'The aim of the 21st Century Challenges series ... is to improve public understanding of, and engagement with, some of the key issues likely to affect our lives and society in the coming years and thereby aid people in making their own informed decisions and judgements on these issues.'
Extensive series of video and audio transcripts.
Royal Geographical Society
'Salon London is proud to present its first ever outdoor festival.' Usually held Late June.
'Two days of high-level, thought-provoking, public debate organised by the Institute of Ideas with the Barbican.' Latest Dates 17-18 October 2015.
Institute of Ideas
'Big Ideas is a series of events, mostly held in pubs in London ... Sessions generally start with a question. Someone who has some relevant expertise gives a very brief, informal talk. After that a discussion develops in a free and unstructured manner. It's not a lecture, and it's not a debate; it's a pub argument, but unlike any you've had before ... In case you were worried, Big Ideas isn't affiliated with any political, religious or other organisation, and we don't have any particular agenda ... Anyone is welcome to turn up.'
Programme of events througout the year, with an especial focus in May.
Bristol Cultural Development Partnership | The Observer
'Café Culture welcomes you to café-style discussions on culture, politics, philosophy and science. Open to all, no prior knowledge needed, just a like-minded desire for convivial and lively banter. Events are free ... Events run from 7–9 pm, snacks and drinks are available.'
Café Culturel | Café Philosophique | Café Politique | Café Scientifique | British Science Association | The Institute for Public Policy Research North, Northumbria University | PEALS | Newcastle Philosophy Society
'The Festival of Ideas celebrates the arts, humanities and social sciences through performances, film screenings, hands on activities, talks and workshops - for free!' Latest Dates 19 October - 1 November 2015.
'Check out the Video and Audio page to catch up on any events you missed.'
University of Cambridge
'FORM SEVEN is a community of people who love to ask questions, dedicated to enriching their knowledge of the arts and sciences, languages and books. Join us to explore new perspectives and meet new people ... You will meet new people on the same wavelength as you. Our events will allow you to dive into a whole world of new ideas and skills: history, languages, literature, philosophy, science, nature and creative arts. There is food for any curious mind.'
'Amongst the events organised by Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique is our series of talks (in English) known as the Cafés Diplo.'
'An award-winning innovation lab for digital culture and annual festival, established in Manchester in 1995. For 21 years FutureEverything has been exploring the meeting point of technology, society and culture which lies at the heart of the digital debate. Through a community network and regular events it makes connections between thinkers, developers, coders, artists, designers, urbanists and policy makers – inspiring them to experiment and to collaborate in new ways.' Festival usually held late March/early April.
'The Great Debate website includes listings of events, articles, reviews and useful links to other sites. We hope that you will find our website to be a useful resource.'
A series of free public lectures which has been designed to celebrate innovation in Edinburgh and Scotland.
Edinburgh International Conference Centre
>>> IAI Debates & Talks
'We organise two unique cultural festivals each year in Hay-on-Wye. HowTheLightGetsIn and Crunch offer a distinctive blend of inspirational and challenging debates, and legendary performances and parties. The festivals feature some of the biggest and most exciting thinkers, writers and artists, world-class live musicians, comedy, cabaret and legendary parties with DJs and dancing until the small hours.'
'All of our content is available to share on the iai website.' Can search by Subject Category, Length of Video, Speaker ...
HowTheLightGetsIn | Crunch
>>> Future Events
'Intelligence² occupies a unique position in London's social and intellectual landscape. It is the only institution in town - aside from Parliament - to provide a forum for debate on the crucial issues of the day; but unlike Parliament, its debates are consistently exciting, witty, provocative ... and comfortable, held as they are at the Royal Geographical Society's Ondaatje Theatre and other venues ... Tickets for individual events can be purchased directly from our event page for the standard price of £25. There are a few exceptions to the standard price ...' Usually need to book ahead.
Debates also accessible 'on air' and 'online': Premium Account 'Receive unlimited access to our regularly updated, expanding catalogue of written debates, which provide succinct and lucid analyses of major issues in politics, technology, the arts and other fields, breaking down each topic into the arguments for and against. Watch the full archive of videos from IQ² live debates and other IQ² events: lectures, talks and discussions. Perfect for students and the intellectually curious. If you prefer not to read or watch online, our written debates can be printed in PDF format and our videos can be downloaded on to your computer.'
Have organized several Named Lectures and related events which can be 'open to the public'. Enquire about attendance.
Hugh Oldham Lecture | Paton Lecture
'This is an annual lecture series hosted by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. Exploring the newest research emerging from Oxford this lecture and panel discussion will consider how research at Oxford impacts on the world in the twenty-first century.'
The Guardian | Romanes Fund
'The 21st Century School runs seminars, workshops and one-off events in different departments throughout the academic year. It also features a distinguished public lecture series and a termly seminar series to present cutting-edge research on the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.' Typically: 'Seminars are free and open to everyone, with no registration required' - but should check first.
University of Oxford | James Martin 21st Century School
'The donor's wishes to continue Ralph Miliband's intellectual tradition are being carried out through a combination of public lecture series and the appointment of visiting teaching fellows. These fellows also give public lectures at LSE ... The lectures are free and open to all with some events requiring a ticket so please check the individual web listing. The events generally take place in the early evening and last approximately one and a half hours, including a question and answer session.'
London School of Economics and Political Science
'RSA events are free and open to the public as well as RSA Fellows.'
'You can experience our events in person at the RSA House, through live audio-streaming and live video-streaming over the web, or watch or listen at your convenience, using free video and audio downloads.'
Organize a Sofi Seminar Series, with weekday late afternoon seminars - as well as other events from time to time: 'Many events are open to the public. You do need to book for some events'.
'Each year the House hosts two Lectures. The Annual Lecture was established in 1978 and has continued under the generous sponsorship of Rio Tinto. The purpose of these Lectures is to develop a subject already under discussion in the House programme of Consultations. A specialist speaker is invited to offer their own thoughts in a way that will promote further discussion and debate ... The Elson Ethics Lecture has been founded to promote discussion and debate on issues of an ethical and moral nature. This lecture series has come about through the vision and generosity of Ambassador Edward Elson.' Enquire about attendance.
Elson Ethics Lecture | Rio Tinto
ThoughtOut 'hopes to help bridge the perceived gap between two imaginary places called “the ivory tower” and “the real world,” to bring them together through ideas that we believe should be at the center of cultural debate today'. Holding early evening events once or twice a month.
University of East Anglia