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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.


Climate and energy risk (1)
16-18 April, Chair: Mr Tom Burke CBE

Intelligence, security and privacy (3)
In partnership with the American Ditchley Foundation
14-16 May, Chair:  Sir John Scarlett KCMG OBE

China: economic growth and political reform
18-20 June, Chair: The Lord Powell of Bayswater KCMG

AGM and Annual Lecture
11 July, Lecturer: UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres
‘Global conflicts and human displacement: 21st Century challenges’

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, Chair: His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, The Governor General of Canada

Britain and the EU: 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: The Baroness Shields OBE


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

Future uses of space: is there an international plan?
18-20 February, Chair: TBC

The future of the euro (2)
17-19 March, Chair: TBC

South Asia: is future prosperity possible without security cooperation?

21-23 April, Chair: TBC

Turkey and its neighbours
19-21 May, Chair: TBC

Natural resources and the emerging economies: how important are commodity markets? (1)
16-18 June, Chair: TBC

AGM and Annual Lecture
9 July, Lecturer TBC

Possible theme: ‘Immigration in the 21st Century: how can we manage the flows?’
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.