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Young Minds of the Future (YMF) was founded in 2013 with the vision of engaging youth in collaborative forums that address key issues and complex challenges in our local and global communities. YMF Conferences engage youth with a variety of speakers, and facilitate collaboration among students in addressing a range of topics that emphasise engagement with complex global challenges and the development of critical thinking skills. In doing so, YMF’s unique Collaborative Circles framework underpins the truly innovative and collaborative nature of these conferences; students are provided with the opportunity to engage in collaborative discussion that fosters leadership and problem solving skills, and develops a sense of global citizenship.


Young Minds of the Future hosts conferences at the University of Queensland, one of Australia’s finest universities, which focus on providing a forum for collaboration between students with an enthusiasm for knowledge and a desire to engage with like-minded individuals. Incorporating the unique Collaborative Circles framework, YMF Conferences focus on engaging youth in a collaborative forum that extends outside the classroom environment, with an emphasis on critical and forward thinking skills, and the development of young leaders of our future.

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What People Say About YMF

  • I enjoyed learning more about the world we live in and how powerful the media and presentation is to influencing our beliefs and the perspectives of others around us. The speakers spoke very well and were certainly engaging!
    Tynnika Fulloon
  • The YMF conference was a new and exciting experience with new and appealing aspects that have not previously been explored and available.The presentations were all very interesting, thought provoking, and 'framed and conditioned' our minds for the later group discussions. These small group discussions with each of the presenters also opened our eyes to other new perspectives and the pros and cons of different futuristic developments. Overall it was a brilliant experience and I can't wait for the next conference!
    Victoria Swadling
  • It is great that students and teachers are able to experience this high level of presentation and interaction, and UQ is an excellent location! I like the format of having presenters at the start followed by the opportunity to discuss afterwards. The added final session of coming back together to shape feedback is wonderful, especially with such interesting topics!
    Simon Canfield
  • An amazing experience which allows you to interact with other young people who possess different perspectives on social issues. I had a brilliant time and I would definitely recommend it for someone who is interested in humanities subjects.
    Marina Hou
  • I enjoyed the relaxed yet intellectual conversations, or more specifically discussion, that were held when dissecting each topic. I also enjoyed the talks at the beginning. They were deeply interesting and proficient in arousing interest in the topics.
    Marina Lima
  • I approached YMF looking for a way to further my knowledge of humanities and the ins and outs of modern society. The result was an incredible experience, followed with fascinating interactions with other people within the same age group who all retain their own contrasting angles on the world today. Personally, I believe that everyone who attended the event came out with a new perspective on the 21st century society. I recommend YMF to everyone who has an interest in meeting new people in a fun and new way whilst looking at humanities subjects through other viewpoints.
    Tyler Vo