This is  the first major conference in Scotland for businesses, academics and policy-makers to understand more about the world’s largest economic development initiative and how you can get involved.

The opening plenary will seek to define and question some of the BRI’s main attributes – geopolitical, economic, environmental and cultural.  The finance plenary will reveal sources of funding and focus on specific opportunities of relevance to Scottish and UK businesses.  Afternoon workshops and panels will explore specific themes – Water; Energy; Green Infrastructure; and Data.

Chairs, moderators and speakers are currently being finalised but will include notable figures such as:

  • Rt Hon Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the UK
  • Chen Liming, Chairman of IBM, Greater China
  • Gregory Hodkinson, Global Chair, Arup
  • Juhong Wang, General Manager, Tencent, developers of WeChat
  • Henry Tillman of Grisons Peak & China Outbound Investments
  • Wei Sun, Shanghai Lijiazui Financial City
  • Adrian Sym, Alliance for Water Stewardship

Edinburgh has a proud history as a European city pioneering innovation and was recently named one of the world’s Top 20 Most Sustainable Cities, making it a fitting location for this Sustainable Silk Roads conference.

The venue for the conference is the recently refurbished iconic McEwan Hall in the University of Edinburgh –  a superb venue in which to hold this conference which will offer simultaneous translation in English and Mandarin. Watch McEwan Hall preview here

McEwan Hall Preview from CAHSS Webteam on Vimeo.