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Further nine speakers announced for BHA Convention 2017

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has today announced a second wave of speakers for its 2017 Convention, taking place in Cambridge over 9–11 June. With three months still to go, the 2017 Convention is already set to be the BHA’s largest national event so far. Tickets are available to buy through the BHA website.

Announced as new speakers today were Lord Dubs, Humanist of the Year 2016 and author of the Dubs Amendment, which ensured safe refuge for unaccompanied children fleeing Syria; Professor Richard Wiseman, psychologist and magician; Julia Ebner, policy analyst at the anti-extremism thinktank Quilliam; Dr Julian Huppert, former MP for Cambridge and one of the most outspoken voices for science and Humanism in the last Parliament; Ali Hamedani, BBC journalist and documentary filmmaker; Kate Smurthwaite, comedian and feminist campaigner; Daniel Nabarro, who will speak on ‘Living and dying with early onset Alzheimer’s’; Teddy Prout, the BHA’s Director of Community Services; and Dr Kate Devlin, who researches artificial intelligence, ‘sexbots’, and human sexuality.

The new speakers join an existing line-up of top comedians, scientists, activists, and thinkers, including BHA President and comedian Shappi Khorsandi; BHA Vice President and physicist Jim Al-Khalili; Tommy Sheppard MP, who was recently denounced for his reasonable secularist views by the Catholic Church over the weekend; activist Mark Lynas; oceanographer Helen Czerski; and many more. In total, twenty speakers are now confirmed, with still more to be announced over the coming weeks.

BHA Convention 2017 is the most affordable weekend convention to date, with tickets from £99 for members and only £49 for students. With more tickets already sold then ever before, there are fewer than ten tickets remaining for the Saturday night Gala Dinner, and these are expected to sell out soon.

You can book your tickets now on the BHA Convention webpage.


The British Humanist Association is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. It promotes a secular state and equal treatment in law and policy of everyone, regardless of religion or belief.

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