Programme

The inaugural Blue Skies Conference…

Leading thinkers and local leaders came together on Friday 20 November 2020 for a timely, inspiring and strategic intervention to help support recovery and rebuild plans for growth, skills and employment. The conference unpacked the future of aviation and transportation, Britain’s role in leading greener aviation internationally, the impact of digital and virtual technologies on the local ecosystem and the creation of the London West Innovation District.

The inaugural virtual, half-day conference brought together cross-party MPs,  world-leading voices from industry, government, journalism, community and academia. It will showcase and develop new insights and thinking on the future of transportation of people and goods in a post-Covid and carbon responsible world. It provided attendees with food for thought and action on a reimagined London West business ecosystem that is fit for purpose to accelerate innovation and collaboration, increase skills, create employment and support business growth.

The conference was split into keynotes, plenary sessions and topic focused ‘breakout rooms’, offering an opportunity to showcase multiple perspectives on the debate.

Please find below the detailed programme for the day.    Watch the conference on demand.


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Sessions

Plenary 1: What is the Future of Aviation and Global Transportation and how do we lead it?

Aviation communities will need to address the impact of Covid-19. The disruption we are witnessing shows the future will not be the same as the past. And yet the recovery of aviation is critical to the bouncing back of trade and global growth. New thinking can invent the future. What ...

Kwasi Kwarteng MP
Kwasi Kwarteng MP
Leonie Cooper
Leonie Cooper
Matt Gorman
Matt Gorman
Michael Kleeman
Michael Kleeman
Paul Everitt
Paul Everitt
Prof Julia Buckingham CBE
Prof Julia Buckingham CBE
20 November 2020
15:30 - 16:00

In conversation with…

IN CONVERSATION WITH… CHRISTIAN FRASER INTERVIEWS JOHN HOLLAND-KAYE, CEO, HEATHROW.  FOLLOWED BY Q&A

Christian Fraser
Christian Fraser
John Holland-Kaye
John Holland-Kaye
20 November 2020
18:00 - 18:30