• Winner of the Transmission Prize 2014

    Winner of the Transmission Prize 2014

     

    We were very pleased to announce Professor David Nutt as the winner of the 2014 Transmission Prize. 

    The Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology's 'Truth About Drugs' was found to be the biggest, the most relatable and the best communicated idea, which are the three areas the prize evaluates. 

    An understanding of the real harm of drugs, the reframing as alcohol as an essential but a dangerous substance, and the trouble that classification of illegal drugs causes to essential medical research were seen to be new, surprising and life changing ideas. David communicates his ideas beyond academia, and understanding his work can help live richer, happier lives, so for these reasons we are extremely proud to award him the Transmission Prize 2014. 

     

     

     

    8th Feb 2014

  • 2014 Panel Announced

    2014 Panel Announced

    To celebrate inspired ideas, brilliantly communicated, Salon is leading the way by launching the Transmission prize to reward non-fiction, not only in book form but also through other media and live presentation.

    The short list will be announced early in December 2013, with the winner and prize awarded on 6th February 2014. The prize is one of the only prizes who reflect the work speakers do to take their ideas out to a wider audience.

    The long list has been created from all the speakers who have worked with Salon during 2013 or have published new work. 

    The 2013 panel includes: 

    Joanna Ellis is Associate Director at The Literary Platform, an online magazine and consultancy that works with publishers, developers, literary organisations and academic institutions on a wide range of digital publishing projects.  

    Stevyn Colgan is a British writer, artist and speaker. Colgan's first book Joined-Up Thinking was published on 3 October 2008. He has written two further books, Henhwedhlow and Constable Colgan's Connectoscope. He is a contributor to the BBC TV series QI and the regular QI Annuals, and a researcher for BBC Radio 4's The Museum of Curiosity..

    Ella Berthoud is an author of The Novel Cure, a literary remedy for ailments through bibliotherapy – a system of recommending books as a form of therapy. Berthoud studied English at Cambridge University, and is an accomplished painter, and is on the faculty of The School of Life.

    David Tong is a professor of theoretical physics at DAMTP in Cambridge, a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and joint recipient of the 2008 Adams Prize. He is Adjunct Professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

    Juliet Russell is a singer, composer and on of the UK’s leading vocal coach, most recently heard on BBC1’s The Voice. She co-founded Sense of Sound and consistently works with some of the UK’s most illustrious artists and companies.

    Helen Bagnall is an international award-winning writer of screen, books and digital storytelling, having worked for The National Theatre, RTE, Sony Pictures, Penguin Books and Fiver. She has twice won the KidScreen award for best TV film for teens.   

    Diccon Towns trained as a sculptor before moving to London to pursue a career in graphics. He is currently Head of Internet Technologies at a leading UK software house, and responsible for Salon's Digital Strategy.

     

    31st Oct 2013

  • The 2014 shortlist

    The 2014 shortlist

    We are proud to announce the shortlist for The Transmission Prize 2014:

    Olivia Laing for her exploration of what drives writers to drink, in her psycho-geographic journey across the USA.

    Professor David Nutt for giving us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the absolute truth about drugs.

    John McHugo who, based on decades of experience, has created an understandable, and concise history of the Arab world.

    Biologist Aarathi Prasad showed us how biology is redefining the rules of sex, and predicted the end of men.

    Lloyd Bradley for piecing together 100 years of black music in the capital and giving us his sounds of London.

    Perfumer and writer Sarah McCartney showed us how we can move both in time and our own experience through smell.

    Barbara Sahakian who explored the ethical and moral questions surrounding neuro-cognitive enhancers, aka smart drugs.

    Epigeneticist Tim Spector who showed us how we can change our genes, both those we inherit and those we pass on. 

    The Prize

    Salon London’s Transmission Prize recognizes the value of ideas and the work that speakers do to get them to an audience. 

    Throughout the year, Salon London showcases beautiful, inspired and useful ideas, in particular those that are communicated brilliantly. 

    Celebrating this, our Transmission Prize 2013 shortlist has been selected by a panel which includes Salon  founders Helen Bagnall, Juliet Russell and Diccon Towns, with author and artist Ella Berthoud, Theoretical Physicist Prof. David Tong, QI writer and author Stevyn Colgan and Associate Director of The Literary Platform Joanna Ellis.

    6th Feb 2014

  • Claudia Hammond wins 2013 Transmission Prize

    Claudia Hammond wins 2013 Transmission Prize

    Launched to commemorate their 5th year, Salon’s Transmission Prize is designed to recognize the value of ideas and their communication. The prize is sponsored by digital magazine Aeon, and was awarded at the first Salon of 2013 to the speaker judged by the Salon panel to have most engaged audiences in a new and interesting idea.

    Claudia Hammond’s nomination for her concept of time perception in Time Warped: Unlocking the mysteries of Time Perception was selected from a shortlist of great speakers that included Julian Baggini, Chris Watson, J P Flintoff, David Lindo, Elaine Fox, and Suzy Lishman.

    Already an award-winning broadcaster, writer and psychology lecturer, Claudia also presents All in the Mind & Mind Changers on BBC Radio 4 and the weekly Health Check on BBC World Service Radio. She is a columnist for BBC.com and often appears on TV to discuss research in psychology, and is on the part-time faculty at Boston University's London base where she lectures in health and social psychology.

