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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 2017

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.


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 USA)
16-18 September, Co-Chairs: Professor Nicholas Burns and Ms Jami Miscik

ASEAN: the key to East Asia's future?
13-15 October, Chair: The Lord Williams of Baglan

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

* 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.