The Scottish Parliament building

Mat Wright

A unique venue in the heart of Edinburgh

Our venue for 2017 was the Scottish Parliament building, at the foot of the famous Royal Mile in Scotland's capital city.

Edinburgh is a striking, cosmopolitan city with a history dating back over a thousand years, but the Parliament building is an icon of modern architecture. The building opened in 2004 and sits within the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Holyrood Park. It has a dedicated media tower and broadcasts live coverage of debates and committee meetings on 'Parliament TV'.

The Scottish Parliament was a key partner of the 2017 programme, and granted us exclusive access to areas of the building not normally open to the public.


Future News Worldwide 2017 was a 2-day event, taking place on 6th and 7th July 2017. Successful delegates attended both days of the conference.

5th July – Delegates arrive in Edinburgh
6th July – Conference Day 1
7th July – Conference Day 2
8th July – Tourism day (optional), or departure from Edinburgh
9th July – Remaining delegates depart Edinburgh


Attendance at the conference was fully funded for successful applicants. This included the following:

  • Travel to and from Edinburgh (including visas if applicable)
  • All conference costs
  • Catering 5th–7th July, and breakfast on 8th July
  • Accommodation 5th–8th July

Delegates were given the option of remaining in Edinburgh for one-day post-conference, which could be used for tourism, at their own cost.

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