Battle of Ideas Festival 2013: 19-20 October (London, UK)

Dear PGRs,

I do hope that you can join us at the Battle of Ideas 2013, an annual festival of debate and discussion, organised by the Institute of Ideas, which is a must for the intellectually curious and open minded. The festival, now in its ninth year, will take place on the weekend of 19 and 20 OCTOBER at theBarbican in London.

The Battle of Ideas aims to provide a forum for free thinking, debate and discussion on some of the most pressing issues of our time. During the festival weekend, over 2,000 delegates will attend over 80 sessions, and will be joined by hundreds of insightful and thought provoking speakers from across the globe, who represent a wide range of disciplines and viewpoints.

This year’s programme includes exciting KEYNOTE DEBATES such as; Is nothing private anymore?Authority in crisisState Vs. Market: Is there a way forward?Building trust, or cleaning up the public realm?Soul on the slab: is there no limit to what neuroscience can do?What is New Environmentalism? And Do as I say, not as I do: What’s wrong with hypocrisy?

As well as these sessions, there are also strands of discussion on topics such as educationsciencearts and culture, and international relations

Full programme details: here.

Speakers at this year’s event include; David Aaronovitch, Anne Atkins, Andrew Keen, Vicky Pryce, Frank Furedi, Fiona Millar, Julian Baggini, Barbara Hewson, Beeban Kidron, Ken MacLeod, Molly Meacher, John Waters, Christine Rosen, Victor Adebowale, Sir Simon Wessely, Louise Cooper, Peter Herbert, Elizabeth Chadwick, Philippe Legrain, Mary Dejevsky, Allan Massie, Merryn Somerset-Webb, Raymond Tallis, Dr Sally Satel, Edward Lucas, Barb Jungr, Henry Dimbleby, Xin Xin, Gabriella Swallow

Tickets: via the Barbican website.

Special offers includeStatoil Student Champion 2013 ticket which is priced at £27.50 for the weekend, and is for full time University students.

And the Schools Champion scheme in partnership with The Hargrave Foundation, which enables 16-18 yr old school students to attend one day of the festival for free, for details email:

Full price list: here.

If you have any queries, do contact Geoff Kidder at

Please do forward this email to any colleagues that you feel may be interested in attending this year’s festival, or any of our satellite events.

We hope to see you at this year’s Battle of Ideas.

Best Wishes,

Claire Fox

Institute of Ideas
Signet House
49-51 Farringdon Road
London EC1M 3JP


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