Rob Lyons
science and technology director, Academy of Ideas; convenor, AoI Economy Forum

Rob Lyons is science and technology director at the Academy of Ideas and a columnist for spiked. He writes on a wide range of issues, but takes a particular interest in issues around the economy, environment, food, energy and risk. He is also convenor of the AoI Economy Forum.

Rob is author of Panic on a Plate: How society developed an eating disorder (2011). He has also written reports on sugar taxesthe impact of the smoking ban on pubs and the culture wars over nicotine and edited a survey of views from a wide range of commentators on the future of food. He is a frequent commentator on TV and radio.


Thursday 10 October, 18:45 Remark Events, 18 Leather Lane, London EC1N 7SU
Central banking: behind the mystique

Friday 18 October, 19:30 Sedbergh People's Hall, Howgill Lane, Sedbergh LA10 5DQ
How can we bridge the north-south divide?

Saturday 2 November, 10:00 Frobisher 1-3
How do we solve a problem like the climate emergency?

Saturday 2 November, 14:00 Barbican Library
The Life Of Brian at 40: are we more easily offended today?

Saturday 2 November, 16:00 Frobisher 1-3
How can we deal with problem lifestyles?

Saturday 2 November, 16:00 Auditorium 1
Does the world need a government?

Saturday 2 November, 17:30 Frobisher 1-3
From bugs to beef-free burgers: what’s the future of food?

Sunday 3 November, 10:00 Garden Room
Do we need a ‘Green New Deal’?

Sunday 3 November, 14:00 Garden Room
How can we create a new industrial revolution?

Sunday 3 November, 16:00 Auditorium 1
Why do we get fat? In conversation with the Angry Chef

Saturday 23 November, 15:45 University of Applied Sciences Europe, Dessauer Str. 3-5, 10963, Berlin
Genes, sex and sport: should Caster Semenya be allowed to compete?

Saturday 23 November, 17:15 University of Applied Sciences Europe, Dessauer Str. 3-5, 10963, Berlin
How can we deal with the climate emergency?