Thursday 15th April 2021 at 6pm BST

First Ideas Network 2030 Annual Lecture
Global Trends to 2030: The challenges ahead for Europe
by Klaus Welle, Secretary General, European Parliament

The organisers of IN2030 have decided to establish an annual platform for leading political figures for them to come to address the major themes of our age with a time horizon of 2030. The purpose of this event is not to predict the future – so many efforts have been directed in this way but to little effect as disruptive events, which by their nature are unpredictable, always seem to intervene. The Covid 19 Pandemic provides an excellent example. Instead, it is by being well informed about major long-term trends underway that an outline of our future destiny can be determined.

To set the ball rolling, the IN2030 has been very fortunate to secure the participation of Klaus Welle, the Secretary General of the European Parliament and leading light in the leadership of ESPAS, the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System, which has published 3 major reports on Global Trends 2030 over the past decade. This is now of greater importance in the EU as a Senior Commissioner ( Maroš Šefčovič) has recently been made responsible for foresight in the new European Commission. Vigorous steps are now being taken to ensure that foresight plays a central role in all EU policy areas.

Access to this event is by invitation only, to request an invite please send an email to ideasnetwork2030@gmail.com

This event is organised in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS).


24 February 2021

Virtual conversation on Digital Transformation with Damian Collins MP and Christos Dimas MP

On the 24th February, Damian Collins MP, former Chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee in the House of Commons, and Dr Christos Dimas MP, Deputy Minister of Research, Innovation and Technology, shared their views on how the UK and EU should respond to the opportunities and challenges presented by the digital transformation.

Visit our videos section to watch videos from this event or visit our documents section to read a summary.

27 January 2021

Virtual conversation on China with Tom Tugendhat MP and David McAllister MEP

On 27th January, Tom Tugendhat, Chairman of both the China Research Group in the House of Commons and the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee and David McAllister, Chairman of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee shared their thoughts on how the UK and EU should respond across a number of policy areas to the challenges presented by the rise of China.

Visit our videos section to watch videos from this event or visit our documents section to read a summary.

19 November 2020

Perspectives ahead: The Covid Decade


This conversation provides for a broad-ranging discussion on the perspectives ahead over the next decade across a number of key trends, in particular to assess the likely impact of the Covid pandemic on the prospects for the UK and the EU post Brexit.

The 2019 Ideas Network 2030 Summer University

Click on the image below to hear about the Summer University.

The 2019 Ideas Network 2030 Summer University was held at Saïd Business School in Oxford on Thursday 12th September and Friday 13th September. The meeting focused on key areas including Sustainable Development, Trade & Economics, Security, Migration & Demography and Digital Change.
View the full agenda here or click here to watch more videos.

Ideas Network 2030 – Launch forum

Saturday 22nd September 2018
Rhodes house, Oxford


An interactive event has launched a new network which brings together individuals on the centre right of British politics, along with other stakeholders interested in long term trends, to discuss, evaluate and assess their relevance to current politics in the United Kingdom, and to generate imaginative ideas that will help shape our response to them as a European country.

IN2030: The Big Picture: Global Trends to 2030 and their impact on the United Kingdom. Keynote address.

Click above to watch Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House speaking at the IN2030 Launch Event in Oxford.

View the full agenda here


  • Provide insight into the global trends likely to impact the United Kingdom and its neighbourhood through to 2030
  • Generate and vigorously promote new ideas and innovative thinking on these trends
  • Stimulate a new and continual exchange between the United Kingdom and the European Union


  • A series of think pieces on the key topics of the event which are:
    – What are the pathways to a secure future?
    – How can humanity cope with the speed of digital change?
    – How do we drive change to achieve a more sustainable planet?
    – What is the future of international trade and investment?
  • Copies of keynote and platform interventions
  • Video and collateral material for deployment across Social and traditional Media
  • Establishment of online discussion forum based on event materials materials and debate


A successful launch of the Ideas Network 2030 with a clearly identified agenda and key stakeholders engaged to support it going forward.
If you would like to join the network please send an email with your details to events@in2030.org.uk

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