This is the agenda  for 2016,  and a new programme for events in 2017 will be added soon.

The global events of 2016 have caused many people to question who they trust. How is this affecting the role of experts and institutions? How can leaders from across politics, business, science and the arts create a flourishing, creative and innovative society, workforce and economy against this backdrop?

Speakers include:

  • Lord David Willetts, Chair of the British Science Association
  • Professor Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham  and broadcaster
  • Sacha Romanovitch, Chief Executive of Grant Thornton LLP UK
  • Baroness Onora O’Neill, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge

Many sections of business, politics and public life have had a crisis of public trust in recent years, but who do we trust with science? And what can we learn from the handling of different areas of science and innovation?

Speakers include:

  • Lady Barbara Judge, Chair of the Institute of Directors
  • Sir David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge
  • Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE, Crossbench peer and Deputy Chair, Climate Change Committee
  • Dr Julia Shaw, lecturer in criminology and psychology at London South Bank University

There will be a sit down lunch for delegates, plus two round tables for selected delegates:

  • Corporate sponsored research with an opening presentation from Professor Gillian Leng (NICE)
  • Reasons for failure, with an opening presentation from Professor Joyce Tait (University of Edinburgh) and chaired by Lord David Willetts (Chair, British Science Association)

The public need to be engaged and informed on innovations in science and technology that are set to have a big impact on their lives and the world around them. With technological progress comes a greater need for accountability, for creating public discussion and for ensuring a shared vision between power and the people. What experts, institutions and systems are we going to trust in the future?

Speakers include:

  • Baroness Martha Lane-Fox, founder of and Chair of
  • Vinay Gupta, technologist and policy analyst
  • Dame Wendy Hall, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton
  • Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Oxford
  • Richard Wiseman, Professor of Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire


Trust and good reputations are hard won but easily lost. What drives consumers’ decision making and how can we drive trust in our business and institutions? How can leaders from across politics, business, science and the arts regain the trust of society? How can collaboration and innovation drive greater openness, transparency and economic benefits for both the good of society and UK plc?

Speakers include:

  • Matt Ridley, journalist and author
  • Daniel Susskind, author and lecturer in economics at the University of Oxford
  • Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England
  • Karen Blackett OBE, Chair of MediaCom UK
  • Edwina Dunn, co-founder of dunnhumby and Chair of the Your Life campaign
  • Ed Williams, Chief Executive, Edelman UK

Featuring a performance from Matt Forde, a comedian and broadcaster who has appeared on Have I Got News For You (BBC One) and Mock the Week (BBC Two), and has recently launched Unspun with Matt Forde on DAVE.