Battle of Ideas 2015
17 & 18 October |

The Battle of Ideas 2015 festival weekend was a great success, with more debates, speakers and attendees than ever before. You can keep up to date with our latest events and news about the 2015 festival, and be the first to know about the 2016 festival, by signing up to our newsletter. And there’s still time to catch one of our satellite debates, which continue until mid-November.

Tickets for the 2016 festival weekend at the Barbican, on 22 and 23 October, are now available at early-bird rates. See our tickets page for more information.

Images from Battle of Ideas 2015.
Thanks to James Berry, Paul Brocklehurst, Lameya Chaudhury and Tom Fenn for the pictures.

Sessions include:

2015 speakers include
Julie Bindel, journalist, author, broadcaster and feminist activist; research fellow, Lincoln University

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

Christopher Coker , professor of international relations, LSE; books include Future War and Can War Be Eliminated?

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

David Chandler, professor of international relations, University of Westminster; author, Resilience: the Governance of Complexity

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

Frank Furedi, sociologist and social commentator; author, Power of Reading: from Socrates to Twitter, Politics of Fear, On Tolerance and Authority: a sociological history

Daniel Moylan, Transport for London board member and mayor’s adviser on aviation and Crossrail 2

Jan Zalasiewicz, professor of paleobiology, University of Leicester; chair, Anthropocene Working Group of the International Commission on Stratigraphy

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

follow the Institute of Ideas


Keep up to date with Institute of Ideas news and events by joining our mailing list.