Speakers

Yuval Noah Harari, Richard Dawkins, Slavoj Žižek and Roger Penrose will come up against Pullitzer prize winning writers, Nobel laureates and members of Parliament, sparking conversations that will shape the intellectual landscape for decades to come.

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World-famous historian, internationally best-selling author, and luminary purveyor of human history, Harari has changed the way we understand who we are and who we have been.

Speaking via video link in: Nature: Friend or foe

Pulitzer Prize winner Andrea Elliott has revolutionised the narrative around society and poverty via her incisive investigative journalism for the New York Times and as a best-selling author.

Speaking in: Camus vs Kafka

Biologist and best-selling author of The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins is the most famous, and most incendiary, scientist in the world.

Speaking in: The Gene Machine

Deemed "The most dangerous philosopher in the West", Slavoj Žižek once declared “Humanity is OK, but 99% of people are boring idiots.”  Žižek himself is neither.  

Manveen Rana is an award winning journalist who currently hosts the Times Radio podcast Stories Of Our Times and previously reported for BBC Radio 4's The Today Show.

Speaking in: How to be an Investigative Journalist

Nobel Laureate and Hawking collaborator, Roger Penrose has spent his career blazing a trail through conventional physics and perennially at the cutting edge of mathematical physics. 

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Sabine Hossenfelder

YOUTUBE SCIENCE SUPERSTAR
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Michio Kaku

Leading Theoretical Physicist
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Tommy Curry

Pioneering Philosopher of Race
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Tulip Siddiq

Rising star of the Labour Party
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Matt Hancock

Conservative MP and former Health Secretary
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Thangam Debbonaire

Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
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Isy Suttie

Comedian and actress
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Simon Baron-Cohen

Experimental psychologist
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Ezgi Basaran

Journalist and Oxford Academic
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Massimo Pigliucci

Leading Stoic Philosopher
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Catherine Heymans

Astronomer Royal for Scotland
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Hilary Lawson

Post-Realist Philosopher
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Frank Turner

UK Number 1 Singer
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Güneş Taylor

Francis Crick Geneticist
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Katherine Angel

Expert on desire
Rupert Sheldrake

Rupert Sheldrake

Radical Scientist
Simon Blackburn

Simon Blackburn

Meta-Ethics Expert
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Shabnam Nasimi

British-Afghan Social Activist
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Peter Godfrey-Smith

Bestselling author of "Other Minds"
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Ruth Chang

Professor of Jurisprudence
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Bjørn Ekeberg

Philosopher of Science
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Mary Ann Sieghart

Award-Winning Journalist
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Paul Dolan

Bestselling author and behavioural scientist
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Kathleen Stock

Philosopher
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Samira Shackle

Jouranlist and Author
Juan Castaneda
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Juan Castaneda

Economist
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Aaron Bastani

Novara Media Co-Founder
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Nigel Inkster

Intelligence Strategist
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Chris Parry

Strategic Forecaster
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Luke Johnson

Entrepeneur and Former Chairman of Channel 4 and the RSA
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Zoe Strimpel

Journalist, Academic Historian, Author
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Tim Palmer

Renowned Climate Scientist
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Nemone Metaxas

BBC Radio 6 DJ
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Anders Sandberg

Oxford Transhumanist
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Janne Teller

Award-winning novelist
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Stefan Dercon

Oxford Economist
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Hugh Tomlinson

Famed Lawyer
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Alex J. O'Connor

CosmicSkeptic
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Matthew Green

Historian and broadcaster
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Steven Berkoff

Actor and Playwright
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Bence Nanay

Philosopher and Film Critic
Dallas Campbell
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Dallas Campbell

Celebrated Science Presenter
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Peter Sjostedt-Hughes

Psychedelic Nietzschean philosopher
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Paul Muldoon

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet
Myriam Francois
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Myriam Francois

Writer and broadcaster
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Rana Mitter

Oxford professor and China expert
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Kehinde Andrews

Academic, activist and broadcaster
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Danielle Sands

Post-Kantian philosopher
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Isabel Hilton

Founding editor of chinadialogue.net
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Vince Cable

Former leader of the Liberal Democrats
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Maria Balaska

Philosopher and author
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Emma Sulkowicz

Artist and Activist
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Sarah Garfinkel

UCL Neuroscientist
Katie Robertson
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Katie Robertson

Philosopher of Physics
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Mary-Ann Ochota

Anthropologist and Broadcaster
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Calvin Robinson

Political Commentator and Advisor
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Ben Tarnoff

Tech writer and co-founder of Logic Magazine
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Denis Noble

Pioneer in the field of Biology
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Ian Parker

Psychologist and psychoanalyst
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Ben Burgis

Philosopher and Author
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Pavel Kroupa

Psychologist and psychoanalyst
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Ellen Clarke

Philosopher of Biology
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Joanna Kavenna

Acclaimed author
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David Freeman

Science Journalist
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Susan Michie

Psychologist
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Hannah Sullivan

T. S. Eliot Prize winning Poet
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Ella Whelan

Fearless political commentator
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Peter Tatchell

Trailblazing Activist
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Catherine Hakim

Pioneering Sociologist
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Eric Kaufmann

Radical Professor of Politics
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Lindsey German

Anti-War Political Activist
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Paul Davies

Open-minded Scientist
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Rebecca Roache

Alt-Left Philosopher
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Keith Ward

Philosopher and Theologian
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James Tartaglia

Philosopher and Jazz Musician
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Cindy Yu

Journalist and China Expert
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Mike Berners-Lee

Carbon Footprint Expert
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Chelsea Wald

Award-winning Environmental Writer
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Chris Huhne

Former Secretary for Climate Change
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Linda Bauld

Renowned Behavioural Scientist
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Quantum Biologist
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Timothy Williamson

Hard-hitting Logician
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Maya Oppenheim

Women's Correspondent for The Independent
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Danny Robins

Celebrated Playwright and Podcaster
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Minna Salami

Journalist, Author, Feminist
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Bobbi Pickard

Trans-rights Activist
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Aveek Bhattacharya

Eminent Economist
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David Healy

Psychiatrist and Scientist
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Steve Taylor

Transpersonal Psychologist
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Mark Salter

Psychiatrist
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Rebecca Buxton

Theorist and Author
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Stephen Pincock

Science Communicator
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Mazviita Chirimuuta

Philosopher of Neuroscience
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Anita Sethi

Journalist and Writer
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Victoria Baines

Internet Expert
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Stephen Kinsella

Lawyer and Digital Campaigner
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Stephanie Hegarty

BBC’s Population Correspondent