Festival Entertainment and Exhibitions
With the help of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council, explore the wonders of the universe through an exhibition featuring the Faulkes Telescope, which the festival will have remote access to during the Battle of Ideas weekend. The Faulkes Telescope Project in Hawaii is a joint effort between the Dill Faulkes Educational Trust and the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy and is used for astronomical research and scientific education for students in Hawaii and the United Kingdom.
With its 2-meter diameter primary mirror, this telescope (along with its twin in Australia) is the largest telescope for educational use in the world. The telescope is designed to be completely robotic and to be controlled from remote locations. Real time mode involves operating the telescope through a web browser over the Internet, making it a truly unique scientific event
Faulkes Telescope shows
The Wonders of Space, Saturday 15.00 – 15.30, Lecture Theatre 1
Killer Asteroids and Other Natural Disasters, Sunday 15.30 – 16.00, Lecture Theatre 1
Faulkes telescope workshops with Dr Paul Roche, director of the Faulkes Telescope Project
Main exhibition space, Saturday and Sunday 12.15 - 13.15
These workshops offer the opportunity to control for yourself the Faulkes Telescope and explore space.
NB Spaces for the workshops are limited and attendees will need to take their own laptops (some laptops may be provided with prior notice and deposit - contact Shirley Dent on 020 7269 9229)
The Faulkes telescope shows and workshops are subject to suitable weather conditions
Sponsored by the Royal College of Music
We are also delighted to be joined by the Royal College of Music, one of the world's foremost classical music institutions, who will host a Battle of Ideas reception in the Grade II listed barrel-vaulted Concert Hall, featuring live performances from Royal College of Music students.
18.00 – 21.00
19.00: Welcome speeches -
19.10: Mozart and Shostakovich performed by the Westers Trio
Mozart: Divertimento in B flat major K 254, 1 Allegro assai
Shostakovich: trio no. 1 in C minor op 8
The Westers Trio is a recently formed chamber ensemble. Performances and activities to date have included a series of recitals in the
Joanna Westers, violin
Steffan Rees, violoncello
Adam Sherkin, piano
19.30 onwards: jazz provided by the RCM Jazz Trio
Battle of Ideas WiFi lounge sponsored by BT Openzone
Sponsored by BT Openzone
Link Gallery – all weekend
Come and surf the net, check your email and catch up with the latest news online at the BT Openzone WiFi Lounge
Sponsors and speakers supper
Sponsored by cScape
The Battle of Ideas festival will once again host an invitation only supper for all of the sponsors, speakers and guests involved in this year's event. This will take place in the Grange Strathmore Hotel and will open with a short welcome talk by Theresa Clifford, Business Development Director at cScape, our sponsor for the evening.
The Pan Bookshop will once again run the festival bookshop. A well-known and respected independent bookshop, Pan Bookshop has a loyal customer following and sells a large stock of signed edition books, as well as holding frequent launches, readings and in-store signings. It is the only publisher-owned general bookshop in London.
Pan Bookshop is located at 158 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9PR.