Battle of Ideas 2015
17 & 18 October |
London

Our annual festival at the Barbican in 2014 was a great success, featuring 80+ sessions, over 400 speakers and nearly 3,000 attendees. 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.

Early bird tickets for this year's festival are now available, with substantial discounts on the regular price. Please visit the tickets page for more information.

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

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

Sarah Harper, international adviser on ageing issues; director, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, philosopher and novelist; author, Plato at the Googleplex: why philosophy won’t go away; visiting professor of philosophy, New College of the Humanities

Nicholas Kenyon, managing director, Barbican Centre; former director, BBC Proms (1996-2007)

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; former economic adviser to the President of the European Commission

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

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

Ivan Krastev, Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia; permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna

The Battle of Ideas is produced by the
Institute of Ideas
The Institute of Ideas was founded in 2000 to provide a forum committed to open and robust public debate.

The Institute's other projects include:

The Academy is a three-day residential event designed to demonstrate the importance of scholarship through an examination of subjects in depth. This year's event takes place on 17-20 July - get more information and discounted early bird tickets here.
Debating Matters is a debating competition for school students that focuses on the content of debaters' arguments rather than their style of presentation.

Battle of Ideas partner




“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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