Recent Seminars

Date: 21 November 2016

Franco-British Conference: Disrupt or be Disrupted

Enrol Here  This conference, in partnership with the French Chamber of Commerce,

Date: 16 November 2016

Sixth Annual Defence Conference

Invitation Only ConferenceTwo day conference running on the 16 & 17 November 2016The FBC Annual Defence Conference provides a discussion for the bilateral defence relationship, with key speakers from the military, government, industry and academia. Split into four workshops, the focus this year will largely be on joint counter-terrorism

Date: 24 October 2016

Going Digital; Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Financial Services

Organised by the Franco-British Lawyers Society in with the FBC as partners, this event will take place in Herbert Smith.Our world and the organisations we work for are increasingly shaped by algorithms. They are everywhere, fed by an increasing quantity of data. This conference

Date: 10 October 2016

Tackling Islamic Radicalism

This event will look at how Britain and France can work in practical ways to tackle the rise of radicalism.Anti-radicalisation campaigns have failed to prevent the young and disaffected from turning to Isis in France and the UK. How can we build on these campaigns and make them more effective?Questions will include:- In the

Date: 25 January 2016

Training and Support for disaffected NEETs

This seminar explored challenges and best practice for 16-25 year olds not in education, employment or training. Download the agenda. See the list of

Date: 12 November 2015

“The Franco-British Digital Challenge” - Small meets Big

  The Franco-British Digital Conference 2015The conference, led by French and British Secretaries of State for the Digital Economy Axelle Lemaire and Ed Vaizey, focused on the challenges of digital transformation.It brought together major French and British digital players and large companies which are leading the way in terms of digital transformation

Date: 12 October 2015

Ageing Societies and the Economy

The focus of this seminar was on current political and economic trends of the 'silver economy' in the UK and France. Topics covered included the importance of a change in attitude towards the older generation of workers, the steps which employers and governments must carry out in order to adapt to changing economic and demographic circumstances, a discussion

Date: 28 September 2015

FBC Cycles to Paris

Sir Peter Ricketts welcomed seventeen FBC staff, members, contacts and colleagues from the FCO to his Residence in Paris following their 200 mile bike ride. They had set off from Crystal Palace on the morning of Saturday 26th September and took three days to ride to Paris via Dieppe and Beauvais.Despite some interesting incidents on the way there were no major mechanical breakdowns

Date: 14 July 2015

2015 Celebration of French Fete Nationale

Kindly hosted at her residence, French Ambassador to the UK Sylvie Bermann welcomed esteemed guests, among which were FBC staff and members. Other atendees celebrating the Fete Nationale included the Rt Hon Phillip Hammond MP.

Date: 30 June 2015

'Would 'Brexit' spell the end of European defence?'

'Would 'Brexit' spell the end of European defence?'LSE European Institute panel discussion.Date: Tuesday 30 June 2015Time: 18.30 - 20.00Venue: NAB.1.04, New Academic Building, LSESpeakers: Dr Claire Chick (pictured), Franco-British Council; Prof Karen Smith, LSEChair: Prof Maurice Fraser, LSE

Date: 25 June 2015

Climate Change Conference - Paris

Download the report here.  We asked the participants what they think Britain and France need to do together before COP21. Their responses included:Confirm their commitment, agree to help poorer countries, set firm time

Date: 11 June 2015

Magna Carta and the Déclaration des Droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen : Past, Present and Future

The Conference report is now available.In partnership with the Franco-British Lawyers Society, the Franco British Connections and with the support of the French Embassy and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a one day conference was held at Lancaster House on the significance of the Magna Carta and the Déclaration

Date: 21 April 2015

FBC's 2014 Film Competition Winners' Trip to Paris

 The winning pupils from The Brittons Academy in Essex were accompanied by their modern languages teacher, Ana Gomez Fernandez and had the opportunity to spend the day in Paris.The teenagers were thrilled with their visit round Paris, climbing the Eiffel Tower, visiting Notre-Dame. Montmartre and soaking up Parisian life. The students wished they

Date: 11 March 2015

Fifth Annual Defence Conference

11/12 March 2015, London  Experts and decision makers from the military, government, industry and academia gathered to discuss the past, present, and future of the bilateral defence relationship. Many thanks to our sponsors the MoD, BAE Systems, Dassault, and to SE Sylvie Bermann for hosting the conference, and to all who helped make this "an excellent event

Date: 09 February 2015

The Impact of Devolution on Franco-British Relations: Regional Challenges and Opportunities

This meeting at the Université Catholique de LIlle provided an opportunity for rich and productive exchanges. Participants included the Deputy Mayor of Lille, the two Ambassadors and Cllr Nobbs, Leader of Norfolk council. A report of the meeting

Date: 14 October 2014

The Franco-British Transport Conference - meeting the challenges for tomorrow

Is public transport better in Paris or London? Sir Peter Hendy and Etienne Guyot went head to head on this and other questions under the able chairmanship of renowned transport commentator Christian Wolmar. 'France and UK are facing the same dilemmas and are working together' was a comment from one delegate who joined a packed hall to listen to an inspiring debate on innovative

Date: 13 October 2014

TRANSATLANTIC FREE TRADE: THE FINAL PUSH - British, French and US Perspectives on a TTIP Agreement

This very popular event took place in partnership with the LSE European Institute. Pascal Lamy, Former Director General of the World Trade Organisation spoke alongside Sir Peter Sutherland, Chair of Goldman Sachs International, Sir Peter Ricketts British Ambassador to France, HE Sylvie Bermann the new French Ambassador

Date: 03 July 2014

Le Grand Depart: Getting Britain and France on their Bikes

In the run up to the Grand Depart of the Tour de France the FBC brought together a group of French and British experts from cities as diverse as Nottingham,  Paris, Brest, Strasbourg, Exeter, and Rouen to discuss ways of promoting everyday cycling. Support

Date: 03 April 2014

Fourth Annual Defence Conference

The British Ambassador in Paris hosted this annual gathering of  experts.  Building on the Lancaster House treaties, the Franco-British Council drew together senior defence policy makers from the military, industry, academia and the governments in our fouth annual review designed to deliver concrete progress in the bilateral defence relationship. Programme

Date: 21 January 2014

Young People and Diversity

FBC member Samia Essabaa hosted our third conference on Young People and Diversity at her school, Lycée Professionnel Théodore Monod  in  Noisy Le Sec on the outskirts of Paris. The British and French section of the FBC brought together students from ethnic minorities on both sides of the Channel to meet and discuss the issue of race with a range of experts and

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