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Spring 2020: Upcoming Events

Audience member takes a photo of Claudia Beamish MSP as she chairs the Futures Forum event on Our Food Future. Pic - Fiona MacLellanAudience member takes a photo of Claudia Beamish MSP as she chairs the Futures Forum event on Our Food Future. Pic - Fiona MacLellan

Scotland’s Futures Forum continues its exploration of our future with a series of events in spring 2020. Covering the future of education, the impact of innovation and sustainability on the jobs we do, and the shared ethics and values that will shape our political decision making, these events all take a long-term perspective on current issues.

All events take place in the Scottish Parliament and are open to the public, although numbers are limited. Check out the Spring Programme or read on to find out more!


Scotland 2030: Carbon Positive Jobs

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Adapted from photo by Nikola Jovanovic on Unsplash

What jobs will there be in a net zero carbon Scotland?

With a climate emergency to respond to while new technology pushes at boundaries and disrupts our lives, many jobs in Scotland will change or disappear completely. New jobs will also emerge. How can we ensure these jobs support the future of our planet?

Bringing together leaders from the public and private sectors, this event on Wednesday 5 February 2020 will explore how innovation and sustainability will shape how we work in the future. 

Full information here


Scotland 2030: Future Education

Flipchart reading "Learning for life"

Over the past three years, the Goodison Group in Scotland and Scotland’s Futures Forum have been exploring the future of education in Scotland.

Join leading figures from education on 30 January 2020 to explore leadership in the future and on 10 March 2020 as the project is brought to a conclusion with the publication of a thought-provoking scenario of Scottish education in the future.

Full information on the events and project here


Scotland 2030: Ethics and Values

Maze from above

Although always diverse, Scotland is more secular and multicultural than ever before, and likely to continue diversifying over the coming decades.

Questions of ethics and values will continue to shape public discourse and political decision making, so where will we get our shared values and moral framework and how can we debate it openly and respectfully?

On 1 April 2020, join Professor Mona Siddiqui and Ken Macintosh MSP, Presiding Officer and Futures Forum chair, to explore our ethics and values in the future.

More information


Scotland 2030 Programme

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These events are all part of our programme to explore Scotland in 2030 and beyond.

There is more information about the Scotland 2030 Programme here: http://www.scotlandfutureforum.org/scotland-2030-programme/

To see all the events and resources we’ve been putting together under this theme, see here: http://www.scotlandfutureforum.org/category/scotland-2030/