Humanism in Action

Friday 14 June, 11:00–17:00

Humanists UK AGM
(Members only)

Sunday 16 June, 15:30–18:00

Cardiff Students’ Union
Park Place,
CF10 3QN

Our speakers

As someone attending my first convention, it was very easy to meet and discuss things even if I was not certain on my position on the topics – the friendliness of those attending gave space to discuss and explore the ideas.

Humanists UK Convention 2022 attendee

I loved the fabulous array of speakers – top quality people with really stimulating and worthwhile things to say. Utterly brilliant.

Humanists UK Convention 2019 attendee

It’s like in the old days, when we used to read newspapers – when you turn the page, you’re not sure what you’re going to get. So it can be challenging and thought-provoking, but most of all it is an oasis of greatness in a world that is going absolutely mad.

Humanists UK Convention 2019 attendee

Hard to pick what was the highlight!

Humanists UK Convention 2022 attendee

I enjoyed the high quality speakers who brought so many ideas and such understanding to us. I felt thrilled to belong to an organisation which takes action at the highest levels of politics and does so much work in so many fields. I enjoyed the sense of being with people who shared my values and were of similar mind. Thank you to all who organised it.

Humanists UK Convention 2019 attendee

Our ticket types
Food add-ons
Humanism in Action

£49 when booked alongside Convention, or £75 as a standalone ticket (coming later).


The Exhibitor ticket grants entry to one named person throughout the weekend. Others in your group can help staff your stall, with just a General ticket.

Please contact us before booking an Exhibitor ticket.

We will only accept exhibitors whose work we think may be of interest to some of our attendees, and will not include groups promoting causes we oppose.

Our host city and venue
About our speakers

He is a prominent author and broadcaster. He has written 14 books on popular science and the history of science, between them translated into twenty-six languages. His latest book, The World According to Physics, was shortlisted for the Royal Society Book Prize. He is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries, such as the Bafta nominated Chemistry: a volatile history, and he hosts the long-running weekly BBC Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific.

Jim is a past president of the British Science Association and a recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal and the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal, the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal and the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication. He received an OBE in 2007 and a CBE in 2021 for ‘services to science’.

He is a Vice President of Humanists UK.

Madeleine Goodall is the Humanist Heritage Coordinator for Humanists UK, researching and writing about the history of humanism to celebrate the organisation’s 125th birthday. She has a background in education, museums, and community history, and is also Humanists UK’s Wikimedian in Residence. She currently leads on a two-year National Lottery Heritage Fund project – Humanist Heritage: doers, dreamers, place makers – which focuses on the remarkable freethinkers and activists who changed the world, and the communities they built around them.

Dr Jonathan Illif is a neuroscientist and medical doctor based at University College London with ties to King’s College, and the president and founder of the UCL Society for the Application of Psychedelics.

His research focuses on the use of psychedelic compounds, like LSD and psilocybin – the active ingredient in magic mushrooms – in the treatment of mental health disorders. This will include the treatment of a large number of patients for depression with psilocybin in a clinical trial over the next four years. He has worked with prominent figures in the field, including writing a comprehensive review with Professor David Nutt.

He is President of Humanists UK.

He is a patron of Humanists UK.

StartEndGreat HallMeeting RoomsFoyer
10:3011:00Humanism in Action registration
11:0017:00Humanism in Action
18:3019:30Cash bar welcome drinksRegistration

19:3020:20Comedy – Part 1
20:2020:40Comedy – Part 2
21:3023:00Drinks at the bar
All times tentative and subject to change
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09:0012:00Morning sessionsMorning sessionsRegistration

Shop and exhibitions
13:0017:00Afternoon sessionsAfternoon sessionsShop and exhibitions
19:3020:00Drinks reception
21:3023:00Gala Dinner
All times tentative and subject to change
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10:0012:00Morning sessionsMorning sessionsShop and exhibitions
13:0015:00Afternoon sessionsAfternoon sessionsAGM registration

Shop and exhibitions
(Members only)
17:0018:00Drinks with Board members
(Members only)
All times tentative and subject to change

Look through our 2023 Convention programme for a better taste of what’s to come!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Event policies


Bookings may be cancelled free of charge up to 120 days prior to the Convention start date (by 14 February 2024, inclusive). Bookings cancelled 60-119 days (by 15 April 2024, inclusive) from the start date will incur a 50% charge of the full price of the ticket. Cancellations made within 60 days of the Convention start date (from 16 April 2024, inclusive) will not be refunded, but may, at the discretion of Humanists UK and with no less than 21 days’ notice (by 24 May 2024, inclusive), be transferred to another eligible individual. Any refunds for ticket cancellations will be processed within two months.


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

Photography, video, and audio recording

Humanists UK reserves the right to photograph and record video and audio of all public sections of the Convention and to make public the footage as it sees appropriate. Please be aware that by attending Humanists UK Convention 2024, you consent to your voice, name, and/or likeness being used, without compensation, in any and all media, whether now known or hereafter devised, for eternity, and you release Humanists UK, its successors, assigns, and licensees from any liability whatsoever of any nature. If you would like to ensure that you are not captured in any media, please contact and we will do our best to accommodate you.