Tony Gilland

Tony stood down as the director of the Academy of Ideas Debating Matters competition earlier this year to pursue a career in education. He is currently training to teach secondary school Maths in Kent.

Tony led DM for 10 years, overseeing its growth into a UK competition for nearly 300 schools and its expansion to India through a partnership with the British Council. As the Academy of Ideas’ Science and Society Director Tony organised a number of events and publications on the intersection between science and society at times of public controversy, especially in relation to genetics, public health, energy and climate change.

He holds a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford.

 Related Sessions

Saturday 12 July 2008, 12.15pm Norton Rose LLP
Choking on growth - from Yellow Peril to Green Menace!

Tuesday 28 October 2008, 7.00pm Foyles Charing Cross Road
Contemporary attitudes to ageing and dying

Saturday 1 November 2008, 10.00am Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Battle of Ideas 2008 welcome address

Sunday 2 November 2008, 11.00am Lecture Theatre 1
Whose data is it anyway?

Sunday 2 November 2008, 2.00pm Lecture Theatre 1
Boozy Britain

Sunday 2 November 2008, 4.00pm Lecture Theatre 1
Hypochondriac Nation


What Is Science Education For? (ed.) (Academy of Ideas, 2006)
‘Trade War or Culture War? The GM Debate in Britain and the European Union’, in Let The Eat Precaution, (AEI, 2006)
Science: Can We Trust the Experts? (ed.) (Hodder Arnold, 2002)
Animal Experimentation: Good or Bad? (ed.) (Hodder Arnold, 2002)
Nature’s Revenge: Hurricanes, Floods and Climate Change (ed.) (Hodder Arnold, 2002)
‘Precaution, GM Crops and Farmland Birds’, in Rethinking Risk and the Precautionary Principle (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000)

 Festival Buzz

"I was amazed by the high quality of the Battle of Ideas 2007 and the intellectual excitement that it provoked."
Prof Malcolm Grant CBE, president and provost, University College London