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Since it was first published in 1817, The Scotsman has been at the heart of the debate about issues that really matter. Almost 200 years later, it is still the national forum for discussion on the topics of the moment, and is right at the heart of the debate on Scotland's constitutional future.

The newspaper - and its successful website - - offer an authoritative space for all shades of opinion to have their say on the challenges and opportunities facing Scotland. Now Scotsman Conferences is bringing the debate alive with high-quality, modern conferences for a modern world.

The Scotsman Conferences programme has seen over 3000 professionals from across Scotland and beyond attending more than 30 events. The 2014 programme is our busiest ever, with two successful new events already behind us - ‘The Digital Fabric of Scotland’ which took place on January the 29th and ‘Realising the Potential of Life Sciences in Scotland’ - and plans for regular events all through the year.

Another new event is our forestry conference on 29th May, while we are also re-visiting successful events with a fresh twist - The Media in Scotland: What Does The Digital Future Look Like and The Economics of Independence: The Pound in Your Pocket. The latter will take a fresh look at what independence might mean for the areas where we spend most - tax, pensions, mortgages, energy bills and shopping.

We have also launched our first series of breakfast seminars. They will focus on the potential impact of the referendum on taxation, wealth management and charities and have been organised in conjunction with Turcan Connell.

Later in the year, we will hold our third food and drink conference following last year's hugely successful, Scottish Food & Drink: Keeping It In The Family. Look out too for the return of our popular markets and energy events.

We continue to deliver a programme of informative and lively debates featuring expert speakers, with a focus on big issues which affect both the public and private sector - most held at our superb venue, The National Galleries of Scotland.

Speakers at Scotsman Conferences events over the last year have included leading politicians (Alistair Darling, Nicola Sturgeon, Ed Davey, John Swinney and many more) and leading figures from business such as Katherine Garrett-Cox (Alliance Trust), Rupert Soames (Aggreko), Jim McColl (Clyde Blowers), Dave Tudor (GlaxoSmithKline) and Robin Barr & Roger White (AG Barr)

Respected academics have come from across the UK to participate in our events, including Prof John Kay (London School of Economics), Prof Hew Strachan (Oxford University) alongside Scottish-based experts Profs David Bell, John Curtice and William Walker.

Our events are chaired by experts, too - Peter Jones, Sheena McDonald, Bill Jamieson and Stephen Jardine - while many large business organisations have supported our events. Without exception, they have been delighted by the results. They include : Bank of Scotland, Alliance Trust, Pinsent Masons, Brodies, Investec, Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, Spirit Aerosystems, HBJ Gateley, and many more.

Scotsman Conference Format

Unlike traditional conferences, our events run for half a day - because delegates can no longer afford the luxury of a full day away from their desk. They need to keep up-to-date with policy developments and build professional networks, so our sharply-focussed events allow delegates to do both without eating into valuable working time.

Our agendas may be shorter but thanks to The Scotsman’s unrivalled access to a national and UK network of experts, each event attracts the best possible speakers and we build in time for discussion and networking.

The delegate fee is affordable and offers excellent value for money.

Each event is supported by editorial opportunities in The Scotsman as well as online, widening the scope of the debate and offering speakers a national platform.

To sign up for our 2014 events, use the 'Book Now' button on the appropriate conference page, or call 0131 620 8212.

Explore the site to find out more about our recent events or contact us direct to discuss how Scotsman Conferences can bring you and your organisation to the heart of the debate. You can contact us on 0131 620 8212 or by emailing: or join or exclusive database by clicking here.

The Media in Scotland: What does the digital future look like?
The Media in Scotland: What does the digital future look like?Book now

Following last year's successful conference examining the future of Scotland's media, the 2014 event will take a more detailed look at what the media landscape might look like over the next decade.

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Referendum Breakfast: Wealth Management
Referendum Breakfast: Wealth ManagementBook now

This seminar will examine how the referendum result may impact on the management of wealth in Scotland. Should asset-holders consider moving them outside Scotland - or is it best to sit tight as there would be a period of consultation in the eve...
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Building on Success: The future of forestry and timber in Scotland
Building on Success: The future of forestry and timber in ScotlandBook now

The conference - organised in association with Confor: promoting forestry and wood - will hear experts from industry, politics and academia outline the decisions needed to protect and enhance forestry's contribution to economic growth and rural...
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The Economics of Independence: The pound in your pocket.
The Economics of Independence: The pound in your pocket.Book now

There has been significant discussion about the big macroeconomic issues around independence but only limited examination of how these might impact household budgets. Join us as expert speakers outline the big policy questions in key spending ar...
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Referendum Breakfast: Charities
Referendum Breakfast: CharitiesBook now

The potential impact of independence on charities is immense - yet there has been little public debate about how the referendum might affect the charitable sector. Join us as expert speakers tackle crucial issues such as funding; regulation and ...
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