This year, Scotland's Towns Partnership and Scotland's Improvement Districts brought together over 150 senior level stakeholders from across public, private and third sectors who work to support our towns and city districts.


This was a once-a-year chance to get together with national and international place stakeholders; share challenges and opportunities; and to feel inspired and re-energised by the latest thinking, pilots and supports, funding and resources for your place.

The conference was hosted in Aberdeen Music Hall by Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council. Our principal sponsor was Blachere Illumination. You can see a list of all conference partners and sponsors at the tab on the right. 

A pre-conference drinks reception took place on Tuesday 19th November at the The Esslemont Bar.

You can read more information about Scotland's Towns Conference 2019 below. 



In the face of changing economic, socio-demographic, technological and environmental factors, how do we futureproof our towns and cities?

Scotland’s Towns Conference 2019 focused on the need to change the paradigm; through the creation of new economies; and recognising the role of emergent City and Regional Growth Deals and Partnerships in improving the interdependent relationship of hub cities and hinterland towns. 


Programme and Booking


Hosted by Journalist and Broadcaster Nicky Marr, the programme included, inspirational keynotes and conversations, a Walking Conference, 'future-proofing' showcase, exhibition, Future Town Design Competition and ample time to network and connect. Contributors include, leaders from international, national and local governments and agencies, corporate and community organisations.

View programme here


Past Conferences

On 21 November 2018 Scotland's Towns Partnership, together with the Corra Foundation and supported by Scottish Government, held Scotland's Place Leadership Summit. Taking place at the BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh during Scotland's Towns Week, the summit brought together 'place leaders' from across Scotland's geography and sectors to discuss how to implement the Place Principle and help support thriving, inclusive communities. Read event report here

You can view multi-media reports of our annual conferences from previous years at our Wakelet page


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