Battle of Ideas 2015
17 & 18 October |
London

Our annual festival at the Barbican in 2014 was a great success, featuring 80+ sessions, over 400 speakers and nearly 3,000 attendees. The Battle of Ideas 2015 will take place on 17 & 18 October at the Barbican. You can keep up to date with our latest events and news about the 2015 festival by signing up to our newsletter.

Early bird tickets for this year's festival are now available, with substantial discounts on the regular price. Please visit the tickets page for more information.

Thanks to Tom Fenn, Tamara Hussain and Chris Sharp for the images.

Battle of Ideas in the media

The Battle of Ideas 2014 has been widely covered in the press, and speakers and organisers have featured on TV and radio. Read the media coverage of the festival.

Speakers included
Steve Rayner, James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization; director, Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, University of Oxford

Ian Crawford, professor of planetary science and astrobiology, Birkbeck College, University of London

Sarah Harper, international adviser on ageing issues; director, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing

Robin Aitken, co-founder, Oxford Food Bank

Clare Gerada, GP; past chair, Royal College of General Practitioners

David Didau, former teacher; blogger, The Learning Spy; author, The Secret of Literacy

Nicholas Kenyon, managing director, Barbican Centre; former director, BBC Proms (1996-2007)

Sonia Livingstone, professor, Department of Media and Communications, LSE; author, Media Regulation: Governance and the interests of citizens and consumers

Philippe Legrain, visiting senior fellow, LSE’s European Institute; author, Immigrants: your country needs them and European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess – and How to Put Them Right; former economic adviser to the President of the European Commission

The Battle of Ideas is produced by the
Institute of Ideas
The Institute of Ideas was founded in 2000 to provide a forum committed to open and robust public debate.

The Institute's other projects include:

The Academy is a three-day residential event designed to demonstrate the importance of scholarship through an examination of subjects in depth. This year's event takes place on 17-20 July - get more information and discounted early bird tickets here.
Debating Matters is a debating competition for school students that focuses on the content of debaters' arguments rather than their style of presentation.

Battle of Ideas partner




“Although 'battle' suggests destruction, these were some of the most constructive debates I've taken part in. This was civilised conflict in the best sense of both words.”
Julian Baggini, author, Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind, and The Ego Trick

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