Registration now open for 2020 Centre for FOI Conference in Dundee


Following recent government advice and in line with the University of Dundee’s current position regarding events, the Centre for FOI Practitioners’ Conference scheduled for Tuesday 12th May has been postponed. We and the team at the Centre intend to reschedule the conference for later in the year and we will provide updates on this in due course.

If you had already booked your place, you will be refunded as soon as possible (although this may take a little time due to current working arrangements at the University). Apologies for any inconvenience; if you have any questions regarding the Conference, please email Sean Whittaker:

"Opening Up: Increasing the Impact of FOI & EIR", Tuesday 12th May 2020, University of Dundee

Every year, the University of Dundee's Centre for Freedom of Information, in collaboration with the Scottish Information Commissioner, hosts a 1-day conference specifically designed to provide all those working in FOI for Scottish public authorities with practical advice and opportunities for discussion as well as the latest updates and developments in the discipline.

You can now view the programme and book your place for this year's conference, which has the title "Opening Up: Increasing the Impact of FOI & EIR" and will, as usual, feature an opening speech by the Commissioner, Daren Fitzhenry, followed by an update on legal developments and a summary of the findings of the University's recent research project: Uncovering the Environment: The Use of Public Access to Environmental Information.

There will also be a series of practical workshops, before a closing panel session looking at the past, present and future of FOI in Scotland as we mark 15 years since its implementation. The workshops will be on the following topics:

  • EIRs Research
  • Publication and Recordkeeping
  • Third-Party Contracts
  • FOI Officer's Toolkit
  • Exemption Panels

The venue for the conference is the Dalhousie Building at the University of Dundee (see map below), 15-20 minutes' walk from the railway station. Doors will open at 9:30am for a 10:00am start, and the conference is due to finish at 3:30pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

More information about this year's conference - as well as the programme and presentations from previous events - is available on the Centre for FOI website. The conference is always extremely popular, so if you're interested in attending, book your place as soon as possible.


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