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Programme of events

The Big Hope 2 will offer a packed week of workshops, keynote lectures and learning opportunities for delegates.

We'll be updating the programme with confirmed speakers.

The provisional outline day by day is shown below (please note: programme is subject to change).

You can also download a copy of the Big Hope 2 Provisional Programme Schedule.


Keynote Lectures - Sessions for all delegates delivered by speakers of highly respected standing in their areas.

Discussion Forums - Relating to the keynote addresses and themes, the discussion forums will give delegates the opportunity to address panel members and debate global issues.

Learning Track - An opportunity to be part of an extended project across the week on diverse topics, from creative writing to augmented reality.

Pod Meetings A relaxed and informal opportunity for our residential delegates to come together at the end of each day to reflect on issues raised during the keynote speeches and parallel sessions.

Open and Closing Ceremonies - Reflecting the ecumenical foundation of Liverpool Hope University, the opening and closing ceremonies will take place at the city’s Anglican and Metropolitan Cathedrals.

Day TripsLiverpool is a fantastic city known around the world for music, sport and the warmth of its people. There will be opportunities throughout The Big Hope 2 for delegates to explore locally, and beyond into the beautiful North West region of England, both on their own, or as part of organised day trips (additional costs apply).

The Big Hope 2 Exhibition - Telling stories through pictures – a photographic representation of The Big Hope 2 – send us your selfie and we’ll upload it to our exhibition!

Big Hope 2 Concert - The Big Hope 2 Concert will be a showcase of the artistic performances created during of some of the week’s Learning Tracks.

The Vision

The Big Hope 2 will be a global youth conference that will:

  • Address ideas of global significance such as freedom, conflict, equality and change (these will make up the four pillars of The Big Hope 2)
  • Profile the experience of leaders at the forefront of local, national and international challenges to inform discussion.
  • Bring young leaders together to have powerful and meaningful conversations.
  • Inspire other young people to become leaders in a changing world and to recognise their individual and collective responsibilities.
  • Consider what the changing world means to the lives of young people.
  • Give opportunities for practical interventions/learning toward the greater good.

The Pillars

The Pillars of The Big Hope 2 will be:

  • Freedom
  • Conflict
  • Equality
  • Change

All The Big Hope 2 activities will be focused through these four perspectives.

The Themes

The vision of The Big Hope 2 will be addressed through the following 12 themes:

Health and Well-being Migration Faith
Innovation Education Sport
Communication Work and Business Community
Politics Culture Environment

Baroness Illora Finlay of Llandaff

Anne Lonsdale CBE

Baroness Caroline Cox of Queensbury - "In 2008, I was fortunate to be part of The Big Hope. I am delighted and very proud to be invited back for The Big Hope 2, 2018. I am inspired and encouraged every time I visit Liverpool Hope University by the vision and support it provides to people of any age to be able to fulfil their potential. The Big Hope 2's vision of mutual respect, freedom, concern for the individual and the importance of educating young people across the world is inspirational."

Dr Stephan Wassong, German Sport University Cologne - "The Big Hope 2 will be a platform for academic, social and personal exchange. That`s why it is a pleasure for me to contribute to it."