ABOUT

The Aurora Forum is a meeting of minds interested in security and prosperity in the region, stretching from the United Kingdom across the High North to the Nordic & Baltic countries.

The Aurora Forum began in 2017 from an initial idea that a gap existed for such a forum between the United Kingdom, Nordic and Baltic countries and secondly that it could also fulfil that role if delivered in a similar format to other well established, successful and long running bi-lateral conferences between the United Kingdom and other countries.  To that end, the first Forum of 2018 was held at Hopetoun House in Scotland with the principal aim of building new relationships and fostering existing ones between the United Kingdom and the Nordic and Baltic countries.  Traditions promoting this region as an area of free trade and shared security, with strong political and economic links to the United Kingdom, date back nearly 900 years.

The Aurora Forum’s underlying goal is to capture the spirit of these traditions in today’s context, establishing a platform through which relationships between the countries can be reinforced and strengthened.

The Forum brings together high-level diverse individuals from a cross section of sectors including business, politics, academia, opinion formers, policy advisors, think tanks and culture.  This in order to address and discuss relevant issues of the day such as geo-politics, climate challenges, defence & security, trade & business, research & innovation, technology & digital transformation, energy & infrastructure, sustainability, corporate resilience and economic growth.

The Forum has the support of the United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office and Foreign Ministries of the Nordic and Baltic countries but remains independent of Government.  The Aurora Forum is delivered as a result of the sponsorship support of the business partners of the Forum.  In place there is an Advisory Committee who support the co-chairmen in the planning and delivery of the Forum. 

The Aurora Forum works because it holds to the simple model of meeting face to face, where participants collaborate on the programme reflecting the interests and priorities of those attending.  Sessions are run under Chatham House Rule to ensure open and frank dialogue.  It is by invitation and participants enjoy the unique and friendly atmosphere, which allows for a relaxed and informal approach.  For the programme of October 2020, a new hybrid/virtual format was necessary in order to ensure the continuation of the Aurora Forum into 2021.  This was deemed a great success despite the challenging circumstances faced by all.

The benefits of the Aurora Forum can be described as great international networking.

The Aurora Forum is a meeting of minds interested in security and prosperity in the region, stretching from the United Kingdom across the High North to the Nordic & Baltic countries.

The Aurora Forum began in 2017 from an initial idea that a gap existed for such a forum between the United Kingdom, Nordic and Baltic countries and secondly that it could also fulfil that role if delivered in a similar format to other well established, successful and long running bi-lateral conferences between the United Kingdom and other countries.  To that end, the first Forum of 2018 was held at Hopetoun House in Scotland with the principal aim of building new relationships and fostering existing ones between the United Kingdom and the Nordic and Baltic countries.  Traditions promoting this region as an area of free trade and shared security, with strong political and economic links to the United Kingdom, date back nearly 900 years.

The Aurora Forum’s underlying goal is to capture the spirit of these traditions in today’s context, establishing a platform through which relationships between the countries can be reinforced and strengthened.

The Forum brings together high-level diverse individuals from a cross section of sectors including business, politics, academia, opinion formers, policy advisors, think tanks and culture.  This in order to address and discuss relevant issues of the day such as geo-politics, climate challenges, defence & security, trade & business, research & innovation, technology & digital transformation, energy & infrastructure, sustainability, corporate resilience and economic growth.

The Forum has the support of the United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office and Foreign Ministries of the Nordic and Baltic countries but remains independent of Government.  The Aurora Forum is delivered as a result of the sponsorship support of the business partners of the Forum.  In place there is an Advisory Committee who support the co-chairmen in the planning and delivery of the Forum. 

The Aurora Forum works because it holds to the simple model of meeting face to face, where participants collaborate on the programme reflecting the interests and priorities of those attending.  Sessions are run under Chatham House Rule to ensure open and frank dialogue.  It is by invitation and participants enjoy the unique and friendly atmosphere, which allows for a relaxed and informal approach.  For the programme of October 2020, a new hybrid/virtual format was necessary in order to ensure the continuation of the Aurora Forum into 2021.  This was deemed a great success despite the challenging circumstances faced by all.

The benefits of the Aurora Forum can be described as great international networking.