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Friday 19 June 2020
– Sunday 21 June 2020

Friday night comedy
Logan Hall
20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL

Saturday and Sunday
Kia Oval
London SE11 5SS

Tickets

Convention

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Tickets for Humanists UK Convention 2020 are £159, and we have a special rate of £89 for students.

Ticket-holders are entitled to attend all sessions of Convention 2020 from Friday evening comedy through to Sunday afternoon.

Convention ticket £159 Student ticket £89

Food add-ons

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Attendees may choose to add on teas, coffees, and lunch on both days. We include these as optional add-ons to keep the basic ticket price as low as possible.

A highlight of the weekend is the three-course Gala Dinner on the Saturday weekend, which can now be booked separately from lunch.

Convention 2020 takes place at the Kia Oval. The Kia Oval is only three minutes’ walk from Oval underground station, which is itself only five minutes’ journey from Kings Cross St Pancras underground station.

plus coffees, teas, and lunch +£65
Plus Gala Dinner +£99

Speakers

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Alice Roberts

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Samira Ahmed

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Saiful Islam

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Carol Smillie

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Zoe Lyons

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A C Grayling

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Ariane Sherine

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Jim Al-Khalili

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Natasha Devon

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Ian Dunt

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Callum Brown

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Andrew Copson

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Polly Toynbee

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Raymond Tallis

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Robin Ince

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Julia Ebner

and many more to be announced


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Alice Roberts

Paleontologist

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Samira Ahmed

Journalist and broadcaster

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Saiful Islam

Energy materials chemist
& Humanists UK patron

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Carol Smillie

Broadcaster and humanist celebrant

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Zoe Lyons

Comedian

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A C Grayling

Philosopher

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Ariane Sherine

Author and campaigner

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Jim Al-Khalili

Theoretical physicist

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Natasha Devon

Writer and mental health campaigner

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Ian Dunt

Author and journalist

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Callum Brown

Historian of secularisation in the UK

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Andrew Copson

Chief Executive, Humanists UK

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Polly Toynbee

Journalist

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Raymond Tallis

Philosopher

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Robin Ince

Comedian and broadcaster

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Julia Ebner

Counter-extremism researcher

and many more to be announced

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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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Comedy was brilliant. Speakers were brilliant. Delegates were brilliant.  

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. 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

 

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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.  

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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

 

Programme

The below times are tentative and subject to adjustment

Friday

Start time End time Session
11:00 17:00 Humanist Professionals Conference
Venue TBC
13:00 17:00 LGBT Humanists Conference
Venue TBC
16:00 20:00 Humanists UK Convention Registration

Logan Hall, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

19:00 21:00 Comedy evening
21:00 00:00 Welcome drinks
Saturday (Kia Oval)

Start time End time Session
08:30 Registration
09:00 12:00 Morning sessions
12:00 13:00 Lunch
13:00 17:00 Afternoon sessions
19:00 00:00 Drinks reception and gala dinner

No dress code

Sunday (Kia Oval)

Start time End time Session
09:30 Registration
10:00 12:00 Morning sessions
12:00 13:00 Lunch
13:00 15:00 Afternoon sessions
15:15 16:45 Humanists UK AGM – members only
16:45 17:30 Drinks with trustees

Venue

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For the first time in over a decade, Humanists UK Convention will visit London, our capital city, the centre of humanist thought for over two centuries, birthplace of the British Humanist Association in 1896, and home to almost one million people who identify as humanists.

Our venue for the Friday night comedy evening is Logan Hall, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL, the home of our Darwin Day Lecture until 2018.

Our venue for the rest of the weekend is the Kia Oval, the home of Surrey County Cricket Club since its foundation in 1845.Book your ticket

Humanist Professionals Conference

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Friday 19 June 2020
10:30–17:00

Venue TBC

Having been pioneered in 2017 and now an integral part of the Humanists UK Convention weekend, Humanist Professionals Conference will provide valuable training, CPD, and networking opportunities for all humanist professionals – celebrants, pastoral carers, school speakers, local group leaders, SACRE representatives, humanist student leaders – and those aspiring to become one.

Tickets for Humanist Professionals Conference 2020 will be made available at a later date.

Please note that Humanist Professionals Conference takes place at the same time as LGBT Humanists Conference.

LGBT Humanists Conference

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Friday 19 June 2020
13:00–17:00

Venue TBC

LGBT Humanists Conference returns, following spectacular success with its relaunch in 2019.

Tickets will be made available at a later date.

Please note that LGBT Humanists Conference takes place at the same time as Humanist Professionals Conference.

Accessibility

Kia Oval have produced an Access Guide available here.

All rooms booked by Humanists UK at Kia Oval have a hearing loop installed.

Please contact events@humanism.org.uk to request a reserved disabled parking space.

Should you have any specific requirements, or feedback, Kia Oval are contactable at accessibility@surreycricket.com.

Event policies

Cancellations

Bookings may be cancelled free of charge up to 120 days prior to the Convention start date (by 20 February 2020, inclusive). Bookings cancelled 60-119 days (by 20 April 2019, 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 20 April, inclusive) will not be refunded, but may, at the discretion of Humanists UK and with no less than 21 days’ notice (by 29 May 2019, inclusive), be transferred to another eligible individual. Any refunds for ticket cancellations will be processed within two months.

Early Bird pricing

Early Bird tickets will be available until 31 January 2020, or until the first 100 Convention tickets are sold, whichever comes first. Humanists UK reserves the right to extend, curtail, or otherwise alter, the Early Bird ticket period, or Early Bird ticket allocation, without prior notice. Update: Early Bird tickets are now sold out.

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 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 2020, 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 events@humanism.org.uk and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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