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Saturday, 19 June 2021
13:00–18:00


Online

In 2020, we were sadly forced to cancel our most ambitious Convention to date. This year, we’ve put together a spectacular one-day online event that is just as engaging and perhaps even more ambitious – reaching out to humanists not just in the UK, but from around the world.

Join us on Saturday, 19 June 2021 – the weekend of World Humanist Day – for a programme of talks and discussions that will ask big questions about humanity’s past and future, putting humanist values and humanist ideas about our place in the universe into the spotlight.

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Speakers

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Alice
Roberts

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Jim
Al‑Khalili

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Sathnam
Sanghera

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Samira
Ahmed

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Stephen
Smartt

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Liv
Boeree

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Callum
Brown

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David
Nash

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Madeleine
Goodall

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Charlie
Lynch

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Andrew
Copson

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Alice Roberts

Anatomist, President of Humanists UK

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Jim Al‑Khalili

Theoretical physicist

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Sathnam Sanghera

Journalist and
author of Empireland

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Samira Ahmed

Broadcaster and journalist

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Stephen Smartt

Astronomer

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Liv Boeree

Astrophysicist, science communicator, poker champion

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Callum Brown

Historian

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David Nash

Historian

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Madeleine Goodall

Humanist Heritage Coordinator, Humanists UK

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Charlie Lynch

Historian

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Andrew Copson

Chief Executive, Humanists UK

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Saturday, 19 June 2021

Start End Speaker Chair Title
13:00 13:15 Andrew Copson Welcome
13:15 14:10 Sathnam Sanghera Samira Ahmed In conversation
14:15 15:10 Callum Brown, with David Nash & Charlie Lynch Madeleine Goodall Humanist history

Break

16:00 16:55 Stephen Smartt Liv Boeree Our place in the universe
17:00 17:55 Alice Roberts Jim Al‑Khalili Human journey
17:55 18:00 Andrew Copson Close

The above times and titles are tentative and subject to change

Testimonials

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‘We need a spirit of optimism and a sense of the progress we’re making – and the Convention delivered it.’

Humanists UK Convention 2019 attendee

 

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‘I loved the variety of the talks and sessions – not just specifically humanist topics.’

Humanists UK Convention 2019 attendee

 

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‘I enjoyed the high quality speakers who brought so many ideas and such understanding to us. Thank you to all who organised it.’

Humanists UK Convention 2019 attendee

 

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Accessibility

Accessibility

All sessions at Humanists UK Convention 2021 will include optional live captioning.

Event policies

Cancellations

Bookings may be cancelled free of charge up to 14 days prior to the Convention start date (by 5 June 2021, inclusive). Cancellations made within 14 days of the Convention start date (from 6 June 2021, inclusive) will not be refunded, but may, at the discretion of Humanists UK and with no less than 7 days’ notice (from 13 June 2021, inclusive), be transferred to another eligible individual. Any refunds for ticket cancellations will be processed within two months.

Speakers

All appearances are subject to speakers’ work and other commitments.

Photography, video, and audio recording

Humanists UK reserves the right to photograph and record video and audio of the Convention and to make public the footage as it sees appropriate.

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