Join the Academy of Ideas

Because Ideas Matter

The Academy's mission is to expand the boundaries of public debate by organising conferences, discussions and salons, and publishing written conversations and exchanges.

The Academy relies on the financial support of individuals to continue our work. Joining the Academy 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

Regular bulletins

We produce a newsletter of Academy events, 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.

Book Club and Forums

We run a book club for Academy associates, which discusses contemporary fiction. Associates are also invited to take part in our regular forums to discuss education, social policy, arts and society, political economy, and parenting.


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


The Academy is funded by individual donors and through sponsorship of events. We welcome donations of any size from individuals, companies and institutions

These can be sent to

Academy of Ideas Ltd

Unit 208, Cocoa Studios

The Biscuit Factory

Drummond Road


SE16 4DG


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

For more information, or to discuss the opportunities for supporting the Academy's wide-ranging work, email Geoff Kidder or phone on +44 20 7269 9220

“The Battle of Ideas continues to grow in strength and influence. It’s established itself as a crucible of political and social debate.”

Colin Blakemore, professor of neuroscience at the universities of Oxford and Warwick; chair, Neuroscience Research Partnership, Singapore


Individual rate: £60 per annum

Individual concession rate: £35 per annum

Institutional rate: £250 per annum

Benefactor rate: monthly standing orders of £10 or more. COMPLETE FORM






Other Amounts

Make a one-off donation to help the Academy's work

what's happening next

Battle of Ideas 2019

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 November 2019, Barbican, Silk Street, London