The Malvern Festival of Ideas builds on the success of the Malvern Science and Faith Weekends, which began in 2012. The new title reflects the addition of other disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, psychology, economics and political theory. The success of the Weekends has led to discussions with related ventures in Malvern and to the formation of a charitable trust, EngageMalvern, to develop this work.
The 2019 Malvern Festival of Ideas will be 1-3 March 2019
Details of previous Weekends are given below
2015: Human Being - Being Human
2012: Malvern Evolution Weekend
Compassion and Education
Sir Anthony Seldon, University of Buckingham.
Ms Vinciane Rycroft, Mind with Heart
Compassion: Science Perspectives
Professor Maria Engstrom, Linkoping University
Dr Charlie Heriot-Maitland, King's College, London
Compassion in Healthcare
Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, King's College, London. Talk entitled: Soft skills for hard times: the science underpinning compassion in nursing
Revd Dr Tom Keighley
Professor Joshua Hordern, University of Oxford. Talk entitled: Civic compassion for healthcare today
Economics and Compassion
Ms Miriam Kennet, Green Economics Institute
Professor Michael Northcott, University of Edinburgh
Revd Barrie Hinksman, Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah, Archarya Modgala Duguid
Archarya Modgala Duguid. Talk entitled: Wings of a Bird. Wisdom and Compassion in Buddhism
Reflections on Compassion
Professor Roger Trigg
Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah
Activity Day: The Art of Science
Tony De Saulles
Human Being: The Evolving Animal
Professor Eric Olson, University of Sheffield.
Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker, Newman University
Being Human - Beginnings and Endings
Dr June Jones, University of Birmingham
Professor Dawn Brooker, University of Worcester
Being Human: Evolving Consciousness I
Professor Raymond Tallis. Talk entitled: Was Schubert (Just) a Musical Brain?
Dr Shabbir Akhtar, University of Oxford
Being Human: Evolving Consciousness II
Dr Peter Moore. Talk entitled: Augmented Consciousness – Hype, Hope, Heaven or Hell?
Panel Discussion: Raymond Tallis, Shabbir Akhtar, Pete Moore, chaired by Fern Elsdon-Baker
Being Human: Justice and Social Engagement
Morning service and Lunchtime talk (Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By)
Revd Dr Roger Ray, Springfield Community Church
Human Being: More Than Matter
Professor Keith Ward
Activity Day: Human Being: Brains & Bots
QinetiQ STEM Ambassadors;
body-inspired art and science activities
Opening Talk - Revd Peter Owen-Jones, Anglican priest, broadcaster and author. Talk entitled: Living the Simple Life.
Three Afternoon Talks and Question Time - The Big Bang
Professor Eric Priest, University of St Andrews. Talk entitled: Can a Scientist be a Person of Faith?
Dr Chris Lintott, University of Oxford. Talk entitled: The Science of the Beginning and End of the Universe.
Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, University of Oxford. Talk entitled: Being a Scientist and a Quaker.
Discussion Evening - Faith and Secularism
Professor Angie Hobbs, University of Sheffield, and Revd John Churcher, Progressive Christianity Network, in discussion: Faith and Secularism.
Group Interfaith Discussion Afternoon - God and the New Physics
Dr Usama Hasan, Quilliam, Jay Lakhani, Director of the Hindu Academy, and Professor Richard Bell, University of Nottingham, in discussion.
Activity Day: Heavenly Bodies
Thinktank, the Birmingham Science Museum; astronomy art and science activities; the Malvern Space Station
Health and Faith - discussion meeting with Julian Wood
Science, Spirituality and Song - a personal journey exploring the relationship between material science and spirituality with Jonathan Penley
For 2013, the scope expanded to include a multi-faith perspective and became Malvern Science and Faith Weekend. The theme was Sustainability.
Satish Kumar, Editor-in-Chief of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine; founder and Visiting Fellow of Schumacher College. Talk entitled: The Spirituality of Sustainability
Rianne ten Veen, member of the Management team of the Islamic Foundation for Ecology & Environment Sciences. Talk entitled: Creation Care: Shared Opportunity for People of Faith to do Good
Revd Dr Rosalind Selby, Principal of Northern College, Manchester; chair of the Joint (Baptist, Methodist, URC) Public Issues Team report on climate change theology. Talk entitled: Hearing the Voice of Creation Groaning
Activity Day: Save the Planet
Science for Sustainability Workshops led by Keele University School of Physical and Geographical Sciences.
The Economics of Happiness, organised by Transition Malvern Hills with comment by Satya Robyn, Geoff Richardson and Melanie Jameson
Songs of Harmony, led by Jonathan Penley
Malvern Festival of Ideas began in 2012 as Malvern Evolution Weekend
Science of Evolution
Professor Mark Pallen, University of Birmingham. Talks entitled: The Rough Guide to Darwin and Evolution: Evidence and Ideas
A Time of Wonder
Revd David Coleman, Iona Community and Greenock West URC. Talks entitled: A Time of Wonder and Dinosaur Sunday
Activity Day: Fun with Fossils
Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust
Islam in a Time of Uncertainty
Professor Tariq Ramadan, University of Oxford. Talk entitled: Islam in a Time of Uncertainty: Political and Theological Reflections
Science of Uncertainty
Dr Magda Osman, Queen Mary University of London. Talk entitled: Controlling Uncertainty.
Mr Brian Clegg, science writer. Talk entitled: Quantum Uncertainty.
Professor Frank Close, University of Oxford. Talk entitled: Nothing.
Professor Marcus du Sautoy, University of Oxford. Talk entitled: What We Cannot Know.
Uncertainty, Societies and Economies
Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby, University of Kent. Talk entitled: Insecurity in a Globalised World.
Dr Mark Flood, Financial Economist. Talk entitled: Measuring Uncertainty in a Financial World.
Uncertainty in Politics
Ms Natalie Bennett, former leader of the Green Party. Talk entitled: Political Uncertainty in a Time of Radical Transformation.
Personal and Spiritual Uncertainty
Professor Frances Young, University of Birmingham. Talk entitled: Uncertainty in Christianity and Our Own Lives.
Act of Worship
The Right Reverend Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester
Activity Day: Not Quite Sure
Jon Wood, Science Presenter: I Think I'm Sure/Bubble Science
Kjartan Poskitt, Murderous Maths. Murderous Maths Magic/Murderous Maths Numbers/The Space Show
Dr Mark Lewney, guitar physicist: The Future Ain't What It Used To Be.