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.


  • Robin Ince

    Robin Ince

    A Comedian's Take on What Makes Us Human

    Robin Ince is co-presenter of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 show, The Infinite Monkey Cage. He has won the Time Out Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, was nominated for a British Comedy Award for Best Live show, and has won three Chortle . . .
  • Professor Nava Ashraf

    Professor Nava Ashraf

    Altruistic Capital

    Nava Ashraf is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the London School of Economics. She is also Director of Research of the Marshall Institute. Professor Ashraf’s research combines psychology and economics, . . .
  • Dr Adam Rutherford

    Dr Adam Rutherford

    The Book of Humans

    Dr Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. He studied genetics at University College London, and during his PhD on the developing eye, he was part of a team that identified the first genetic cause of a form of childhood . . .
  • Andy Bird

    Andy Bird

    The Inspired Leader

    Andy Bird is an independent leadership consultant, coach and author who provides support, challenge and guidance for people looking to flourish and succeed as leaders. He works with his clients in a spirit of close partnership, helping . . .
  • Jason Hickel

    Jason Hickel

    The Divide

    Jason Hickel is an anthropologist at the London School of Economics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is originally from Swaziland and spent a number of years living with migrant workers in South Africa, studying patterns of . . .
  • Tim Marshall

    Tim Marshall

    Prisoners of Geography

    Tim Marshall is a leading authority on foreign affairs with more than twenty-five years of reporting experience. He was diplomatic editor at Sky News, and before that worked for the BBC. He has reported from forty countries and covered . . .
  • Edith Hall

    Edith Hall

    Aristotle's Way

    One of Britain’s foremost classicists, and professor at King’s College London, Edith Hall is the first woman to have won the Erasmus Medal of the European Academy. In 2017 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Athens . . .
  • 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 . . .


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