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Frequently asked questions about the Skoll World Forum.

What are the dates for the Forum?

The 2019 Skoll World Forum will take place April 9-12, 2019. We encourage delegates to arrive early to take advantage of all pre-Forum activities.

How do I get an invitation to the Forum?

Attendance at the Skoll World Forum is by invitation only. Each year, we bring new delegates into the community in alignment with programming themes and partnership opportunities. The application for the 2019 Skoll World Forum is now available.

It’s my first time attending the Forum. How do I make the most of my time in Oxford?

We’ve created these orientation videos and a handy guide for first-timers with important information to help you in pre-planning for the Forum and to give you insights into how to make the most your time.

What is the attendance fee?

The attendance fee for the 2018 Skoll World Forum ranged from $1,300 to $3,500 USD, plus 20 percent VAT.  2019 fees to be announced. The attendance fee is determined by the sector in which the delegate works. There is no ‘early bird’ registration. Please click here for specific pricing tiers.

What is VAT and why is it being added to my fee?

Valued-Added Tax or VAT is a form of consumption tax. Per the UK government, we are required to charge 20 percent VAT for each registration purchased for the Forum. Some delegates may be eligible to obtain a refund of this VAT from the UK government by submitting a valid claim within the statutory deadline.

Can I bring a personal guest to any of the Forum sessions?

Each invitation is specific for each person. Personal guests are not permitted to attend Skoll World Forum activities at Saïd Business School. Plenaries held at New Theatre, however, are open to the public and tickets will be sold in the months leading up to the event.

Can I suggest someone take my place at the Forum?

While the invitation is specific to each person, we review transfer requests on a case-by-case basis. Please submit your request to

Can I bring my baby to the Forum? 

The Skoll World Forum supports working parents and nursing mothers. We provide lounges for nursing/pumping and allow access to programming on site. In order to prevent disruption during official Forum sessions at Saïd Business School and New Theatre and the video recording and/or livestream of sessions, we request that if a baby becomes disruptive, the parent/guardian exit the room immediately. Throughout the event, we provide alternate locations where sessions can be viewed via livestream.

Parents traveling with their children should contact in advance for more detailed information. In addition, we recommend the following resource for child care while in Oxford:

If traveling with a friend or family member, are there ways they can participate too? 

Yes, there are multiple ways that the public can engage in Skoll activities without an official badge.

  • Purchase individual tickets via Eventbrite for plenary events at New Theatre. These tickets go on sale approximately two months prior to the Forum. Check the Skoll World Forum Schedule in February for an announcement. Suggested minimum age to attend our plenary events is eight years old.
  • Ecosystem Events are designed to engage the broader community in conversations to accelerate social progress in venues throughout Oxford. These independently-organized gatherings are open to the public and delegates alike. Most Ecosystem Events require advance registration. Find the schedule of Ecosystem Events here.
  • All guests are welcome to attend public film screenings and after-hours events. Please note that many after-hours events take place in local pubs and may not be suitable for young children. Check the Skoll World Forum Schedule for details.
  • For additional questions, contact

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation refunds will be made on requests received on or before Friday, March 23, 2018. Refunds processed via PayPal will be subject to Paypal’s online money transfer fees. Please note that refunds will not be available after March 23, 2018.

How can I participate in communicating about the Forum before, during, and after the event?

Engage with our online community year-round! You can follow the Skoll Foundation on Facebook and @SkollFoundation on Twitter for live updates. Join the conversation using #SkollWF.

What happens if there is an emergency onsite at the Skoll World Forum?

Our primary mode of communication will be mobile technology and email to send emergency notices out directly to those affected. When registering online, be sure to include the mobile phone number you will be utilizing at the Forum. In addition, become active and will be viewable to all Skoll World Forum online community members. This website will serve as an alternative route to communicate updates.

What is the code of conduct at the Skoll World Forum?

The Skoll Foundation and our partners are committed to a Skoll World Forum free of harassment, discrimination, sexism, and threatening or disrespectful behavior. It’s up to us all to uphold the highest standards of mutual respect and honorable behavior.  If you experience or witness what you feel is harassment or inappropriate behavior at the Forum, please email our code of conduct team here.

If you believe you’ve experienced something that constitutes criminal behavior, please contact the local authorities by dialing 999. Oxford police are available 24 hours a day.

How can I offset my carbon emissions to the Forum?

If you wish to offset your carbon emissions, ClimateCare is a service that can help individuals and organizations to calculate their carbon offset and make contributions to stem the effects of climate change. The Skoll Foundation offsets calculated carbon emissions for our staff on a regular basis.

To minimize the footprint of the Skoll World Forum, we have taken great care to ensure that the entire event prioritizes sustainable practices. Therefore, every product you see at the Forum—including the signage, production sets, and furniture—has been made using local, sustainable products, and reused from prior years when possible. Meals include fair trade products and local produce.

I was informed that I would be receiving an invitation to the upcoming Forum but I am not seeing it in my inbox.

On occasion, the Skoll World Forum invitations and other email outreach may get caught in spam filters and fall into junk folders. We recommend checking your spam/junk folder before reaching out to us. If you still cannot locate your invitation, please send your inquiry to Consider adding to your contact list to ensure that all related emails reach your inbox.

For any additional questions, who can I contact?

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