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10th Annual Embassy Induction Seminar 2017
An Introduction to Diplomatic Life in London

Date: Friday 20 October 2017
From: 09:00 - 18:00
Venue: No 11 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN

Meet essential contacts for your work
The seminar is ideal for diplomats of all ranks who have been in the capital for less than a year. In the introductory session, diplomats will meet the FCO’s Protocol Directorate, HM Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps and the Dean of Diplomatic Corps. They will also be introduced to specialist diplomatic associations in London.

There will be a series of six workshops for various diplomatic portfolios: political; economic; culture, education and science; press and public diplomacy; consular and home affairs; and admin and finance. Here diplomats will get an overview of how their Whitehall department functions and meet contacts useful to their work.

Embassy Managers, Admin Attachés and Community Liaison Officers are invited to join an Embassy Managers Meeting with FCO Protocol and to meet reputable diplomatic suppliers.

Diplomatic spouse programme
The orientation day will also assist diplomatic families adjusting to life in London. A tailored spouse programme has been introduced, with a series of workshops and networking opportunities for spouses and partners – including male spouses! These will include sessions on professional development, further study, employment and volunteering as well as family-orientated workshops on schooling and childcare. Spouses will also be introduced to the Diplomatic Spouse Club of London and well-established expat spouse networks and will be invited to get to know other diplomatic spouses in their neighbourhood.

Living in London sessions
These workshops will assist both diplomats and spouses and include an essential Personal Safety Seminar hosted by the Diplomatic Protection Group, as well as informative workshops covering health, finance, further study, accommodation and transport. This year there will be a new session on making the most of cultural life and travel during your posting in the UK.

Exhibition, networking and prizes
There is an exhibition area of reputable diplomatic suppliers and there will be plenty of opportunity to network with fellow colleagues and spouses informally over coffee and lunch. A relaxed drinks reception and a superb prize draw will close a busy day.

Attend this event and you will:

Meet the Dean and the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps
Learn about diplomatic privileges and immunities from the Protocol Directorate
Find out about London’s diverse diplomatic associations
Attend diplomacy workshops and meet key contacts in your diplomatic specialist area
Get essential tips on living in London
Meet face-to-face with reliable diplomatic suppliers
Share advice and experiences with fellow diplomatic families
Find out about expatriate spouse networks in London
Network with colleagues and diplomatic families in your area
Receive a Diplomatic Directory of contacts and services

And win fabulous prizes!

Programmes

DIPLOMAT Seminar Programme

09.00 - 10.00
Registration, networking and coffee

Session 1 – Introduction To Diplomacy
10.00 - 10.05 Introduction, Embassy Group Director
10.05 - 10.20 Privileges & Immunities, FCO Protocol Directorate
10.20 - 10.30 The Role of the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps
10.30 - 10.45 The Dean’s Guide to Diplomacy
10.45 - 11.00 Q&A

11.00 - 11.30
Coffee and networking

11.30 - 12.45
Session 2 – Diplomatic Networks and Personal Safety
Workshop A: Introduction to Diplomatic Networks
Workshop B: Embassy Manager meeting with FCO Protocol
Workshop C: Community Liaison Group

12.45 - 13.15
Diplomatic Protection Group Personal Safety Briefing

13.15 - 14.15
Networking lunch

14:15 - 15:15
Session 3 – Living In London Workshops
Workshop A: Personal Finance (tax, banking, insurance, pensions)
Workshop B: Relocation, Accommodation & Transport
Workshop C: Adult Education (post-grad and part-time study)
Workshop D: Healthcare & Dental
Workshop E: Travel & Cultural Life in the UK

15.15 - 15.45
Coffee and networking

15.45 - 17.00
Session 4 – Diplomacy Workshops
Workshop A: Politics
Workshop B: Trade, Economics, Science & Innovation
Workshop C: Education & Culture
Workshop D: Consular & Home Affairs
Workshop E: Press & Public Diplomacy

17.00 - 18.00
Networking wine reception and prize draw

SPOUSE Seminar Programme

09.00 - 10.00 Registration, coffee and networking

Session 1 – Introduction to diplomatic family networks
10.00-10.05 Welcome and Introductions
10.05-10.10 Opening remarks with the Doyenne of the Diplomatic Corps
10.10-10.20 Introduction to the Diplomatic Spouse Club of London
10.20-10.30 Community Liaison Officer Group
10.30-10.35 Perspectives of a male spouse
10.35-11.20 Introduction to spouse networks
11.20-11.30 Q&A and discussion

11.30-12.00 Coffee and networking

12.00-12.30
Session 2 – Personal safety
Personal Safety Seminar for diplomatic families

12.30-13.15
Session 3 – Family and employment workshops
Workshop A: Employment, professional development & volunteering Workshop B: Schooling and childcare

13.15-14.15 Networking lunch

14.15-15.15
Session 4 – Living in London workshops
Workshop A: Personal Finance (tax, banking, insurance, pensions) Workshop B: Relocation, Accommodation & Transport
Workshop C: Adult Education (post-grad and part-time study)
Workshop D: Healthcare & Dental
Workshop E: Travel & Cultural Life in the UK

15.15-15.45 Coffee and networking

15.45-17.00
Session 5 – Diplomatic Neighbours
Meet your diplomatic neighbours in the Diplomatic Spouse Club of London

17.00-18.00 Networking wine reception and prize draw

This is a must-attend seminar to get a head start in your new posting – and it is totally free.

