Upcoming Events


This September, our HowTheLightGetsIn London festival will be back on the glorious grounds of Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath! And our IAI School programme will return bigger and better than ever.

Students will experience a programme of debates, talks, workshops and Q&As led by a cast of world leading thinkers and educators drawn from the main festival programme. Sessions will cover topics from core aspects of philosophy to the biggest challenges facing science, politics and wider culture. An in depth Q&A on the university application process will also be delivered by an admissions tutor from a top UK university.

For more information and school bookings, please contact education@artandideas.org. 

Recent Events

IAI School Online: HowTheLightGetsIn 2021

The IAI School Online programme was our biggest yet in May 2021! Over 200 students were able to participate in stimulating talks, debates, Q&As, and interactive workshops with high-profile academics and top UK University admissions tutors throughout the virtual festival programme.

Speakers included Vince Cable, Betty Sue Flowers, Chris Impey, Güneş Taylor and Kay Peggs.

IAI School Online: HowTheLightGetsIn 2020

Last September, HowTheLightGetsIn Global 2020 welcomed its very first IAI School Online programme with a series of stimulating talks and workshops across 2 days.

We welcomed world-leading thinkers to our virtual school tent, to discuss everything from the existence of aliens to how to write a personal statement. Speakers included Philosopher of the Senses Barry Smith, distinguished Professor of Astronomy Chris Impey, and Founder-Director of the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, Sundar Sarrukai.

For our bursary-funded students, our festival partners the Bank of England and Direct Line Group put on their very own interactive workshops.