Chatham House’s annual flagship London Conference, launched in 2014, brings together 200 senior decision makers in the policy, business and academic spheres to debate how best to manage the profound economic and political rebalancing taking place across the world.
The London Conference takes place in a city renowned as a global hub for diplomacy, business and finance, communications and international NGOs. It draws on Chatham House’s extensive international networks, reputation and capabilities as one of the world’s leading independent institutes on international affairs.
Step behind the headlines
The London Conference offers a distinctive and neutral venue for decision makers to get behind the headlines and debate the economic, political and environmental trends underlying and connecting current events.
The London Conference is structured as an interactive dialogue, with a mix of panels, interview-style conversations and keynote presentations. Sessions are managed by experienced moderators, who quickly broaden the conversation to include all conference participants. All sessions are held in plenary style and are on the record.
An international expert community
The London Conference is a forum for change. By bringing together individuals from across the world, the London Conference is creating a community with a shared understanding of the major challenges accompanying globalization. Best practices and ideas debated at the London Conference become solutions, adapted for each participant’s country or sector.
Agenda and programme
The agenda for the London Conference is designed by Chatham House and incorporates input from a dedicated steering committee. Conference themes are drawn from a pre-conference workshop and research organized by the institute.
The 2015 London Conference will take place on 1–2 June in Lancaster House in central London. The programme begins on the evening of 1 June at Chatham House with a discussion on the pressing issues of the day, followed by a drinks reception in St James’s Square and private dinners at different locations throughout central London. The main conference takes place on 2 June with panel debates interspersed with conversations and keynote presentations. The day finishes with a reception and dinner for all participants in one of London’s iconic venues.
Publications and outcomes
Each year, Chatham House publishes a report ahead of the conference, where in-house and affiliated experts assess the chosen conference themes, highlighting areas of convergence and divergence between established and rising powers, and between governments and private, non-state actors. The issues raised serve as the starting point for discussions at the conference.
Chatham House ensures the widest possible dissemination of the key ideas raised during the London Conference, communicated to relevant stakeholders through briefings, events and other outputs.
The London Conference is supported by a small group of major multinational companies with extensive international interests and experience. Partners are represented on the conference steering committee, offering the opportunity to contribute to the design of the conference agenda. The London Conference also benefits from cooperation with the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office.