September 30th 2020 - October 1st 2020 | Central Edinburgh

Day 1: Scottish Parliament Explained

08:45

Registration and Refreshments

09:25

Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Henry McLeish, Former First Minister of Scotland

 

SESSION ONE

DEVOLUTION: A PROCESS, NOT AN EVENT

09:30

Fireside Chat: "From Global Financial Crisis to Global Pandemic – Scotland’s ‘Turbulent Decade"

Professor Sir John Curtice, Professor of Politics, University of Strathclyde and President, British Polling Council with Mandy Rhodes, Editor, Holyrood Magazine

10:10

Priorities for the Scottish Parliament Moving Forward

Keynote Address

David McGill, Chief Executive, The Scottish Parliament

Q&A

10:35

Refreshments and Networking

SESSION TWO

HOW DOES PARLIAMENT WORK?

10:45

Lighting talk on legislative process in chamber

  • The key features of the legislative process
  • How to follow and influence it

Lynda Towers, Director of Public Law, Morton Fraser and Former Solicitor to the Scottish Parliament

 

11:05

Committees and Outreach

Lightning talk on legislative process in committees

  • Exploring the committee structure
  • Understanding parliamentary process

Gillian Martin MSP, Convener, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Anas Sarwar MSP, Acting Convener, Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee

SESSION THREE

INFLUENCE AND ENGAGEMENT EXPLAINED

  • Lobbying
  • The Lobbying Register
  • The media, engagement and 'new politics'
  • Getting your voice heard

11:30

Lighting Talk: Public Petitions and Their Role

Johann Lamont MSP, Convener, Public Petitions Committee 

11:45

Lightning Talk: The Lobbying Process

James Drummond, Assistant Lobbying Registrar, The Lobbying Register

12:00

The Role of Civic Society in Scotland: Engaging with Political Institutions, Influencing the Agenda and Forging Change 

Senior representative, civic institution

12:30

 

The Media and the Future of Engagement

Panellists will discuss the evolving media landscape and how it facilitates the two-way interaction of citizens with their democratic political institutions and vice-versa.  What is the role of the media in facilitating greater and better civic engagement with the political system, not least to hold it accountable?

Panellists will also discuss:

  • Circumvention of the mainstream media as a filter via the proliferation of social media
  • How this transition has played out since the 2014 Independence Referendum, regarded as the first poll in Scotland where digital media and communications played a large part 
  • How could the medium people consume and filter their news through influence the forthcoming Scottish Parliamentary election and a potential second independence referendum?
  • Are traditional forms of media are on an irreversible decline and should organisations re-evaluate their media and digital comms accordingly?

Jenni Davidson, Journalist, Holyrood Magazine 

Gina Davidson, Deputy Political Editor, The Scotsman

13:10

Lunch and Networking

SESSION FOUR

INFLUENCE AND ENGAGEMENT II

 

13:50

The Role of an MSP

  • Overview
  • Balancing constituency and parliamentary obligations
  • Input into legislative process
  • How to meet an MSP
  • Practical tips and guidance

Alex-Cole Hamilton MSP

14:10

Lobbying Case Studies

Facilitated by Experienced Lobbyists:

Craig Wilson, Public Affairs Officer, Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)

David Kelly, Policy Manager, Scottish Council of Development and Industry (SCDI)

SESSION FIVE

THE FUTURE FOR SCOTTISH POLITICS

14:50

Closing Keynote

Professor James Mitchell, Professor of Public Policy, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh 

Q&A

15:20

Chair's Closing Remarks

15:30

End of Event