Production
  • Journalism Photography
  • Podcasting
  • VR Illustration
  • Writing Analysis & Reports
  • NFT Creation


*NEXT by TRT World Forum will cover the accommodation and travel expenses of a limited number of applicants participating from outside of Turkiye.

Conditions to apply for the grant:

  • To meet the general conditions of participation
  • To send an up-to-date resume
  • To send the relevant documents if you previously conducted a study regarding NEXT themes
  • To follow NEXT by TRT World Forum team’s interview process