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Book Your Place at Vital Signs - SCAN Summit 2020

3 February 2020 until 26 March 2020

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In 2020, The United Nations Climate Summit, COP26, will be held in Scotland.

In a time of devastating environmental change, political gridlock and global climate injustice, how might we understand who we are and what we do in the cultural sector?

The SCAN Summit will be a day of presentation, provocations and discussion, inviting artists, experts and opinion formers to join us in thinking through the greatest challenge of our era.

SCAN will hold its members only AGM at 11am before the summit.

The AGM event is free.

The Summit is open to all (£10 for non-members) and lunch is provided.

Keynote Speakers Include:

Chaired by Jenny Brownrigg

Nadine Andrews

Nadine’s is a mindfulness and nature-based coach, consultant and trainer, and works part-time as a social researcher in the Scottish Government. Nadine is also co-chair of Climate Psychology Alliance Scotland, a visiting researcher at Lancaster University Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business, and a core group member of Green House think tank. She previously worked in the science team of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group II technical support unit. In her early career Nadine spent many years working in various aspects of the music industry in festival management, and in the arts and heritage sector.

Suzanne Dhaliwal

Suzanne Dhaliwal is an activist and campaigner working on indigenous rights and mining issues. Suzanne Dhaliwal is the director and co-founder of the UK Tar Sands Network, which works in solidarity with the Indigenous Environmental network to campaign against UK corporations and financial institutions invested in the Alberta Tar Sands. She has been connecting environmental justice struggles in the Arctic, Tar Sands and Nigeria. Since 2011 she has developed anti-oppression and creative action trainings to support the development of a creative inclusive environmental movement grounded in anti-oppression principles.

Daisy Hildyard

Daisy Hildyard is author of a novel about farmers and historians, Hunters in the Snow, which received the Somerset Maugham Award and a ‘5 under 35’ honorarium at the USA National Book Awards. Her latest book, The Second Body, is an essay on the Anthropocene.

Gehan Macleod

Gehan Macleod is a co-founder of GalGael, the working community that grew out of the Pollok Free State, the protest movement against the M77 motorway. For more than 20 years GalGael has worked in Govan, developing boatbuilding and woodworking skills with a wide range of partners and participants.

Schedule and Booking

11.00 – 11.45 SCAN AGM (members only)

12.00 – 17.00 SCAN Summit (open to all)

17.00 – 17.45 Refreshments (please note no alcohol will be served at this event)

We’ll begin serving coffee at the venue from 10.30. SCAN will hold its members-only AGM at 11.00am before the Summit begins. Our doors will open at 11.45 for Summit. If you are attending the AGM and the full day’s summit, please make sure to book your place on BOTH. If you want to join SCAN and attend the whole day, find out about membership here.

SCAN would encourage you to travel sustainably. This venue is close to local and national public transport networks. Codebase is a five minute walk from Stirling’s Bus and Rail stations and there is cycle parking at the station and venue. On some routes you will be able to take advantage of off peak travel tickets.

Travel Bursaries

We are able to offer a small number of travel bursaries. You can send a confidential email to with a note of your travel costs and circumstances. Priority will be given to freelancers and those outwith the central belt.


We’re trying to do better to ensure that your participation is supported. We will have an identifiable access co-ordinator on hand to greet guests and facilitate access on the day. Please contact if you have any queries. Please let us know in advance how we can prepare for your visit, for example, if you are a wheelchair user , if you require vehicular access to the venue, or if we can provide BSL interpretation services.


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