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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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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.


AGM and Annual Lecture
8 July

The Future of the Transatlantic Community and the International Order
In partnership with the American Ditchley Foundation (conference to be held in the U.S.)
8-10 September, Co-Chairs: The Hon Madeleine K. 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 on the world?
12-14 October, Chair: The Rt Hon Douglas Alexander

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

Machine learning and artificial intelligence: how do we make sure technology serves the open society?  [Theme 3]
In partnership with Vodafone Group
8-10 December, Chair: Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt FRS FREng FBCS

[Conferences subject to change]

The future of policing and the impact of technology
25-27 January, Chair: TBC

How does aid need to evolve to develop the World we want?
8-10 February, Chair: TBC

Does Turkey still want to be part of the West and does the West still want it?
15-17 March, Chair: TBC

The future of the EU and the Euro without the UK
19-21 April, Chair: TBC

Cyber security: how to bring states and companies together to defend the Net without damaging privacy and values [Theme 3]
10-12 May, Chair: TBC

Economic insecurity: how can it be mitigated by the state and other actors? [Theme 2]
7-9 June, Chair: TBC

Annual Lecture
7 July

Conference Title TBC
Conference in New York, in cooperation with the American Ditchley Foundation
September, Chair: TBC

The future of the family: marriage, gender and identity in society
4-6 October, Chair: TBC

The Oceans: a place to practice new levels of international cooperation or the new Wild West? [Theme 1]
8-10 November, Chair: TBC

China and the West: mutual respect, different values, single economic system. Is it possible?
6-8 December, Chair: TBC


Globally connected cities and their challenge to the nation state [Theme 3]
Date and 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.