Major events organised or attended by Practical Action. For older events, please see the events archive.
36th WEDC International Conference, 1-5 July 2013, Egerton University, Nakuru, Kenya
Practical Action is providing support to this conference, which will be looking at delivering water, sanitation and hygiene services in an uncertain environment. The conference sessions will run over the first three days, followed by optional sessions which include a careers compass event, for early career WASH professionals, and capacity development workshops on a range of hot topics, including field-based learning opportunities in and around Nakuru.
Participatory Market Systems Development training 4-5 November 2012, SEEP Annual Conference, Washington DC
A two-day training programme to introduce practitioners to PMSD. This technical training is aimed at microenterprise development practitioners who wish to gain a greater understanding of Practical Action’s approach to inclusive market development.
1st International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference 1- 2 November 2012, Accra, Ghana
This Conference will be the first major international event focusing on off-grid renewables in developing countries with a special focus on Africa. With the objective of increasing the collaboration between public authorities and the private sector, the Conference’s participants will collectively address issues related to sustainable rural electrification.
Small is ... Festival 31 August - 2 September 2012, Warwickshire
The Small Is…Festival enables people to share, learn and be inspired by sustainable living, international development and appropriate technology. This year's theme is Power to the People. It provides a springboard from which to explore some of Practical Action’s upmost concerns – how to tackle energy poverty in the developing world and how we can provide sustainable energy access for all.
Waterlines 30th Anniversary 7 November 2011, London
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Waterlines, we will be holding an event at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. There will be a panel discussion at 6pm followed by questions and light refreshments.
IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference 30 October - 1 November, Seattle, USA
The inaugural IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference will be focusing on technology for the benefit of humanity, providing an opportunity for technologists, representatives from NGOs, governments, academia and industry to share work, meet others involved in humanitarian technology, create new projects and meet with funders.
E F Schumacher centenary year September - October 2011
This is an exciting year for Practical Action. Last August we began our celebrations to mark the centenary of the birth of Practical Action’s founder, E F Schumacher. Working closely with his family, we are organising a whole series of events to introduce his ideas to a new generation and to discuss the relevance of his ideas to the economic and environmental crisis we find ourselves in today. More ...
2-4 September Small is Festival
12 September British Science Festival
16 September Oxford Alumni weekend
22-24 September Legacy of EF Schumacher conference, University of Antwerp
7-9 October Schumacher Circle centenary conference, Bristol
7-16 October Cheltenham Literature Festival
The Food Producers: How can they continue feeding the world? 27 September, London, UK
A conference looking at the real questions of how small-scale production can respond to the challenges of providing food in ways that eradicate hunger, improve equity and restore the environment, organised by the UK Food Group.
The Small is... Festival 2-4 September 2011, Warwickshire, UK
The Small is… Festival is a celebration and evolution of the ideas of Small is Beautiful, held in the beautiful grounds of the international development charity Practical Action, in the Warwickshire countryside.
Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 8-13 May 2011, Geneva
Practical Action and Duryog Nivaran are participating at the third session of the Global Platform 2011, including side events on Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and Building local capacity for risk governance and resilience.
The Gadget Show Live 13-17 April 2011, NEC, Birmingham, UK
The 2011 event was Practical Action’s very first appearance at the Gadget Show Live. As the lead charity for appropriate technology, we demonstrated the link between new and appropriate technologies.
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP16 29 November - 10 December 2010, Cancun, Mexico
World leaders did not agree on a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period expires in 2012. There were successes when the historically large-emitting nations put a figure of the amount of funds needed for developing countries, but their failure to agree legally binding emission reduction target delays the essential peak and decline of the greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. All eyes are now on COP16 in Cancun, Mexico.
Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) high-level meeting 14-15 September 2010, Vienna, Austria
This will be the first meeting of the AEEP at this level since its launch in 2008, with energy ministers from several African countries, ministers from EU Member States, and Commissioners from the EU and AU. Briefing paper
A Garden Party to Make a Difference 8-19 September 2010, London
We’re delighted to be supporting A Garden Party to Make a Difference, part of HRH The Prince of Wales's Start initiative. This exciting event is a rare opportunity to visit the historic gardens of Clarence House, Lancaster House and Marlborough House in London to help celebrate and promote sustainable living.
The Summit at Start 8-13 September 2010, London
Running alongside the garden party, the IBM Summit at Start was a series of one day events running consecutively over nine days, bringing together around 120 business and public sector leaders, including Practical Action, with subject matter experts to discuss the issues and opportunities for working together to build a sustainable and smarter planet.
The Small is... Festival 4-5 September 2010, Warwickshire, UK
The Small is… Festival was a celebration and evolution of the ideas of EF Schumacher's Small is Beautiful, held at the start of September in the grounds of Practical Action's UK head office in the Warwickshire countryside.
Sustainable energy in action August 2010, Sri Lanka
Practical Action participated at the Vidulka exhibition organized by the Sri Lankan Sustainable Energy Authority and the Ministry of Power and Energy.
Community-Based Adaptation Workshop 12 July 2010, London
An opportunity for practitioners new to community-based adaptation to build their capacity, and for those with experience to share findings and discuss emerging issues in this vital area of work.
UN Climate Change Conference June 2010, Bonn, Germany
Practical Action was at the thirty-second session of the UNFCCC Convention subsidiary bodies in Bonn. Read updates from the conference in our blog.
UK Aware 16-17 April 2010, London
Practical Action was at UK Aware, the UK's largest green lifestyle show.
Fourth International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change 21-27 February 2010, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
The conference aimed to share the latest developments in adaptation planning and practices, priority sectors and measures at different levels and disseminate knowledge among stakeholders and actors. Practical Action had five delegates at the conference, taking a leading role in proceedings. Daily updates on the blog »