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Upcoming Event

New date: 11 June 2024 (tbc) at 18:00 (UK time)

Strategic readings on the EU’s future

Speaker: Dr Franck Debié, Director of the Library of the European Parliament

This event was originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 21 but has been postponed due illness. The plan is to reschedule it for Tuesday, June 11 at 18:00, details to be confirmed.

The European elections have become a moment for resetting the long term agenda of the European Union. To help candidates and the political parties position themselves on long term issues, the different European institutions are publishing forward looking documents. Member States are preparing the European Council’s Strategic agenda – a kind of strategic contract with the next Commission – and testing ideas for the future.

In this online event, Dr Franck Debié, Director of the Library of the European Parliament will provide a personal guided tour through these forward looking texts on shelf, all fresh from the print by Macron, Draghi, Letta … or the European inter-institutional foresight system (ESPAS).

Recent Events

16 April 2024 at 19:30 (UK time)

UK launch of ‘The Digital World towards 2040’ report

Speaker: Ajit Jaokar, European Internet Forum Rapporteur
Comments: Simon Staffell, Director Government Affairs, Microsoft
Chair: Alex Boyd, Director, Ideas Network 2030.

This special event held in London was the UK launch of ‘The Digital World towards 2040’ which is an important new report which has been developed in collaboration with experts from both sides of the Atlantic. This London launch took place only a few days after the European launch in Brussels and we were pleased to welcome Ajit Jaokar, University of Oxford & European Internet Forum Rapporteur, who presented the findings from the report to a selected UK audience of younger generation and close supporters of the Ideas Network 2030. Simon Staffell, Director Government Affairs, Microsoft responded to Ajit’s presentation and the session was chaired by Alex Boyd, Director of the Ideas Network 2030.

To find out more about this event click here >.

Online event – 12 March 2024 at 18:00 (UK time)

Electoral trends in the EU, the UK and the US

Klaus Welle, Chairman Academic Council of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies

2024 is a exceptional year for elections during which more than 50 countries will be going to the polls where over a quarter of the world’s population will have the opportunity to vote. Elections to the European Parliament take place from 6 – 9 June while the US Presidential election will take place on Tuesday 5 November. The UK election is likely to take place in the autumn. The results of these elections will have a fundamental effect as to how the Western Alliance shapes up towards 2030.

During our virtual conversation, Klaus Welle, Chairman Academic Council of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, gave his perspective on ‘electoral trends in the EU, the UK, and the US’

To find out more about this event click here >.

Friday 8 September 2023

AUTUMN SEMINAR: Digital transformation and Economy and Trade

Unipart, Oxford

Click above to watch short summary of the Autumn Seminar (8.5 min video).

Friday 8 September 2023

ORIEL COLLEGE RECEPTION & DINNER: Charting the Course for the UK and Europe: How to improve relations towards 2030.

Oriel College, Oxford

Thursday 20 April 2023

SPRING SEMINAR: Sustainability and Geopolitics: 2030 and beyond

Online event

Opening remarks: Damian Green MP, President IN2030

AM – Sustainability: Net zero 2050: at what cost?
Climate Change is likely to intensify over the next 2 decades. As the last NIC 2040 report indicates, “more extreme storms, droughts and floods; melting glaciers and ice caps, and rising sea levels will accompany rising temperatures”. For both the UK and the EU, reaching net zero will mean the most radical transformation of the modern economy in history, with new modes of production, distribution and consumption invented in order to ensure the full de-carbonisation of the global economic system.

PM – Geopolitics: Europe’s Collective Security: what is the path ahead?
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has opened a new era for geopolitics, openly showing that the multilateral order is under threat. Instability looks to be a permanent element for long term scenario planning. The Transatlantic Partnership has been galvanised to take measures to strengthen their capacity to act collectively. Europeans have to consider their future security. The grey ambiguity of cyber warfare and the shifting geopolitical sands to the East are clearly visible. The West must find a way to challenge successfully autocratic hegemony.

The Ideas Network 2030

The Ideas Network 2030 was launched in September 2018 with the mission to provide an informal framework for individuals of the centre-right of British politics – along with other stakeholders interested in long-term trends and their effects on our economy, politics and society – to meet, discuss, evaluate and assess their relevance and importance to current politics in the United Kingdom.

The Network is working with local, national and European stakeholders across politics, business, academia and society to drive change and nurture ideas. Its main partners as of today are the Wilfred Martens Centre (WMC), the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), and the Conservative European Forum (CEF).

During 2022, we continued to organise events, working closely with our partners. In 2023 we maintained a programme of events including our Spring and Autumn seminars in place of the Summer University.

To find out more about the Ideas Network 2030 click here.