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Future Programme

An outline sketch of each conference can be found by clicking on the links below.  These are constantly under review and may be updated from time to time. 

Ditchley conference participants occasionally submit background material which may be of interest particularly to fellow participants.  Please click on the relevant link below to read any material that may have been submitted, but note that the content is not endorsed by The Ditchley Foundation.  You may wish to check again closer to the date of the conference as additional material may be added.

The programme is designed to reflect a focus on three specific themes, while allowing space to explore other major international issues. The three themes for the coming period are:

1.    Energy, climate and resources
2.    Finance and trade
3.    Challenges of a digital world

The relevant conferences are tagged accordingly.


21st-century manufacturing: the jobs, workers and technology for a new era (2)
In partnership with the Canadian Ditchley Foundation
8-10 December, Chair: Ms. Linda S. Hasenfratz


Investment in Africa: new frontier v. old insecurities (2)
In partnership with The Brenthurst Foundation
26-28 January, Chair: President Olusegun Obasanjo

Drones, remote weapons and other robots: the military, commercial, legal and ethical implications
16-18 February, Chair: General Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE ADC Gen Retd

Europe: the state of the Union
16-18 March, Chair: TBC

Non-state actors and the changing nature of conflict
In partnership with the United Nations University
6-8 April, Chair: Dr David M. Malone

Saudi Arabia: regional influence and national renewal
18-20 May, Chair: TBC

The Arctic at the crossroads: cooperation or competition? (1)
In partnership with the Canadian Ditchley Foundation (conference to be held in Canada)
9-11 June, Chair: The Hon Jean Charest PC

AGM and Annual Lecture
8 July

* The Ditchley Foundation actively seeks financial support from other organisations sympathetic to the Foundation’s aims and objectives.  Any such funding is accepted on the basis that the sponsor or funding institution gains no influence over the direction of the conference programme or individual conferences, though their support will be fully acknowledged in appropriate ways.