Upon invitation of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Paweł Surowiec attended the Polish-British Belveder Forum held on 8 and 9 March 2017 in Warsaw. The focus of the debate was placed on political and business interests, social issues (people-to-people relations) as well as research and education. The forum aimed at furthering the ongoing discussion of civic societies’ organizations, and it was crucial to the deepening of non-governmental relations between both societies in the era of post-Brexit referendum. Dr Surowiec contributed to the section on the development of research and collaboration in the higher education sector(s).
Apart from academics and policy-makers, the 2017 Belvedere Forum was attended by representatives of business organizations (e.g. PwC), senior management of selected universities, think-tanks (e.g. the Chatham House, the Centre for European Reforms), the BBC as well as the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Poland, and the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the United Kingdom. On the Polish side, this Forum’s steering committee was headed by Ryszard Czarnecki whereas on the British side, it was led by Sir Malcolm Rifkind. Next year, the forum is going to be held in London. For more info see: https://twitter.com/Belvedere_Forum