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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.


Can Saudi Arabia lead the Gulf to a knowledge economy and a sustainable and stable future?
18-20 May, Chair: Ms Karen Elliott House

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, co-Chairs: The Hon Jean Charest PC and Mr Duane Smith

AGM and Annual Lecture
8 July

The Challenge to the Political West and the World Order
In partnership with the American Ditchley Foundation (conference to be held in the U.S.)
8-10 September, Co-Chairs: The Hon Madeleine Albright and Mr Stephen J. Hadley

From words and pictures to impact: how can think tanks, convenors, socially responsible companies and other not for profit organisations have more impact?
12-14 October, Chair: TBC

Russia's role in the world
16-18 November, Chair: Ambassador William J. Burns

Artificial intelligence: brave new world or the seeds of our own destruction?
In partnership with the Vodafone Group
7-9 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.