Battle of Ideas 2012 20 & 21 October, London. Two days of high-level, thought-provoking, public debate organised by the Academy of Ideas at the Barbican.
Speakers include
GM Tamás, visiting professor, Central European University; author, Les Idoles de la Tribu

Natalie Bennett, newly elected leader, Green Party of England and Wales; London Assembly candidate; chair, Green Party Women; former editor, Guardian Weekly

Frank Furedi, sociologist and social commentator; author, What's Happened to the University?, Power of Reading: from Socrates to Twitter, On Tolerance and Authority: a sociological history

Mark Walport, director, Wellcome Trust; Government Chief Scientific Adviser (from April 2013)

Timothy Garton Ash, professor of European studies, University of Oxford; commentator; director, Free Speech Debate

John Cooper, leading criminal and human rights barrister; regular columnist, The Times and Observer; editor, Criminal Bar Quarterly

Mark Vernon, journalist; author, God: all that matters and The Big Questions: God

Ruth Padel, poet and writer; author, The Mara Crossing and Darwin: a life in poems

Wendy Kaminer, US-based writer on law, liberty, feminism, religion, and popular culture; author, Worst Instincts: cowardice, conformity and the ACLU

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"I thought the Battle of Ideas was wonderful. Especially the extent and quality of audience participation. I can't imagine how I missed this exciting forum for exchange of ideas in the past. I will certainly not miss another one and look forward already to 2012 Battle of Ideas."
Professor Marilyn Monk, emeritus professor of molecular embryology, University College London

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