We organise intelligent public debates with the aim of creating an atmosphere of intellectual freedom and open-ended exploration of new ideas, research and trends.

About us

We have over 20 years of experience in creating a space for no-holds-barred public debate.

Battle of Ideas festival

Our flagship project, an annual season of events taking place across the UK and Europe.


Discussions hosted by the AoI and our network of forums and salons.


Catch up on our recent events or browse the Academy of Ideas archive.


Browse our archive of discussion recordings, on everything from international politics to sport.


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Forums and salons

Find out more about our network of forums and local salons.

boi charity

The educational charity that runs Debating Matters, The Academy and Living Freedom.