Tickets now available for inaugural Knowledge Quarter Conference on the Future of Knowledge

The Knowledge Quarter, a partnership of over 85 academic, cultural, research, scientific and media organisations within a one-mile radius comprising of King’s Cross, Bloomsbury and Euston, is marking its third anniversary with a one-day Conference of talks and workshops on the future of Knowledge in an age of untruth.

Over 300 representatives from academia, the education and cultural sector, think tanks and Government will debate the future of Knowledge on the 12 February. The conference, sponsored by British Land and Pan Macmillan, will be held at the iconic British Museum.

The full programme has been released and is available on the conference website. A limited number of early bird tickets are now available to purchase for £80.

A diverse range of speakers from across the fields of politics, the media, philosophy and academia will convene for one inspiring and provocative day of keynote talks, discussion groups and public workshops, looking at Knowledge in all its forms. Confirmed speakers include Ronan Harris, Managing Director of Google UK and Ireland; Eleanor Mills, Editorial Director of The Sunday Times and David Olusoga, author, historian and broadcaster. Other speakers include:

  • Vivian Hunt, Managing Partner UK and Ireland, McKinsey & Company
  • Baroness Valerie Amos, Director, SOAS
  • Dr David Halpern, Chief Executive, Behavioural Insights Team
  • Claire Fox, Director, Institute of Ideas
  • Dr Hartwig Fischer, Director, British Museum
  • Shelina Janmohamed, Journalist and author
  • Sally Adee, Technology Editor, New Scientist
  • Lisa Feldman Barrett, Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University

From expertise to echo-chambers, from fact to falsehood, ‘The Future of Knowledge’ will mine the uncertainty that underpins our anxious age, exploring the challenges that face the knowledge economy in the early twenty-first Century.

Jodie Eastwood, Chief Executive of the Knowledge Quarter, said: “I am delighted to announce the Knowledge Quarter conference, which will explore critical issues for Knowledge Quarter organisations and civic society as a whole. Areas which we hope to explore include the potential impact of ‘post-truth’ politics on the knowledge economy and how knowledge-based organisations can react to an increasing public mistrust in experts and politicians.”

Hartwig Fischer, Director of the British Museum, said: “As one of the first knowledge-based organisations in the area, the British Museum is a fitting location for these fascinating debates. The Knowledge Quarter includes an incredible range of organisations and opportunities for partnership and there is huge potential for the public benefits these collaborations can bring.”

Juliette Morgan, Head of Regent’s Place for British Land, said: “As a substantial landlord in the heart of the Knowledge Quarter, British Land is acutely aware of the part we can play in supporting the growth and development of the incredible organisations that call this part of London home. Our campus, Regent’s Place, is part of a cluster of great minds working on world class innovations and research, and our partnership with the Knowledge Quarter is a recognition of their important contribution and the wider role of the UK’s knowledge economy.”

Sara Lloyd, Communications Director of Pan Macmillan, said: “For 175 years Macmillan has believed in bringing the best, most original new voices to everyone, energising readers to explore new territory and driving debate and understanding of the world around us. We are delighted to be hosting a series of lively discussions throughout the Future of Knowledge conference in which we will bring authors and readers together to talk about new ways for knowledge and culture to be created, interpreted and consumed.”

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