Battle of Ideas 2014
18 & 19 October |
London

The Battle of Ideas 2015 is a weekend of high-level, thought-provoking public debate taking place on 17 & 18 October at the Barbican. You can keep up to date with our latest events and news about the 2015 festival by signing up to our newsletter. We also have satellite events in the UK and across Europe before and after the main festival.

This year's festival featured 80+ sessions, over 400 speakers and nearly 3,000 attendees

Thanks to Tom Fenn, Tamara Hussain and Chris Sharp for the images

Battle of Ideas in the media

The Battle of Ideas 2014 has been widely covered in the press, and speakers and organisers have featured on TV and radio. Read the media coverage of the festival.

Speakers included
Lisa Harker, director of strategy, policy and evidence, NSPCC

Nicholas Kenyon, managing director, Barbican Centre; presenter, BBC Radio 4’s Cities From The Ashes; former director BBC Proms

Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, head of research, Oxfam GB; co-author. Working for the Few: political capture and economic inequality

David Didau, former teacher; blogger, The Learning Spy; author, The Secret of Literacy

Ian Crawford, professor of planetary science and astrobiology, Birkbeck College, University of London

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, philosopher and novelist; author, Plato at the Googleplex: why philosophy won’t go away; visiting professor of philosophy, New College of the Humanities

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

Brendan O'Neill, editor, spiked; columnist, Big Issue; contributor, Spectator; author, A Duty to Offend: Selected Essays

Phil Booth, coordinator, medConfidential

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“Five debates a day sounds a bit daunting beforehand, but I really loved it. The speakers are so knowledgeable and passionate about their chosen topic, and the amount of time dedicated to questions from the audience was great as it really brought in alternative views.”
Exeter University student

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