NASA astronaut and record holder of the most consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly, in conversation with writer and host of popular science series The Infinite Monkey Cage, Robin Ince. On 1st March 2016, American astronaut, Scott Kelly, touched down in Kazakhstan after spending a recordbreaking 340 days in space aboard the International Space Station. His return to earth marked the end of a year-long scientific research project that Scott and his identical twin brother, Mark, who remained on earth, were uniquely placed to complete. They each conducted the same experiments, 200 miles apart. This ground-breaking ‘Twin Study’ tested the long-term effects of spaceflight on the human body, becoming the most important biomedical study NASA has ever run. Join Scott Kelly at Emmanuel Centre for a very special evening as he introduces his captivating memoir Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery and shares with us what it’s like out there and what it’s like now, back here. Scott will touch on what’s happened to his body, the sadness of being isolated from everyone he loves; the pressures of constant cohabitation; the catastrophic risk of colliding with space junk, and the still more haunting threat of being absent should tragedy strike at home. Don’t miss the chance to purchase a discounted copy of Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery for £10 when you purchase your tickets online. Books will be available for collection from the on-site bookshop on the night. Scott will be signing books after the event. In association with Penguin Live Read more.
Extricating Britain from Europe will be the greatest challenge this country has faced since the Second World War – or its greatest crisis. But in Nick Clegg’s view there is nothing remotely inevitable about Brexit – except that it will be deeply damaging if it happens. But can we stop it? How can it be done? Haven’t the people spoken? Nick Clegg argues that our democratic mandate is not trounced by the referendum. We are free to reconsider. Calmly and rationally, he will explain precisely how this historic mistake can be reversed – and what you can do to make sure that it is. Read more.
Are you an Upholder, a Questioner, an Obliger or a Rebel? Gretchen Rubin, lifestyle guru and bestselling author of The Happiness Project, returns to the how to: Academy with a masterclass on how to make lasting changes in your life by understanding your personality profile. In her new book, The Four Tendencies, Gretchen defines four clear personality groups. Which group we belong to shapes every aspect of our behaviour; from how we respond to motivation, and how that in turn affects everything from family dynamics to an individual’s happiness, their work ethic, and general attitude to life. To change our habits, it is crucial to know which personality group we fall into. This unmissable talk will help us recognise this and adapt accordingly. Read more.
Liv Boeree, currently the top ranked European player in the world, with over $3.5m in live tournament winnings, comes to the how to: Academy with a talk on Poker that will include strategy tips, hand analysis and stories from the table. Liv will also outline some introductory game theory and the applications of poker-player thinking in everyday life. A member of Team PokerStars, she is the only female player to win both the World Series of Poker and European Poker Tour titles. With a first-class degree in Astrophysics, this promises to be a fascinating exploration of poker at the highest level. Read more.
A perfect post-Christmas talk by Dr Rangan Chatterjee, the star of the BBC One series Doctor in the House, which will transform the way you think about health and provide a simple framework for changing your life. Dr Chatterjee divides health into four pillars: diet, rest, sleep and movement. By making small, easily achievable changes in each of these key areas you can find and maintain good health – and avoid illness. You don’t need to excel at any one pillar; what matters is the balance across all the things you do. Based on cutting edge research and his own experience as a GP this talk on the 4 Pillar Plan will inspire you to make the adjustments needed to lead a longer healthier life. Read more.
In this talk Johann Hari, whose TED talk on addiction – and the animation based on it – has been viewed over 8.5 million times online, will present a radical reappraisal of depression arguing that depression isn’t caused by a chemical imbalance in our brains but by crucial changes in the way we are living. For Johann this opens up 7 new paths out of depression and anxiety- ones that are very different to the paths we have been offered up to now. Hailed as “life-changing” by Elton John, a “game-changer” by Davina McCall, and “extraordinary” by the Daily Mail’s Dr Max Pemberton, and with glowing advance praise from Alastair Campbell, Brian Eno, Naomi Klein, Russell Brand and many others, this talk promises to be literally life-changing. Join us Live at the Conway Hall. In association with Head Talks . Read more.
