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.


  • 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 . . .
  • Catherine Pendegrass

    Catherine Pendegrass

    The Possibilities of Merging Humans with Machines

    Catherine Pendegrass PhD, is a senior lecturer in the Department of Materials and Tissue and the Division of Surgery & Interventional Science at UCL. Catherine is a Senior Lecturer in the department for Materials, Centre for . . .
  • Dr. Alasdair Russell

    Dr. Alasdair Russell

    Genome Editing Technologies

    Dr. Alasdair Russell is head of Pre-Clinical Genome editing at CRUK Cambridge Institute.   Alasdair heads up a specialised team that provide a centralised ‘Hub’ for the innovation and application of state-of-the-art . . .
  • Roman Krznaric

    Roman Krznaric

    Why we need to stop ‘living in the moment'

    Roman Krznaric is a social philosopher whose books, including Carpe Diem Regained, Empathy, The Wonderbox and How to Find Fulfilling Work, have been published in more than 20 languages. He is the founder of the world’s first Empathy . . .
  • Dr Scilla Elworthy

    Dr Scilla Elworthy

    Brokering Peace

    Scilla Elworthy. PhD, founded the Oxford Research Group in 1982 to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics, work which included a series of dialogues between Chinese, Russian and . . .
  • Prof Hilary Greaves

    Prof Hilary Greaves

    The Power of Effective Altruism

    Hilary Greaves is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and a Tutorial Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford. Her current research focusses on various issues in ethics, including: foundational issues in population . . .
  • Dr Kate Raworth

    Dr Kate Raworth

    Creating a New Economic Mindset

    Kate Raworth is an economist whose research focuses on the unique social and ecological challenges of the 21st century. She is a Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, and also . . .


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