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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. 

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January 2015 to December 2016

The programme for the next two years is designed to reflect a focus on three specific themes, as well as the existing concentration on the big issues in Asia. Not all the conferences can reflect these themes, since there needs to be space for individual major international issues too, but the aim is to have a number of related conferences, usually three over a two-year period, for each theme. The three themes for the coming period are:

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

The conferences are tagged accordingly.

2015

The Asia-Pacific: an agenda for new challenges
In partnership with the Canadian Ditchley Foundation and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
(Conference to be held in Vancouver, Canada)
18-20 September, Co-Chairs: His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston and Ms Janice Charette

The UK and the EU: redefining the relationship or heading for the exit?
29-31 October, Chair: The Rt Hon Baroness Ashton of Upholland GCMG

Free trade and investment: why are we losing the arguments? (2)
19-21 November, Chair: Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky

The digital economy: power and accountability in the private sector (3)
In partnership with Vodafone Group
10-12 December, Chair: Ms Nuala O'Connor

2016

Nuclear energy: the future or the past? (1)
28-30 January, Chair: Lady Judge CBE

Europe and migration: how can the flows be managed?
18-20 February, Chair: TBC

Change in the Middle East: new lines in the sand?
17-19 March, Chair: TBC

South Asia: is peace and prosperity possible without regional cooperation?

21-23 April, Chair: TBC

Growth and jobs in Europe: the way forward (2)
19-21 May, Chair: TBC

Can the earth still sustain us? Resources, pollution and biodiversity (1)
16-18 June, Chair: TBC

AGM and Annual Lecture
9 July, Lecturer TBC

Possible theme: ‘The US and Europe: weakening bonds in a challenging world?’
In partnership with the American Ditchley Foundation
(Conference to be held in US)
16-18 September, Chair: TBC

ASEAN: the key to East Asia’s future?
13-15 October, Chair: TBC

Will we still have a single global internet in 2020? (3)
In partnership with Vodafone Group
17-19 November, Chair: TBC

Investment in Africa: new frontier v old insecurities (2)
8-10 December, Chair: TBC


* 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.