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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.

January 2015 to December 2016

The programme for the preceding and current year 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.


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: The Rt Hon. the Baroness Amos

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

South Asia: peace, prosperity and regional cooperation
21-23 April, Chair: Mr Bill Emmott

Growth and jobs in Europe: the way forward (2)
19-21 May, Chair: The Rt Hon. the Lord Willetts

Can the earth still sustain us? Biodiversity, resources and pollution (1)
16-18 June, Chair: Dr Tony Juniper

AGM and Annual Lecture
9 July, Lecturer The Honorable Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States

The US and Europe: renewing the Transatlantic Partnership
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.