The AoG was established as a meeting ground for government in the broadest sense: this is an informed but neutral space for 'policy talk' among the members and representatives of civil service, local authority, NGO, research and neighbourhood communities. We have many different ways of bringing people together and making talk happen...

the Edinburgh conversations

AoG Workshops

Workshops bring together invited participants to think through an immediate issue of shared interest or concern. They are action-oriented, designed to generate specific proposals for further work.

Edinburgh University Facility

AoG Public Sessions

Open meetings for all with an interest in an issue, including members of the public as well as policy makers, practitioners researchers and other stakeholders.

aog impact briefings

AoG Working Groups

Sustained conversations among members of a policy community. Regular meetings make it possible to explore different dimensions of an issue in detail, creating space for offline reflection and discussion among all those engaged in an issue as it unfolds.


Citizen Participation Network

The Citizen Participation Network (CPN) includes 600 citizens, researchers, practitioners and policy makers working in a range of policy fields in Scotland and beyond.

aog lecture series

Exchange Fellowship Scheme

Join us from government or the community to work with an academic partner in developing a new project or proposal. This scheme is designed to help you access university resources in a structured way.

Buchanan Institute

The Buchanan Institute is Edinburgh's first and Scotland's only student-led think tank, bringing together students and staff to turn ideas into concrete policy proposals.

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