Theme: Thinking and Learning

Take a global tour of the future of learning, hear talented young people present their ideas on tackling global challenges and explore the limits of the possible.

What's on

Sun
17
Jun

Broadcasters of the Future: New Generation Thinkers

Meet five New Generation Thinkers and hear their ideas on topics ranging from Sarah Scott and the dream of a female utopia to John Gower, the forgotten medieval poet. It features five inspiring speakers, choral music by The 24 and a drinks reception. The 24 is conducted by Robert Hollingworth, founder and director of I Fagiolini, one of the UK’s top professional vocal groups.

Sat
16
Jun

Thinking: Destination Unknown…

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is not just to think outside the box, but outside this world. ComplexCity is a colony in space designed to become an alternative home for humans after the breakdown of the Earth’s ecosystem. Join our simulation sessions as you attempt to govern ComplexCity using some of the tools of complex thinking and find out…

Wed
13
Jun

Exploring the Limits of the Possible

Can you imagine a tree that nobody is seeing? Can a painting depict a scene that is logically impossible? Can you imagine a colour that is both reddish and greenish? Philosophers use thought experiments of this kind to establish claims about what is, and what is not, possible. Tom Stoneham, Peter Lamarque, Keith Allen and Louise Richardson of the University of York’s Department of Philosophy introduce some of these thought experiments and consider their significance for our understanding of ourselves and the world.

Tue
12
Jun

Imagine If…

Imagine if Tim Berners-Lee had never considered a world where information could be freely accessed via a web, or Emmeline Pankhurst had not spoken out. Meet inspiring University of York PhD students and hear how their imagination is leading to life-changing research. At an event hosted by the former Director General of the BBC Greg Dyke, they have just three minutes each to explain how their ideas can lead to positive changes.

Tue
12
Jun

Tomorrow’s Leaders: Imagining our future

Students on the University of York’s Laidlaw scholarship programme present their ideas for tackling global challenges and shaping the future of health, education and the arts. The ResearchBites exhibition showcases cutting edge postgraduate research from the Universities of York and York St John, and there's a chance to watch the final round of the North Yorkshire Coast Higher Education Collaboration’s Give me Five competition.

Sun
10
Jun

A New Map of Wonders: A journey in search of modern marvels

Writer Caspar Henderson charts a course through the realm of the fascinating and awe-inspiring.

Fri
8
Jun

Question Time: A journey round Britain’s quizzes

Travel writer and quiz fan Mark Mason decided to combine two of his greatest loves by setting off on a tour of Britain's quizzes. From a pub quiz in Edinburgh to a charity quiz in Hampshire, from a corporate quiz in Birmingham to a journalists' quiz in Parliament, he finds answers aplenty while asking some questions of his own.

Thu
7
Jun

Inside the Learning Revolution

Join education expert Alex Beard for a dazzling tour of the future of learning as he shows how today we can - and must - do better. He will lead you from the crowded corridors of a South London comprehensive to the high-tech halls of Silicon Valley, through the exam factories of South Korea to the inclusive classrooms of Finland.

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