Our Cumberland Conference series forms the backbone of our annual programme of events, designed to inspire and equip leaders, influencers, students and practitioners to tackle the causes and effects of social divisions and work towards more peaceful, open and inclusive societies.
Every year we host a series of round-table, residential conferences that bring together a wide range of people from different backgrounds and perspectives, including students and academics, community leaders and practitioners, faith leaders, professionals, heads of organisations, business leaders, third sector representatives, journalists, parliamentarians and policymakers, and many more.
We invite a broad cross-section of high profile speakers to engage with our delegates through presentations, round-table discussions, question-and-answer sessions and workshops. Delegates are also encouraged to participate fully in the group activities, to promote constructive dialogue, creative thinking and learning.
Recent Cumberland Conferences have covered topics ranging from extremism to violence against women, and ethnic inequalities at work. Our November conference will delve into the issue of hate crime and our 2018 series will focus on the theme of 'freedom'.
We also host an annual Police Conference, which brings together police leaders, officers and trainees with other key stakeholders to discuss key issues facing the Police, from both a policymaking and frontline perspective. Our 2017 Police Conference tackled the pressing issue of modern slavery, and further details can be found here.
Free and open exchange of views
Many of our conferences are held under the Chatham House Rule, to provide a 'safe' space for open and honest debate and discussion. This rule means that participants are free to use the information they gather from an event, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speakers, nor that of any other participant, will be revealed outside of the room.
We offer bursaries to help students with limited financial means to attend, and to support representatives of not-for-profit orgnaisations who would otherwise not be able to attend. We are also moving towards a financial model that allows us to offer more free places for invited delegates, to reach more people and to ensure a balanced cross-spectrum of participants.