In a rare appearance Daniel Pink, the internationally bestselling writer, and one of the top 10 most viewed TED speakers with over 19m views , will show how perfect timing is a science which properly understood will revolutionise WHEN we make decisions and how best to live, work and succeed. Drawing on more than seven hundred studies from the fields of psychology, biology, anthropology, economics and more, Pink will reveal how we can use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule.? When is the best time to take hard decisions? When should you have your first coffee of the day? Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? How do we apply the science of timing to our own lives and societies? And when is the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers or get married? Join us for a talk that will provide compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives. Read more.
how to: Academy welcomes Buddhist monk and molecular biologist Matthieu Ricard to the stage for a night of conversation with his close friend, the esteemed neuroscientist Wolf Singer. Ricard is a global inspiration and the French interpreter for the Dalai Lama – his TED talk on ‘The Habits of Happiness’ has been viewed 7.5 million times. Singer is the Director of the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research and Founding Director of the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies. These callings may seem worlds apart yet Buddhism and neuroscience have shared goals: what is this thing we call the mind, and how can we use it to fulfil our destinies? Buddhism for two millennia has pursued its investigations through knowledge of the self. Neuroscience relies on third-person observation. So where do they meet? Can science ever access consciousness as a primary experience? Can Buddhist awareness ever aspire to neuroscience’s precise criteria for conscious and unconscious processes? In this unique conversation, Ricard and Singer will offer their converging but distinct perspectives on the self, consciousness, meditation and free will. Join us for an enlightening and passionate dialogue between Buddhism’s wealth of experiential findings and neuroscience’s abundance of experimental results. Read more.
Ian Black in conversation with Ahmad Samih Khalidi.
Ian Black’s new history of Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel from 1917 -2017 has garnered amazing reviews from both sides of the conflict. In this unique conversation Ahmad Samih Khalidi, a Palestinian academic and former senior advisor to PA Presidents Arafat and Abbas, will discuss with Ian the key issues highlighted in his pioneering new study and explore together the past, present and future of the conflict. Praise for Enemies and Neighbours ‘Superbly researched and highly readable. Even those who are well read on the subject will find new insights that had escaped them’ Raja Shehadeh, author of Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape ‘In a field where one has gotten used to one-sided ‘narratives’, it is refreshing to come across a historical account that simply lays down the facts, gory and tragic as these may be. This book is a must-read for those who, still entertaining hope for a sane exit from the conflict, need to be shocked out of their stupor’ Sari Nusseibeh, author of Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life Read more.
In this talk Dan Ariely, the world-renowned behavioural economist and New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational, will delve into the truly illogical world of personal finance to help us better understand why our irrational behaviour often interferes with our best intentions when it comes to managing our finances and what we need to do to make better ones. Join us for what promises to be a fascinating journey deep inside our minds, guided by the 5+million viewed TED speaker, and see the hidden motivations that are secretly driving our everyday choices about money and how to change our financial decision-making. Read more.
A tour by James Bidwell of some of the most extraordinary, exceptional and disruptive business innovations in the world. Ranging from Smart Cities, the Sharing Economy, Sustainability, Entertainment, Health, the Workplace, Communication, Education, to Retail and Travel, the innovations showcased in James’s talk can be digital or analog, capitalist or social, start-up or corporate, developed from an old model or creating a new one. At the end we will learn from the world’s most forward thinking businesses how to disrupt, innovate, collaborate, learn new skills and drive creative solutions in your workplace, office or industry. Read more.
with various speakers. Chaired by Paul Workman and Karol Sikora.
Cancer affects us all. We can’t avoid it. But treatment has improved dramatically over the last 50 years. New methods of surgery, radiotherapy and drugs have had a massive impact and the majority of patients are cured. Leading experts will consider the future and give their views on how to cure cancer. Read more.