5 speakers 15 minutes each

Lewis Hyde

Cult hero Lewis Hyde was born in Boston and studied at the Universities of Minnesota and Iowa. In addition to Trickster Makes This World, he is the author of The Gift, a defence of the importance of creativity in our increasingly money-orientated society. A MacArthur Fellow and former Director of Creative Writing at Harvard, Hyde […]

Lewis Hyde

How Disruptive Imagination Makes Culture

"A luminous evening – hopeful, heartfelt & deeply inspiring."

Akram Khan Company

Robbert Dijkgraaf

Robbert Dijkgraaf is a mathematical physicist who specialises in string theory and is director and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study. A distinguished public policy adviser and passionate advocate for science and the arts, he is also the co-chair of the InterAcademy Council, a global alliance of science academics.

Robbert Dijkgraaf

on the Future of Useless Knowledge

Geoffrey West

Geoffrey West is one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world, renowned for applying theoretical physics to the field of biology with extraordinary results. He has found comparative scales and models that consider why we require 8hrs sleep yet Elephants only 4 hours; why we have a finite life span, and companies do […]

Geoffrey West

on the Future of Cities

"It's a neat idea... five speakers are allotted exactly 15 minutes to tell a story. No notes, no prompts. They do their prep, and deliver... And boy do they deliver."

Valerie Grove, The Times

Timandra Harkness

Timandra Harkness is a science writer, broadcaster and comedian, who has been writing and performing on scientific, mathematical and statistical topics since the latter days of the 20th Century. Her book BIG DATA: DOES SIZE MATTER? was published by Bloomsbury in 2016. Timandra is a regular on BBC Radio 4, writing and presenting BBC Radio […]

Timandra Harkness

on the Future of Big Data

"The ability to 'think intelligently' about subjects that tickle, exercise and expand your mind is at last tangible with entertaining talks at 5x15."

The Telegraph