The Commissioner's role includes promoting good practice by Scottish public authorities and providing the public with information about their rights. Below you will find a list of forthcoming events.

FOI Practitioners' Conference 2021

FOI Practitioners Online Conference 24-25 August 2021







Book your place now for this year's Freedom of Information (FOI) Practitioners' Conference, hosted by the University of Dundee's Centre for FOI in collaboration with the Scottish Information Commissioner.

Dates: 24-25 August 2021 (mornings only)
Format: Online via Microsoft Teams
Theme: Resilience: FOI & EIR During and After the Pandemic

The conference is specifically aimed at those working in FOI for a Scottish public authority, and will provide them with practical advice and opportunities for discussion as well as the latest updates and developments in the field.

For the full programme and the link to register, see below or go to the Centre for FOI website.


This year's event will reflect on these extraordinary times - during which the importance of transparency and access to information is clearer than ever while those working in FOI are having to adapt to changes in ways of working and the legislation itself - and look forward to other developments expected in the coming months.

On a similar note, due to the continuing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the event is taking place online this year, which will also reduce the costs involved for delegates - the delegate fee is just £30 (with no travel required!) - and open it up to those who may not normally be able to attend in person. However, please note the conference is specifically aimed at FOI practitioners operating under the Scottish legislation.


The conference programme also has a new look, with the event split into two half-day sessions comprising a mix of presentation, authority case studies and facilitated discussions:

  • Day One (Tuesday 24 August, 9:30am-12:30pm) will look back on FOI during the pandemic, including an opening address from the Scottish Information Commissioner and a summary of the impact of Covid-19 on FOI in Scotland and case studies of how some authorities responded.
  • Day Two (Wednesday 25 August, 9:30am-12:30pm) will focus on the future, with discussions around new approaches to proactive publication and examples of authorities' FOI improvement projects.

We're pleased to announce the full line-up of opening speakers:

  • Daren Fitzhenry, Scottish Information Commissioner
  • Gerry Hendricks, Head of FOI Unit, Scottish Government
  • Professor Colin Reid, University of Dundee
  • Lynn Wyeth, Head of Information Governance and Risk, Leicester City Council,
    and doctoral researcher at De Montfort University, Leicester

In addition the programme features case studies of FOI during the pandemic by Police Scotland, Care Inspectorate, East Renfrewshire Council, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Grampian and NatureScot. The conference will also hear about FOI improvement projects by Highland Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council, the Scottish Police Authority and NHS Fife.

View the full programme including workshop details via the links below or via the Centre for FOI website.

FOI Practitioners' Conference 2021 Programme (PDF)

FOI Practitioners' Conference 2021 Programme (DOCX)


Book your place now via the University of Dundee's online store. The University of Dundee is responsible for the administration of the conference including the booking system. The delegate fee is £30; no refunds can be offered but places can be transferred if required. A full privacy notice will be provided via 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.


Other events

There are no further events currently planned but sign up for our Newsletter or follow @FOIScotland on Twitter to make sure you're in the loop about future conferences, workshops and training events.


Past events and engagements

2021 Senior Management Team Diaries

2020 Senior Management Team Diaries

2019 Senior Management Team Diaries

For information about inviting the Commissioner to an event, please see the Commissioner's policy on speaking engagements.

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