Battle of Ideas 2008 welcome address
Saturday 1 November, 10.00am until 10.20am, Upper Gulbenkian Gallery

The fourth annual Battle of Ideas festival will open with a Welcome Address hosted by Institute of Ideas Science and Society director Tony Gilland.

Read Institute of Ideas Director Claire Fox’s introductory essay to the Battle of Ideas 2008.

Professor Sir Christopher Frayling
rector, Royal College of Art; Professor of Cultural History, RCA; chairman, Arts Council England.
Professor Sir Astrid Wissenburg
director, communications and information, ESRC
Sujata Sen
director East India British Council, programme leader, projects related to Intercultural Dialogue and Literature
John Dovey
acting president UK Corporates BT Global Services
Tony Gilland
associate fellow, Institute of Ideas

 Festival Buzz

"The audience were the stars of the Battle of Ideas - engaged, informed and enthusiastic. As a panellist, I felt both ashamed and educated. Exactly as it should be."
John Street, professor of politics, University of East Anglia