You can support the Academy of Ideas by becoming an associate or by giving us a donation.

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 is funded by individual donors and through sponsorship of events. We welcome donations of any size from individuals, companies and institutions. If you would like to donate, use the form on the right. You can make a one-off donation using WorldPay or PayPal, and you also have the option of regular donations via PayPal.

Alternatively, send a cheque payable to ‘Academy of Ideas Ltd’ to:

Academy of Ideas Ltd
5-8 The Sanctuary, London, SW1P 3JS


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.

Benefits include

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

Regular bulletins
We keep in touch with our subscribers with news of Academy of Ideas events, appearances and publications, 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. Sign up via Substack.

Become an associate

Click on the relevant link to join. Concession rate applies to students, unwaged and pensioners.

· Individual rate: £60 per year

· Individual concession rate: £35 per year

· Institutional rate: £250 per year

Benefactor rate: UK bank account holders who set up a standing order for £10 or more. Download the form here.


Our flagship project is a yearly two-day festival, the BATTLE OF IDEAS. We also run a variety of Forums on specific areas of discussion and we have a network of associated local Salons in the UK and beyond.

The Academy of Ideas founded the acclaimed sixth-form debating competition, DEBATING MATTERS, a weekend summer school, 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.

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

For more information on our work, internships, or to discuss the opportunities for supporting the Academy of Ideas’s wide-ranging work, email Geoff Kidder or phone on +44 (0)7724 146270.