Diplomat and Spouse Registrations – space is limited so please book your place now.

To book your space please email: sue@embassymagazine.com

Exhibition Stands, Sponsors and Delegates

If you are a diplomatic supplier looking for further information on sponsoring, exhibiting or attending the event please contact Kerry at: events@embassymagazine.com

To view last years photos and write up of the Embassy Induction Seminar and other Embassy events please click here

A very well organized and worthwhile event, with all the information needed to smoothly blend in. Good networking opportunity for newcomers.
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

The event provided information required for easy transition from our varying cultures of persons in the diplomatic community to the British norm.  
Jamaican High Commission

It was very well organised and useful.
Embassy of Egypt

Really a fantastic networking event which newly appointed diplomats can not miss!
Embassy of China

The event was very useful and worthwhile. I was impressed with the amount of practical information, supplier contacts and networking opportunities all under one roof!
Government of the British Virgin Islands, London Office

It was a great day for me with great ideas and great people..
Embassy of Georgia

Good start at the very start of work in London.
Embassy of Ukraine

A great introduction and overview of diplomatic life in London.
Embassy of Belgium
– Flanders House

Well organized, useful information, plenty of networking opportunities.
Embassy of Romania

Very useful and it gives an opportunity to meet with other new diplomats
Embassy of Poland

Very useful and interesting for new diplomats.
Eembassy of the Argentine Republic

It was very useful especially when one is less than 3 weeks in the country. It prepared the grounds for easy settling down
Ghana High Commission

An important event gives an overview about the diplomatic Life in London and a networking event that not only helps diplomats network with fellow diplomats, but also puts in direct contact with agencies and association in their roles in embassies.
Embassy of Yemen


Meet reputable event suppliers

Diplomat and Spouse Registrations – Space is limited so please book your place now.

To book your space please email: sue@embassymagazine.com

Exhibition Stands, Sponsors and Delegates

If you are a diplomatic supplier looking for further information on sponsoring, exhibiting or attending the event please contact Kerry at: events@embassymagazine.com


Interactive workshops


Spouse networking group


Wine reception and prize draw

It was a very interesting and useful event. Every new comer diplomat should attend.
High Commission of Cyprus

I found this to be a wonderful introduction to London and to life as a diplomat in this great city. A very well-organized and thorough seminar which succeeded in answering many questions.
Canadian High Commission

A great opportunity to meet other colleagues from the Embassies and people form the British Government and Parliament. Also, a great opportunity to learn about special procedures needed in order to settle in and enjoy London.
Embassy of Montenegro

Extremely good and thorough overview. By far the most complete induction I have received in any posting (have been posted in Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, Israel and the UN in New York)
Embassy of Sweden

You can only gain by attending!
German Embassy

It was very helpful for new diplomats.
Embassy of the Republic of Iraq

The Embassy Induction Seminar is a must do for newly arrived diplomats. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn about London, the diplomatic circles, and to network. In a nutshell, the seminar has helped me break the glass between London, the diplomatic community and myself.
Palestinian Mission

It was a very useful event that enabled me to meet the diplomats of other missions and join some of the networking.
Embassy of Mongolia

A good forum to meet interesting people and exchange ideas.
DSFA FCO Spouse

The induction seminar helps new arrived diplomats to have a soft landing to the UK. It is an extraordinary tool.
Embassy of Mexico

The event was wonderful. I was amazed by the number of diplomats that appeared. Good workshops, a chance to meet other diplomats and very friendly environment and also know more about the diplomatic supplies. I can say it was wonderful.
Embassy of Afghanistan

The event is is like a timely sprinkle that comes when the drought-hit crops are longing for it. It helps me integrate myself more effectively and efficiently into the life of London and UK.
Eembassy of China

It was useful to get in contact with the diplomatic community in London and learned a lot about the city rules and regulations.
Turkish Embassy

This is an excellent seminar for key facts to having a successful diplomatic work in the UK.
High Commission of Nigeria

An excellent, well organized event that was fun as well as being extremely informative.
US Embassy

A well organized event and very useful for new arrivals in the country.
Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines

Very good initiative
Embassy of France

The seminar provides an excellent opportunity for networking.
Philippine Embassy

Diplomat and Spouse Registrations – space is limited so please book your place now.

To book your space please email: sue@embassymagazine.com

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