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FOI events and training

The Commissioner's role includes promoting good practice by Scottish public authorities and providing the public with information about their rights.

Details of our forthcoming training events will be listed below. You can also sign up to our Open Update email newsletter or follow @FOIScotland on Twitter to make sure you're the first to know about future conferences, workshops and training opportunities.


FOI Practitioners' Conference 2022

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Date: 24 August 2022 (morning only)

Format: Online via Microsoft Teams

Theme: FOI Professionals - Holding the Key

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Practitioners' Conference, hosted by the University of Dundee's Centre for FOI in collaboration with the Scottish Information Commissioner, is specifically aimed at those working in FOI for a Scottish public authority, and provides them with practical advice and opportunities for discussion as well as the latest updates and developments in the field.


This year's conference theme is FOI Professionals - Holding the Key.  Key to the operation of information rights in Scotland, FOI professionals hold expertise and knowledge that is fundamental to the success of Scotland's various information regimes.

In light of the importance of FOI professionals, this year's conference will provide space to reflect on the role of the FOI professional within authorities and support professionals in considering the complexity of Scotland's information legislation.  

This year's event is free to attend.

You can register for the event here:  https://buff.ly/3bsPrUw



Conference opens at 9:20

9:30-10:25 FOI Officers: Value and Influence

10:30-11:15 Workshop Session A

Option1: Professional Development and Support for FOI Officers

Option 2: Handling Manifestly Unreasonable or Vexatious Requests

Option 3: The Future of FOI- What Needs to Change?

11:15-11:30 BREAK

11:30-12:15 Workshop Session B

Option 1: All Things Equal? Applying the 'Requester-Blind' Principle

Option 2: Handling Manifestly Unreasonable or Vexatious Requests

Option 3: Freedom of Information - A Beginners Guide

12:20-12:45 Closing comments and Q&A


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