Battle of Ideas 2014
18 & 19 October |
London

Our annual festival at the Barbican was a great success. If you would like a taste of the high-quality debates enjoyed by attendees at this year’s festival, there is still time to catch one of our UK Satellite events and our International Satellite events.

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.



This year's festival featured 80+ sessions, over 400 speakers and nearly 3,000 attendees

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
Lisa Harker, Director of strategy, policy and evidence, NSPCC

David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham; author, Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots

Daniel Ben-Ami, finance and economics writer; author Ferraris for All: in defence of economic progress and Cowardly Capitalism

Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, head of research, Oxfam GB; co-author. Working for the Few: political capture and economic inequality

Chantal Mouffe, Professor of political theory, University of Westminster; author, Agonistics: thinking the world politically

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

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

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

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

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“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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