Battle of Ideas 2015
17 & 18 October |

The Battle of Ideas 2015 is a weekend of high-level, thought-provoking public debate taking 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. We also have satellite events in the UK and across Europe before and after the main festival.

Early bird tickets are on sale for this year's festival until Wednesday 9 September, with substantial discounts on the regular price. Please visit the tickets page for more information.
Thursday 17 September 2015
The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3NU
Thursday 17 September 2015
The Barbican, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

Images from Battle of Ideas 2014.
Thanks to Tom Fenn, Tamara Hussain and Chris Sharp for the pictures.

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.

2015 speakers include
David Chandler, professor of international relations, University of Westminster

Linda Blum , associate professor of sociology, Northeastern University, Boston MA,

Roxana Silbert, artistic director, Birmingham REP Theatre

Jan Zalasiewicz, professor of paleobiology, University of Leicester

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

Frank Furedi, sociologist and social commentator; author, Wasted, Politics of Fear, On Tolerance and Authority: a sociological history

Lesley Curwen, business, economics and personal finance journalist, BBC; writer and speaker

Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary care health sciences, University of Oxford

Christopher Coker , professor of international relations, LSE

The Battle of Ideas is produced by the
Institute of Ideas


“Five debates a day sounds a bit daunting beforehand, but I really loved it. The speakers are so knowledgeable and passionate about their chosen topic, and the amount of time dedicated to questions from the audience was great as it really brought in alternative views.”
Exeter University student

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