Throughout the day participants will have the opportunity to listen to talks, visit the exhibitor hall and take part in a range of interactive activities, including: 

Your Business Future 

Roll up, Roll up for the Future Food and Fashion awards!  Teams of students engage their creative side, developing a fashion or food item of today into a product fit for 2025.  Working with successful entrepreneurs the teams will future proof their product - overcoming shifting consumer trends, resource scarcity, increased regulations and anything else the changing climate may throw at them.  They will enter the product into the Future Food and Fashion Awards, and vote for the most sustainable entry, in terms of people, planet and profit. 

Overall, students will gain an understanding of how putting sustainability at the core of business can enable it to thrive long-term by driving down costs, opening up new markets through innovation, and enhancing reputations and brand value.

This workshop is delivered by the Director of Just Ideas

Your Innovative Future 

In this Dragon’s Den-style workshop, business mentors will pitch contrasting innovations and teams of students will decide how to invest their £1 million and why through debating and negotiating key questions including: the impact on people and society, the impact on the environment, the potential for the innovations to make money or save money. The teams will go onto pick one of the ‘green’ technologies to creatively advance, thinking to the future.

Overall, students will gain a greater understanding that some of the biggest challenges we face, including climate change, the search for sustainable energy, deteriorating infrastructure and the stresses of rapid population growth demands science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). 

This workshop is delivered by Graphic Science - the STEM contract holder for Bristol, Bath and Gloucestershire. The STEM Ambassador programme works with people of a STEM background and engages them with their local schools.

Your Energy Future 

Through this workshop, students will work in teams to decide how they can best improve the sustainability of a settlement’s energy use. They will investigate different forms of renewable energy, considering the cost and environmental impact of each. They will also consider the relative potential of different methods for reducing consumption, including both behaviour change and technical measures. Students will also be provided with opportunities to consider the types of job roles that may be relevant when it comes to discussing and implementing the range of possible solutions.

As a result of working through these challenges students will begin to understand that when making decisions we must consider a range of factors - environmental, social and financial - and that we need to implement a range of solutions as no single solution can work to solve all of the issues involved. 

This workshop is delivered by Severn Wye Energy Agency's education team. 

Your Future Voices

During this workshop teams of students will be presented with the main commitments that have been drawn up in a mock government White Paper. Each team will be allocated different roles to represent a cross-section of UK society and beyond. There will be a facilitated consultation focusing on key areas under discussion. Following this the groups will be asked to show the extent of their commitment to the government initiative. 

Overall students will gain an: understanding of the breadth of perspectives in civil society regarding our sustainable future; know-how for presenting information and points of view clearly and actively listen to others; and confidence to lead dialogue and put forward your own opinion.

This workshop is delivered by InterClimate Network and will tie in with their Climate Voices programme. 

My Future My Choice -Teacher’s workshop

This session will illustrate ways in which schools can build a lasting relationship with businesses and other agencies to enhance the well-being of young people. It will include ideas to help

  • enrich STEM learning
  • raise young people’s aspirations
  • engage parents and community in the school
  • enable young people to work  with a business mentor

My Future My Choice specialises in practical resources and processes that help business or industry volunteers engage with young people. The session looks at the way in which high profile STEM events and challenges can be used across a school year, focusing on the sort of activities businesses are willing to devote staff time, equipment and funding to.