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About Adam Smith Conferences

Since 1992 Adam Smith Conferences have been developing a range of high-caliber industry forums, which attract thousands of key decision makers from governments and industry each year. Many of these events are now the established annual gatherings for industry players, which offer unrivaled insights into market trends and developments, investment opportunities, and commercial strategies for success.

Adam Smith Conferences have provided platforms for debate across many industry sectors including: energy, transport, banking & financial services, retail and FMCG, real estate, investments, pharmaceuticals, mining & metals, pulp & paper, automotive, agribusiness and IT.

Our experience and extensive contacts, developed over the last twenty years, have enabled us to create a highly specialised niche and we are proud that today we are the market leader for conferences in Russia and the CIS!

The consistent high quality of our events has given rise to a reputation for excellence, ensuring that Adam Smith conferences provide the most fertile ground for participants to gain up-to-the-minute market intelligence and invaluable opportunities to network and generate new business.


So What Makes An Adam Smith Conference A Unique Learning & Networking Opportunity?

Cutting-Edge, Market Driven, Quality Programmes
Months of intensive industry research with market professionals, determines the issues critical to business professionals right now and forms the basis of our market driven programmes. Unbiased, content rich, in-depth, comprehensive and insightful, all of our agendas tackle topics and themes essential to business from the strategic, technical and operational to the controversial, challenging and thought provoking. Never dull, information packed, providing rare insights, advanced training and unpublished perspectives on issues which are indispensable to business leaders.

We constantly strive to make our programmes as interactive as possible and we are always looking for new innovative features and formats, which will provide our attendees with both formal and informal environments within which to debate the critical issues facing their business.  From live interviews to one to one meetings, from roundtables to breakfast briefings, from working lunch tables to industry awards ceremonies - our events offer it all!

Unparalleled Speaker Line-Ups
Our prestigious speaker faculties, are hand-picked and assembled after months of research with market professionals. They feature the crème de la crème of "A-list" international and domestic industry leaders, academics, politicians, industry practitioners, specialist experts as well as "out of the box" guest speakers to stimulate and entertain.

Senior Government officials Professors, internationally acclaimed authors, CEOs of global and domestic companies, industry gurus as well as the best practitioners in their field, regularly speak at Adam Smith conferences.  Our events are viewed by our speakers as the leading platforms from which to make corporate announcements, outline their new business strategies and debate the best way forward within their industry.

Solo presentations, interviews, panel discussions, head-to-head, debates, off the record, Q&A and electronic polling sessions facilitate the exchange of information, discussion and candid insights into key issues.

Facilitated Networking At Its Very Best
Meeting clients, finding new potential partners, catching up with peers and old friends, social events, speed networking and our E-Connect online system all make networking easier and more efficient.

Delegates want to meet and exchange business cards with key contacts and we work extremely hard to provide a range of occasions, interactive conference formats and social networking breaks to enable all our delegates to meet key targets in a relaxed and informal manner.

It's all under one roof too! At an Adam Smith conference, delegates can set up a high number of business meetings, all in the same place and at the same time!  Several weeks worth of meetings are condensed into just 3 days of focused networking.

 Adam Smith Monument

On the 4th of July 2008, the Adam Smith Institute unveiled the world's first major public monument to Adam Smith - the great Scottish economist, philosopher, and author of The Wealth of Nations.

The monument, which takes the form of a 10-foot bronze statue on a massive stone plinth, sits on Edinburgh's Royal Mile - right in the heart of Scotland's capital city, where Adam Smith worked and died. The statue was created by Alexander Stoddart, Scotland's leading monumental sculptor, and was unveiled by Nobel Laureate Economist Professor Vernon L. Smith.

The statue's position - in an ancient marketplace - could hardly be more appropriate. The monument is within view of the recent statue of Smith's friend David Hume, looking downhill to the Canongate (where Smith is lived and is buried), towards the harbour of Leith (with its connotations of trade and commerce), and over the sea to the county of Fife, where Smith was born.

The Statue shows Smith in later life - he spent his last years in Edinburgh - but still strong. Behind him is a plough, modeled from a contemporary plough in the Scottish Farming Museum, reminding us of the agrarian economics which Smith supplanted. Before him is a beehive, a symbol of the industry on which he believed progress was based. On top is a globe on which Smith rests his hand - made invisible by his academic gown. The gown itself reminds us of Smith the philosopher, exploring eternal ideas; and behind, St. Giles's Cathedral completes the evocation. From the other side, we see Smith's 18thC dress, with the City Chambers beyond, reminding us of Smith the economist, dealing with practical matters. His neckware is modeled on that worn by Thomas Jefferson, his wig is based on one of George Washington's - recalling Smith's strong support for free trade with America.

As Dr Eamonn Butler, the director of the ASI, said:

This honour is long overdue. As author of The Wealth of Nations (1776), Adam Smith was the pioneer of what today we call economics. He championed the benefits of specialization and free trade, creating the very idea of the modern market economy that dominates the free world today.

The Adam Smith Institute is Britain's leading innovator of market economic policies. Since 1977, it has played a key role in the analysis and development of public policies and has published over 300 influential policy reports. It has been part of a worldwide movement towards free markets and free trade. It encourages discussion of policy ideas through its websites, conferences, newspapers, radio and television.

The Institute pioneered privatization both in Britain and around the world. It helped to develop many of the techniques which have set the standard for transforming ailing state operations into successful private businesses. It was in the vanguard of replacing central planning and state controls by incentives, market opportunities and an entrepreneurial culture.

The Institute is independent, non-party and non-partisan, and maintains good relations with policy makers across the political divide. It is non-profit and enjoys the support of a wide range of companies, foundations and individuals who understand it's role in the policy making process. Project sponsorship and the income from its many conferences and publications are equally important.

Adam Smith Conferences is part of the Knowledge & Networking Division of Informa PLC


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