Practical Information for Conference Invitees

Update: some of the following information applies to fully residential Ditchley Foundation conferences, currently suspended due to COVID-19. Event-specific advice will be provided to guests attending virtual or hybrid events.


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You will have received the dates of the conference in your invitation. The conference will run from 4pm on the Thursday and end at lunchtime on the Saturday. (You will be notified directly on the rare occasions when a conference follows a different schedule to this.)

You are requested, as far as possible, to commit to the entire conference, since the aim is an interactive debate that runs from the opening session to the closing session.

Conference format:
Roundtable discussion in plenary sessions on Days 1 and 3, and three small Working Group sessions on Day 2.
Conferences are conducted entirely in English, with no facilities for interpreters.
A conference programme, showing timings, is available here

Ditchley Rule:
Ditchley Foundation conferences are held under the Ditchley Rule: all contributions are unattributable and interventions are made in strict confidence. This also applies to conversations outside the formal sessions. Those present are free to draw afterwards on the substance of what has been said, but not, under any circumstances, to disclose who it was that said it. The principle will be scrupulously observed in the report that will be produced following the conference and posted on this website.

All those attending do so in their personal capacities, not as spokespeople for any country or organisation.

Travel Guidance: click here

You are responsible for checking the visa requirements that may apply to you. You can do this here:

Please allow sufficient time to apply for your visa – and we recommend that you not purchase a non-refundable airline ticket until you have secured your visa.

Information about your stay at Ditchley: click here

Dress code:
Attire at Ditchley conferences is informal ('business casual') throughout, except for dinner on the second evening.

It is a Ditchley tradition that dress for the formal dinner on the second evening is Black Tie. However, this is not at all a requirement – please be assured that you will feel entirely comfortable in a business suit or another form of evening attire, whether modern or traditional. Our focus is on celebrating the positive power of ideas. It is worth noting that, although Sir David Wills, the founder of the Ditchley Foundation, instigated the tradition of Black Tie dinners, he never wore Black Tie himself! He wanted to ensure that no one would feel uncomfortable if they had not come with formal clothes. That captures the Ditchley spirit.

What further information will I receive? Detailed Terms of Reference for the  discussions and a conference participant list will be circulated in advance of the conference.

At that time, you will be asked to provide a brief biography, along with your travel plans (click here for Travel Guidance) for attending the conference; any dietary requirements you may have; and to select your preferred Working Group on Day Two of the conference.

Further information about The Ditchley Foundation and Ditchley conferences may be found here. Reports on, and participants at, previous Ditchley conferences may be found here.

Any questions?
Please do not hesitate to contact Sandra, our Conference Coordinator, at if you have any questions.

Ready to register?
Simply respond to your personal conference invitation by the stated deadline, and the Conference Coordinator will confirm your place.

We look forward to welcoming you to Ditchley Park.