Open Meetings Programme

For a record of past meetings, please refer to the Archive. This gives speakers, topics and when provided by the speaker a link to download the presentation.

Future Programme

The ICEA year ends on July 31st. The open meetings programme resumes in October. Dates for which rooms have been booked are shown below. Speakers and topics are added when these are sufficiently confirmed to be announced. Formal notices giving further details are posted and despatched to members and those on mailing list approximately one month before the event.

In addition to the Open Meetings and dates listed below, there are also Members’ Events including the Annual General Meeting and Christmas party. For dates and details please refer to the Members Events page.

Meetings and Dates


Notice of ICEA meeting on Wednesday 18th March 2020, at 18h00 for 18h30, Ron Smith, will speak on “Economic Forecasting – Why nobody knows anything” Meeting Notice 

“ICEA welcomes back Prof Ron Smith for a third talk, this time on economic forecasting. He runs the MSc forecasting option at Birkbeck and his talk will cover the methodologies and pitfalls
of forecasting.”

Further Dates

2020 Dates

Wednesday April 15th 2020, Paul Le Blond will speak on “Past and Present Airports Policy for London and the South East”

“Indecision, decision and counter-decision is one way of characterising the long history of planning airport capacity for London, and is the sub-title of a recently-published book by Paul Le Blond. Paul’s talk will cover the political background and the economic, environmental and legal issues for airport development from the mid-1970s to the present day.”

“Paul Le Blond has spent over 40 years in the air transport industry, mostly with the British Airports Authority and BAA plc, involved with planning and public inquiries for airport developments. He continues his involvement as Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport’s Aviation Policy Group.”

Wednesday May 20th 2020, Malcolm Summerfield (ICEA Member) will speak on “St Helena: Now the Airport is Open!

Wednesday June 17th 2020, James is a long standing member of the ICEA with long experience in designing and evaluating international development projects will speak on “Measuring the Impact of Impact Investing”

“Recent years have been $ billions commited to Impact Investing. This talk will present a framework for understanding the considerable challenges involved in measuring how much impact is actually achieved”

“James Morton is a development economist with over 25 years experience on major aid programmes. In the last 10 years he has led impact assessments on very large programmes for DFID, USAID and the Gates Foundation”

Wednesday July 15th 2020

Wednesday October 21st 2020

Wednesday November 18th 2020

Time and Place

Meetings are held at in the Gradidge Room at The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT, (, which is located about halfway down the West Side of the Square click for map.

The Gradidge Room is a small venue and our meetings are more akin to seminars than to lectures.

We meet at 6 for 6:30pm. The meeting itself lasts until about 8 pm, with time split approximately equally between the speaker’s address and the subsequent discussion with questions, comment and observations from the floor.

Drinks are available both before and after the meeting. We aim to be out of the drinks room by 9 pm. There is sometimes an opportunity to take supper with speaker as guest. Those doing so leave earlier.

Meeting Charges

A small charge is made to cover the costs of drinks and other refreshments, which are served before and after the meeting.  Charges (including drinks/refreshments): Members – £5; Non-members – £10; Students – £2.50.

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