York Festival of Ideas 2019

Join us for York Festival of Ideas 2019. Running from 4 to 16 June, the Festival includes more than 200 mostly FREE events to educate, entertain and inspire. A selection of events is listed below and the full programme can be viewed at yorkfestivalofideas.com

The Poetry and Music of Science Sunday 16 June
Inspired by The Poetry and Music of Science, a new book by the University of York’s first Professor of Natural Philosophy, Tom McLeish, our Festival Focus Day aims to break the silence on the deep creativity and imagination required in science. Our speakers – artists, scientists, conductors and musicians – challenge the assumption that science is less creative than art and point to common territories in the creative process. Join in the discussion as we explore the interfaces between science and literature, art and astronomy, poetry, music and mathematics.

I Wonder If… Tuesday 11 June at 6pm to 7.15pm
How can we answer the big cultural, economic, political and ecological questions of our time? Meet inspiring University of York PhD students and hear how their curiosity is leading to life-changing research. At an event hosted by former BBC Director General, Greg Dyke, they have just three minutes each to explain how their ideas can contribute to a more wonderful world.

Women’s War Photography: The pioneers Tuesday 11 June at 8pm
Discover women’s important roles in war photography. Pippa Oldfield, curator at Bradford’s Impressions Gallery, reveals the fascinating but overlooked history of female pioneers working in conflicts. Find out how women photographed the American Civil War, the First World War and the Mexican Revolution. Hosted by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society.

Ignorance and Failure: How science got to be so successful Friday 14 June

Science questions authority and is driven by what is not known, ignorance. It further demands an experimental approach to knowing and with experiments come failures. But failure is also a driving force for ignorance as it reveals the deepest ignorance – what you didn’t know you didn’t know. Stuart Firestein of Columbia University, USA, explores how science has made tremendous progress through a reliance on ignorance and failure.