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

"Participating in the Battle was a little like entering a Bombay train at rush hour - it's a plunge into a swirl of wildly differing notions of how people should arrange themselves in a really tight situation. When you eventually emerge, you find that you're in a different place from where you started - and that you've been thoroughly energised from the journey. I can't wait to take the trip again next year."
Naresh Fernandes, editor-in-chief, Time Out India