Battle of Ideas 2015
17 & 18 October |

The Battle of Ideas 2015 is a weekend of high-level, thought-provoking public debate taking 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. We also have satellite events in the UK and across Europe before and after the main festival.

Early bird tickets are on sale for this year's festival until Wednesday 9 September, with substantial discounts on the regular price. Please visit the tickets page for more information.
Thursday 17 September 2015
The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3NU
Thursday 17 September 2015
The Barbican, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

Images from Battle of Ideas 2014.
Thanks to Tom Fenn, Tamara Hussain and Chris Sharp for the pictures.

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.

2015 speakers include
David Chandler, professor of international relations, University of Westminster

Christopher Coker , professor of international relations, LSE

Jan Zalasiewicz, professor of paleobiology, University of Leicester

Clare Gerada, GP; past chair, Royal College of General Practitioners

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

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

Frank Furedi, sociologist and social commentator; author, Wasted, Politics of Fear, On Tolerance and Authority: a sociological history

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

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

The Battle of Ideas is produced by the
Institute of Ideas


“Some of the freest speech I have enjoyed in years.”
Baroness Ruth Deech QC, crossbench peer; chairman, Bar Standards Board

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