    Launched in 2008, Salon showcases specialists from the worlds of science, psychology and the arts with a focus on fresh perspectives and new experiences. This year, the first ever Transmission Prize celebrates inspired ideas, brilliantly communicated not only in book form but also through other media and live presentation. The longlist was drawn up from the 47 speakers who appeared at Salon of published their work during 2012. The panel of judges comprises of writer and psychotherapist Philippa Perry, Orwell Prize-winning author Delia Jarrett Macauley (DMS, Ph.D., FRSA), writer and editor-at-large of WIRED magazine Ben Hammersley, singer and vocal coach Juliet Russell, screenwriter and digital storyteller Helen Bagnall, and designer Diccon Towns.

    7th Feb 2013

  • The 2013 Shortlist

    The 2013 Shortlist

    2012 has been an outstanding Salon year. We held over 20 Salons and worked with the National Theatre, Harrogate International Festival, Digital Shoreditch, Foyles and Standon Calling. The quality of ideas, and the knowledge and expertise of our speakers has meant more of you coming to Salon than ever before, so thank you to all of our speakers and audience. Without you we are but an empty shell.

    To celebrate our 5th year we're launching a prize to recognize the value of ideas and their communication.

    At our first Salon of 2013 on the 7th of February, we will be awarding the Transmission prize to the speaker who has done the most to engage our audience and beyond in a new and interesting idea.

    The prize is sponsored by Aeon, the digital magazine of ideas and culture.

    Together with our panel, Orwell prize winner Dee Jarrett McCauley, writer and psychotherapist Philippa Perry and editor at large for Wired UK magazine Ben Hammersley we have drawn up the following shortlist:

    Claudia Hammond who showed us how to take control of ‘Time’ conceptually.

    Julian Baggini who showed us how our core self is notional and how we are all capable of complete regeneration.

    Chris Watson the sound recordist who puts his microphones where we can’t put our ears creating world-class nature soundscapes.

    J P Flintoff who showed us how we could change the world and made it sound attainable.

    David Lindo, aka, the Urban Birder who showed us how we could bring nature in to our lives by simply looking up.

    Elaine Fox the Oxford professor whose accessible work in neuroscience advocates replacing positive thinking with positive actions for happiness.

    Suzy Lishman creator of the touring virtual autopsy, designed to take Pathology to the people, and the brains behind National Pathology Year 2012.

    We want our Salon crowd to get involved. Let us know who wowed you, who made you think differently and who have you recommended to your friends either by voting here or e-mailing us directly. We want to hear from you and think of you as an additional member of the Transmission Prize panel.

    20th Dec 2012

  • The 2013 Panel

    The 2013 Panel

    Philippa Perry. After training and volunteering with the Samaritans, Philippa Perry trained as a psychotherapist and following several years’ work in the mental health field, and a decade in private practice, joined the faculty of the School of Life. In 2010, in an attempt to demystify psychotherapy, she wrote the graphic novel, Couch Fiction. She has also written as a freelance journalist for the Guardian, The Observer, Time Out and other publications.  She has a regular column in Psychologies Magazine. Philippa is also an occasional presenter for The Culture Show, BBC2. Philippa’s latest book is How to Stay Sane, which is part of the Pan Macmillan/School of Life Self Help Series which aims to take self-help back to its philosophical roots. 

    Delia Jarrett-Macauley (DMS, Ph.D., FRSA) is the Orwell Prize winning author of Moses, Citizen and Me, is also a business and arts consultant, specialising in organisation development. She has broadcast for BBC radio and published two works of non-fiction. and an accomplished writer, academic and broadcaster with a career spanning over 20 years. Her impressive body of work is held in high regard both nationally and internationally. Delia has published three books, the most recent being her first novel Moses, Citizen and Me, which received the 2005 Orwell Prize for political writing.

    Ben Hammersley writes and consults on the effects of the internet on society, foreign policy, business, and culture. Currently he is the UK Prime Minister’s Ambassador to TechCity, London’s Internet Sector; Innovator in Residence at the Centre for Creative and Social Technologies at Goldsmiths, University of London; and Editor-at-Large of the UK edition of WIRED magazine. His latest book, “64 Things You Need to Know Now For Then” is published internationally.

    Juliet Russell is a singer, composer and vocal coach, most recently on BBC1’s The Voice. She co-founded the award-winning music company Sense of Sound and has performed and collaborated with some of the UK’s most illustrious artists and companies including Damon Albarn, Imogen Heap, Paloma Faith, Brian Eno, the BBC, Channel 4, Universal Music, the Royal Opera House, Greenpeace and Glastonbury.

    Helen Bagnall is an internatiinal award-winning writer of screen, books and digital storytelling, having worked for The National Theatre, RTE, Sony Pictures, Penguin Books and Fiver. She has twice won the KidScreen award for best TV film for teens, and is currently the Cross Platform Editor for The Literary Platform.   

    Diccon Towns trained as a sculptor before moving to London to pursue a career in graphics. A move into web-design in the late 90s precipitated a shift in focus to programming and information architecture, which have formed the backbone of his work since then. He is currently Head of Internet Technologies at a leading UK software house, and responsible for Salon's Digital Strategy. 

    6th Dec 2012

  • Salon Launches the Transmission Prize

    Salon Launches the Transmission Prize

    To celebrate inspired ideas, brilliantly communicated, Salon is leading the way by launching the Transmission prize to reward non-fiction, not only in book form but also through other media and live presentation.

    The short list will be announced early in December 2012, with the winner and prize awarded on 7th February 2013. The prize is sponsored and supported by Aeon, the new digital magazine of Ideas and Culture.

    The long list has been created from the 47 speakers who have appeared at Salon or released / published their work during 2012. 

    4th Dec 2012