Join the Academy of Ideas

Because Ideas Matter

The Academy of Ideas's mission is to expand the boundaries of public debate by organising conferences, discussions and salons, and publishing written conversations and exchanges.

The Academy of Ideas relies on the financial support of individuals to continue our work. Joining the Academy of Ideas as an associate is a way of showing your support for our efforts to create a public space where ideas can be contested without restraint. Our flagship project is a yearly two-day festival, the BATTLE OF IDEAS.

The Academy of Ideas founded the acclaimed Sixth Form debating competition, DEBATING MATTERS, a weekend summer university, THE ACADEMY and LIVING FREEDOM, a residential school in London for 18- to 25-year-olds, educational projects now organised by a charity, boi. Find out more about the charity's work here.

Benefits include

Regular bulletins

We produce a newsletter of Academy of Ideas events, and associates receive regular additional mailings including: details of forthcoming events and publications; reading material on our current themes and by speakers at our events. We also produce audio and video debates.

Book Club and Forums

We run a book club for Academy of Ideas associates, which discusses contemporary fiction. Associates are also invited to take part in our regular forums to discuss education, social policy, arts and society, political economy, and parenting.


Associates receive discounts on tickets to the Battle of Ideas festival and other occasional offers.


The Academy of Ideas is funded by individual donors and through sponsorship of events. We welcome donations of any size from individuals, companies and institutions

These can be sent to

Academy of Ideas Ltd

Unit 208, Cocoa Studios

The Biscuit Factory

Drummond Road


SE16 4DG


A limited number of opportunities to intern at the Academy of Ideas are available. READ MORE

For more information, or to discuss the opportunities for supporting the Academy of Ideas's wide-ranging work, email Geoff Kidder or phone on +44 20 7269 9220

“The annual two days of enlightenment at the Battle of Ideas in the autumn makes up for the fact that the nights are drawing in. This event is London’s premier cognitive work out. It is an incomparable opportunity to re-charge your intelligence.”

Professor Raymond Tallis, fellow, Academy of Medical Sciences; author, philosopher, critic and poet


Individual rate: £60 per annum

Individual concession rate: £35 per annum

Institutional rate: £250 per annum

Benefactor rate: monthly standing orders of £10 or more. COMPLETE FORM






Other Amounts

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