Salon London at Latitude

Friday 14th July 2017


TBC but provisionally scheduled for Friday 14th July 18:00-19:00 in The SpeakEasy Arena

Clean eating and clean living are all very well but are we actually built for lives that strip out pleasure? What is the point of us of our inner hedonism if having one doesn’t give us some advantages in life? Prof Wolfram Schultz is exactly the neuroscientist to ask. Just awarded one of the biggest awards in the world of science for his research into the brain and pleasure – he will explain our conflicted relationship with good times with Salon London’s Helen Bagnall, while author and philosopher Dr Jules Evans will show how history demonstrates that we ignore our need for joy and celebration at our peril as collective joy is fundamental to us flourishing as humans.



TBC but provisionally scheduled for Saturday 15th July 15:00-16:00 in The Wellcome Trust Arena

Salon London has been waiting a long time to ask the question: ‘Mindfulness, does it actually work?’ They have been waiting in particular for Prof Willem Kuyken to answer the question because his role as Director of the University of Oxford’s Mindfulness Centre means he has the up to the minute scientific evidence to evaluate the benefits of the practise.  Is it the perfect antidote to modern life or do we need to be mindful skeptcis about what it can do for us? Have the benefits been oversold, how can training provide practical tools to improve the brain and the body. Finally find out the facts from the academic who really knows. 



TBC but provisionally scheduled for Sunday 16th July 12:30-13:45 in The SpeakEasy Arena

At Salon London we’ve been working hard to get our heads round the fact that death is becoming discretionary for a little while now, so we are so pleased to be able to go a little bit deeper to find out how, when, and why? Professor of Molecular Genetics John Joe McFadden who will talk us through the ethics that come with the reality of gene editing, Head of the Pre Clinical Genome editing at the University of Cambridge Dr Alistair Russell explains exactly where we are in eradicating fatal diseases and bringing back the woolly mammoth (in that order, obviously) and we’ll be hearing from UCL’s Dr Cate Pendegrass who leads the UK in fascinating work to merge our flesh with machines.



TBC but provisionally scheduled for Saturday 15th July 18:30- 19:30 in The Faraway Forest

Memory is a very strange thing. Our sense of self is intrincically bound up with our memories and yet recent academic research reveals our memories, even our most precious ones are constantly being edited and often contain entirely false elements.  Is this right, and if so what does this mean for our identity?  Leading False Memory scholar Dr Kimberely Wade will explain all to Helen Bagnall while fascinating cultural historian John Higgs will ask us to consider whether the Great British countryside might hold in its geography collective memories of past happenings, ones that we could learn from if we cared to listen in to the landscape.  Join us to explore this alternative narrative of memory with Salon London.


  • Mark Maslin

    Mark Maslin

    The Cradle of Humanity

    Mark Maslin (FRGS, FRSA) is a Professor of Climatology and Environmental Sciences at University College London, and is currently a Royal Society Industrial Fellow. He was the former Director of the UCL Environment Institute and Head of the . . .
  • Chengwei Liu

    Chengwei Liu

    Executive Decision Making and Strategizing

    Chengwei Liu is Associate Professor of Strategy and Behavioural Science and Course Director of EMBA Programmes at Warwick Business School's London Shard Campus. Chengwei is an expert on executive decision making and . . .
  • Lisa Bortolotti

    Lisa Bortolotti

    Philosophy of Psychology and Psychiatry

    Lisa Bortolotti is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham. Her main research areas are the philosophy of psychology and psychiatry. Lisa is interested in rationality and belief, and in various limitations of . . .
  • Dharshini David

    Dharshini David

    The Almighty Dollar

    Dharshini David is an economist and broadcaster. From 2009 she fronted Sky News’ daily financial coverage from the heart of the City, as well as co-presenting the channel’s flagship Sky News Tonight programme.
  • Nick Chater

    Nick Chater

    Behavioural Science

    Nick Chater is Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School. He founded WBS's Behavioural Science group, which is the largest of its kind in Europe, and was scientist-in-residence on the BBC Radio 4 series The Human Zoo.
  • Julian Baggini

    Julian Baggini

    Future You.

    Julian Baggini is the author of several books, including Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind (Granta), Complaint (Profile), The Ego Trick (Granta) and most recently The Shrink and . . .
  • Robert E Smith

    Robert E Smith

    Robert's interests are complex-systems-based artificial intelligence, including evolutionary algorithms, machine innovation, knowledge representation, evolving agents, and cooperative computation. He has authored over 20 journal articles, . . .
  • Nichi Hodgson

    Nichi Hodgson

    SEX, and drugs and rock and roll.

    Nichi Hodgson is an author, broadcaster, and journalist living in London. A former sex columnist for Men's Health, she regularly contributes to the Guardian, Vice, and the Telegraph on civil liberties and censorship issues, sex and the . . .
  • Margaret Heffernan

    Margaret Heffernan

    Willful Blindness, A Bigger Prize.

    Margaret Heffernan has been the CEO of five different businesses in the United States and the UK. A former producer for the BBC and author of “The Naked Truth: A Working Woman's Manifesto On Business And What Really Matters”, . . .
  • Prof Johnjoe McFadden

    Prof Johnjoe McFadden

    Ethics for Immortality

    Johnjoe McFadden is Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Surrey and editor of Britain’s leading text book on molecular biology. He obtained his PhD at Imperial College London and went on to work on human genetic . . .


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