Our first landmark BRI conference was held in October 2017, with Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown delivered an impressive keynote address and set the geo-political context of BRI for almost 200 delegates.

The past two years’ conferences have attracted over 60 expert speakers from Asia, the UK and Europe. This year, we will also have speaker from Africa attending for the first time.

Photographs of previous conferences can be viewed in the Gallery section.

This year marks the 3rd year of the Belt and Road Initiative Conference organised by the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh. It will be a great opportunity to hear a range of international insights into the Belt & Road Initiative. This year’s conference has a panel format with topics covering governance, economics, environment, data, law, China Africa relationship and sustainable textile.

See the full Conference Programme including speaker biographies in the Programme section of the website.

Organised by the Confucius Institute for Scotland, the BRI Conference have had received generous support from organisations and partners we have worked very closely with, such as China Britain Business Council, the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, the Department for International Trade (DIT), the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities and Arup.

 “There’s no doubt that academic, business and governmental understanding between China and Scotland around BRI have improved markedly as a consequence of the BRI conference,” says Professor Natascha Gentz, Assistant Principal (China) and Director of the Confucius Institute for Scotland. “we are planning to ensure that Belt and Road is firmly on the agenda for Scottish organisations who wish to play a part and benefit from its reach.”


This year’s conference will be held in one of Edinburgh’s iconic historical buildings – the McEwan Hall in the University of Edinburgh. The McEwan Hall was purpose-built as a venue for grand occasions such as graduation ceremonies, Rectoral addresses, concerts and public events. Watch McEwan Hall preview here.

Watch McEwan Hall preview here

McEwan Hall Preview from CAHSS Webteam on Vimeo.