Twelve strands run through the format of the festival weekend, allowing in depth examination of a subject. Select a strand below to find out more.
Battle for the Arts Knowing me, knowing you Making it in the 21st Century
Hot off the Press 2012
Battle for the Media Ethical Battles in Science and Medicine Battle for the Classroom
Urban Living Battle for Social Justice Under the Spotlight
Fracking and Fukushima: our energy security fears
"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