This year’s conference will open at 9.00am for delegate arrival and informal networking within the conference exhibition areas.

Stuart Nichol (KSB Board and SSN Steering Group Member) will open and chair the conference with a welcome address from Rebecca Bell, Chair of the SSN Steering Group.

The morning plenary will include a Ministerial Message plus keynote contributions from:

  • Matthew Bell, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change;
  • Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde;
  • Andrew Darnton, Managing Director of AD Research and Analysis, specialist in influencing behaviours towards sustainability and lead author of the ISM behavioural framework.

Networking opportunities will continue during lunch before reconvening for a brief plenary on the value and role of the network. This will help set the context for ensuing discussions in the proceeding parallel sessions.

Parallel session topics will range across transport, active travel, energy systems, energy efficiency, procurement, food systems, and influencing behaviour change. Each session will explore in more detail the pathways towards 2030 and the vital role played by public sector organisations. Confirmed session speakers include Barbara Morton, Director, Sustainable Procurement Limited and Tom Andrews, Director of Sustainable Food Cities, Soil Association.

The final plenary will bring formal proceedings to a close by 16:30 allowing delegates to resume networking in the exhibition areas, with light refreshments available until 18:00.


Programme Timetable

Breakfast Networking and Exhibition
Conference Welcome

Stuart Nichol, Conference Chair

Rebecca Bell, SSN Chair

Ministerial Message

Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Scottish Government

Plenary 1: Pathways to 2030 – A Low Carbon, Climate Resilient Scotland

Matthew Bell, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change

Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde

Refreshment break, networking and exhibition
Plenary 2: Making Change Happen – The Critical Role of Behaviours

Andrew Darnton, Managing Director of AD Research and Analysis, behaviours specialist and author of the ISM Model

Lunch, Networking and Exhibition
Plenary 3: The Value and Impact of the SSN

SSN Steering Group key stakeholders

Parallel Sessions

Parallel Sessions Topics are sustainable food; energy efficiency; local energy models; business travel; active travel; climate action co-benefits; culture and behaviours; ISM and sustainable policy development; sustainable procurement.  More information can be found on the Parallel sessions page.

Plenary 4: Gaining Traction on Pathways to 2030: Lessons from Others

Heidi Hauf – Principal Sustainability Advisor, Forum for the Future

Summing up and next steps

Stuart Nichol, Conference Chair

Refreshments and networking at the Technology & Innovation Centre

An opportunity for delegates to continue discussions and networking over light refreshments at the Technology & Innovation Centre.

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