Previous Seminars and Projects

A Guide and Legacy Report for the 2011 – 2016 Parliamentary Session (External site) 

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) Green Budget and Implications for Scotland

Tuesday 4 March 2014

This joint Scotland’s Futures Forum and David Hume Institute event was co-sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council. The speaker was Paul Johnson, Director of IFS, and the seminar was chaired by Professor Charlie Jeffery, Edinburgh University, ESRC and DHI Trustee. Slides are available via the following link:


Sit Less and Walk More: A route to healthier ageing and increased wellbeing

Tuesday 4 June 2013

The evidence for the positive effect of regular activity for physical and mental health is substantial and convincing. What is less well-known is that recent evidence indicates that it is not enough to get regular exercise. The amount time spent sitting is also a major contributor to future health.

In partnership with Beltane Public Engagement Network, this Scotland's Futures Forum seminar discussed the latest research on this subject presented by a team of international experts.

The following presentations took place (any slides provided are now available by clicking on the links):


Early Language Learning and Multi-Lingualism: Scottish and European Perspectives

Monday 4 February 2013

This Scotland's Futures Forum event, in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh, discussed the importance of multi-lingualism and how it stimulates learning and skills development. There were be contributions from a number of leading academics and international experts at the seminar, led by Professor Antonella Sorace of the University of Edinburgh and representatives of the European branches of the information and public engagement service Bilingualism Matters. The seminar explored the benefits of early bilingualism and compared policies and initiatives for early language learning across Europe.

The following presentations took place (any slides provided are now available by clicking on the links):



Other event reports


June 2011:  Realising the Full Potential of Scottish Universities

March 2011:  SFF Seminars on Climate Change, A Discussion Paper

March 2011:  Women, Punishment and Human Rights

November 2010:  Seminar on Social Impact Bonds

November 2010:  The Future of British Sign Language in an Inclusive Scotland

July 2010:  Funding for Public Services

August 2009:  What should a Scottish Learning Society look like?

May 2009:  Poverty and Inequalities in Scotland conference report, held in conjunction with the SPIU Glasgow Caledonian University.