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Welcome to PLEA 2017, an extraordinary opportunity to see Edinburgh as never before. You will experience some of the most historic venues of this beautiful city, known traditionally by many different names throughout history including ‘Auld Reekie’ and ‘The Athens of the North’. Find out more:

PLEA 2017 takes place in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic centre where the intellectual foundations for the 18th Century Enlightenment were laid. We hope to build on them to host a ideas-changing conference.

PLEA 2017 opens with a party in Edinburgh Castle on the evening of the 2nd and unfolds over the next three days with lecture, workshops, panels and events in the Assembly Rooms (1787) and Royal Society of Edinburgh (1783). In these very buildings people have met to discuss and resolve the great problems of their day for three and a half centuries. The debates here will be definitely 21st C facing.

An Exhibition in Assembly Ballrooms showcases best practice and innovation in many fields of sustainable architecture, settlements, education and design.