Pontignano Conference

The Pontignano conference started in 1993. It brings together current and future leaders from the UK and Italy to address common challenges and develop networks and close relationships. Organised by the British Council, British Embassy in Italy and Siena University, the conference has developed a network that includes ministers, prime ministers, presidents and leaders from the business and academic

Pontignano 2015

 “The Shock of the New”
1-3 October 2015

The 23rd Pontignano Conference will take place in the Certosa di Pontignano, near Siena from Thursday 1 to Saturday 3 October 2015.

The theme of this year is “The Shock of the New”

Globalisation, the economic crisis and the digital revolution are new forces that are converging to create paced social and cultural shifts. These fuel fears and tensions but also represent opportunities. Pontignano 2015 will ask how in four areas we can shape the new, or risk being constantly shocked by it. 

The Concept note for this year's Conference is available below


Pontignano 2014

Better together or better apart?

Italian and British views of Europe

The 22nd annual Pontignano Conference took place in the Certosa di Pontignano, near Siena from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 October 2014.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Better together or better apart”. More than a hundred British and Italian delegates from the world of government and civil society, academia, media and industry came together for three days to discuss how the European Union can help to deal with the problems that our Countries face. Do they favour a looser EU or greater integration? And what can we learn from each other?

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 Further information on the 2014 Conference, below