HowTheLightGetsIn 2020

IAI School

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The IAI School is aimed at pre-university students who have an interest in critical thinking and want to broaden their understanding of what higher education offers beyond school curricula.

Following its success in 2019, the IAI School returns in an online form to HowTheLightGetsIn Global 2020 with a programme designed to enhance and inform university application process and support the development of independent critical thinking. Specially designed for A-Level students, the two-day course will deliver a series of stimulating lectures, seminars and small group discussions from world-leading thinkers plus talks and Q&A sessions with admissions tutors from the world's leading universities.

Teaching will be supported by the Institute of Art and Ideas and students will also have full access to HowTheLightGetsIn headline talks, debates, music and comedy. The weekend as a whole will provide a true university ‘taster’ experience.

With exclusive video social spaces available just for students attending the IAI School, there is plenty of opportunity for attendees to swap ideas and get to know one another, as well as exploring ideas.

“I'm so impressed by the work of the IAI School. Their programme is precisely the sort of thing I wish I'd done at school. While I missed out, students now are set to be stimulated and inspired” Bruce Daisley - Vice-President EMEA, Twitter

Check out the weekend's programme of events:

Saturday 11:30 - 12:30

Beyond the 5 Senses, Barry Smith

Your biology teacher has probably taught you that there are 5 senses: smell, touch, hearing, taste and sight. But scientists have long accepted that we have far more than that - so why does the myth of 5 persist to this day?

Join Philosopher of the Senses, and Director of the Institute of Philosophy at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, Barry C Smith as he argues that it's time for us to give up this outdated idea, and catch up with the scientists.

Saturday 15:45-16:45

How Strange Can Life Be?, Chris Impey

With tens of billions of habitable planets in our galaxy, it seems very likely that there is life beyond Earth. But with only our one example of biology to study, we are unsure what biology might look like off-Earth. As a result, scientists are posing the question: how strange can life be?

Join Chris Impey, Distinguished Professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona, who has written books on topics from black holes to our search for alien life, as he helps us explore the complexities of life.

Sunday 11:30-12:30

Introduction to Non-Western Philosophy, Sundar Sarukkai

Since its inception, the philosophy of science has focused almost exclusively on Western philosophy. Yet as the West begins to wake up to the limits of its own thought and the riches of non-Western approaches, we're beginning to ask what have we been missing?
Join Founder-Director of the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Sundar Sarrukai, as he uses the Indian philosophical tradition to make the case for non-western philosophy's paramount place.

Sunday 15:45-17:00

University of Bristol Admissions Tutor, Glenn Cosby

We invite an admissions tutor from one of the UK’s most prestigious universities to host an open question and answer session to tackle students’ biggest questions concerning higher education. This includes admissions, entrance examinations and interviews, what to prepare for and what to expect when you get to university.

IAI School Ticket

IAI School Tickets give you access to a two-day programme of stimulating lectures and seminars delivered by speakers from the stellar HowTheLightGetsIn Global lineup, plus Q&A sessions with admissions tutors from the world's leading universities. Exclusive video spaces just for IAI School attendees offer an unrivalled chance to meet the brightest and best students from all over the world, share ideas and build friendships.

This ticket also gives you access to all of the online debates, talks, bands, comedy, and DJs over the weekend 19-20th September.

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In  addition to all the features above, this ticket option gives you a 6 month free trial to the IAI Library subscription, including access to 3000+ debates, solo talk, exclusive interviews and academy sessions as well as our online ideas magazine, IAI News. Worth £18 and available for just £5 on top of the festival ticket price!

Please note that after the 6 month special price your subscription will renew at £2.99 a month. You can cancel your subscription at any time.

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