2018 International Symposium

We were delighted to host the third Learned Society of Wales International Symposium at Magdalene College, Cambridge from 11 to 13 September. Focusing on The Ethics of Sustainable Prosperity for All, the event was attended by 57 participants, including 11 Fellows and guests from South Africa, Australia and Sweden. As well as academics working across several disciplines, the symposium attracted representatives from non-governmental organisations and the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales.


Over the course of seven panel sessions, participants investigated the ethical issues and dilemmas that need to be addressed as the basis of a sustainable and prosperous future for all, both at global and intergenerational levels. The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act was considered as a centrepiece example of relevant legislation, and contributions from many eminent panellists were balanced with lively audience discussions throughout.

Participants also enjoyed the opportunity to explore Cambridge and to hear from two excellent keynote speakers – Professor Chris Landberg from the University of Johannesburg, and Professor Mererid Hopwood from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

A full conference report – including recommendations for further action and investigation – will be released in due course.


Comments from participants included:

“The discussions were insightful and enriching in how to frame, understand and really rethink sustainable development and prosperity.”

“The engagement between speakers and discussants offered much balance and opportunity for sharing of insights and ideas.”

“I particularly appreciated the breadth of experience from so many parts of the world.  It gave me a sense of Wales as a ‘connecting force’”

To view the programme, click here


Video gallery – participants reflect on the value of the Symposium


The British Academy were our lead partners and sponsors for the Symposium. We also thank Cardiff University, the University of Johannesburg and the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Study, the University of Sydney and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David for their generous financial support.