Join us in London, UK over the summer weekend  of 4–6 August for Humanism 2017, encompassing a day conference on populism, extremism, and nationalism; the general assemblies of IHEU and IHEYO; a day conference providing training to those who are or would like to be humanist professionals; and opportunities for those across IHEU regions to meet and plan together.

Read below for full details of the weekend.

Book now. Please note that payment will not be taken now, and invoices will be issued at a later date. Your place is not confirmed until the invoice has been paid.

Our programme

Friday 4 August
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09:30 11:30 IHEU Regional meetings Lift Youth Hub Free
09:30 17:00 IHEYO General Assembly Lift Youth Hub Free
09:30 17:00 Humanist Professionals Day Lift Youth Hub £20
Saturday 5 August
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09:30 17:00 Humanism2017 Day Conference The Royal Society £29
19:00 23:00 Humanism2017 Dinner The Kingsway Hall Hotel £60
Sunday 6 August
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10:00 16:30 IHEU General Assembly The Kingsway Hall Hotel Free


Please find further details of events below. More information will be added in the coming weeks.


Humanism2017 International conference


Petra Bárd

Since January 2010, Dr Petra Bárd January 2010 has been Head of the Criminal Law Division of the National Institute of Criminology, Hungary. As a lecturer at the Central European University’s (CEU) Legal Studies Department she teaches EU constitutional law, EU criminal law, and selected issues in criminology and forensic sciences. In her writings she primarily addresses European constitutionalism, human rights in the European Union, the rights of persons living with disabilities, and judicial and police cooperation in criminal matters. She has been the Vice-Chairperson of the Hungarian Europe Society since 2003.

Karima Bennoune

Karima Bennoune is a professor of international law at the University of California–Davis School of Law. She grew up in Algeria and the United States and now lives in northern California.

Angelos Chryssogelos

Angelos Chryssogelos teaches European politics at the Department of European and International Studies of King’s College London. He studied in Greece and the Netherlands before obtaining his doctoral degree in political sciences from the European University Institute in Florence. He has taught at universities in Belgium and Ireland, and has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Hellenic Observatory of the LSE. He has also worked in think tanks and policy institutes, and is today an associate fellow of the Martens Centre in Brussels and Chatham House in London. His research interests are in European politics broadly defined, including EU politics and questions of democracy and populism in Europe. He has published in numerous prestigious political science journals and is the co-editor of the forthcoming special issue of the International Political Science Review Populism in World Politics. A research report on the EU’s crisis of governance and its impact on European foreign policy he wrote for Chatham House was named one of the 50 best reports produced by a think tank in 2016. He has commented on European affairs for, among others, BBC World News, Bloomberg, CNBC, Financial Times, and Voice of America.

Brian Klaas

Dr. Brian Klaas focuses on global democracy, democratic transitions, political violence and volatility (particularly coups and civil wars), and rigged elections — and the economic risks of all these challenges. He is also a former US campaign adviser and frequent political analyst of US domestic and foreign policy in mainstream media outlets.

Klaas is the author of “The Despot’s Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy,” (Hurst & Co./Oxford University Press). He is also the co-author of the forthcoming book “How to Rig an Election” (Yale University Press, 2018) written with Professor Nic Cheeseman.

Tanya Lokshina

Tanya Lokshina is the Russia program director and a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch and is based in Moscow. Having joined Human Rights Watch in January 2008, Lokshina authored several reports on egregious abuses in Russia’s turbulent North Caucasus region and co-authored a report on violations of international humanitarian law during the 2008 armed conflict in Georgia. Her recent publications include a range of materials on Russia’s vicious crackdown on critics of the government and on violations of international humanitarian law during the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Yascha Mounk

Yascha Mounk is a Lecturer on Political Theory at Harvard University’s Government Department, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund, and a Nonresident Fellow at New America’s Political Reform Program.

Yascha’s primary research interests lie in political theory and comparative politics. His first academic book, The Age of Responsibility: Luck, Choice and the Welfare State, was published by Harvard University Press in Spring 2017. It is based on his dissertation, which he completed in spring 2015 at Harvard University’s Government Department.

Yascha is now working on the crisis of liberal democracy. His papers on the rise of populism and the growing openness of citizens of democratic countries to authoritarian alternatives have been published by the Journal of Democracy and Foreign Affairs, among others. In his second academic book, which is under contract with Harvard University Press, he argues that liberalism and democracy are coming apart, creating forms of both ‘illiberal democracy’ and ‘undemocratic liberalism’.

Emilia Palonen

Emilia is Chair of Society for Cultural Policy Research in Finland, Board Member of the Finnish Political Science Association, editor of the Finnish Political Science Association’s book series, and Senior Lecturer in Political Science. Her research interests revolve around politics and cultural studies, with particular specialties identities and identification, populism, urban politics and memory, cultural politics and policy, and Europe.

Ahmed Shaheed

Dr Ahmed Shaheed is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, and also  Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran.

Dr Shaheed is an internationally recognised expert on foreign policy, international diplomacy, democratisation and human rights reform especially in Muslim States. He has twice held the Office of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Maldives, a position he used to promote human rights standards and norms. During his time in government, he played a leading role in the Maldives democratic transition and in its human rights reform process over a period of transition from a thirty-year-old autocracy with widespread human rights abuses, to a Muslim democracy which, in 2010, became a Member of the United Nations Human Rights Council with a record number of votes. In April 2009, the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy in Washington presented him with the “Muslim Democrat of the Year Award,” and in 2010, the President of Albania awarded him the “Medal of Gratitude” for his contribution to peace and human rights in the Balkans.

The UN Human Rights Council appointed Dr Shaheed to the office of Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran in June 2011, and he began his mandate on 1 August. Dr Shaheed is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Interfaith Dialogue established by the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and Responsibility to Protect.

He is the founding Chair of the Geneva-based human rights think-tank, Universal Rights Group.

Guney Yildiz

Guney Yildiz has been a reporter and producer at BBC News for the past four years. He secured one of the BBC’s biggest scoops of 2014 – an interview with US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, often blamed by the Turkish state for alleged attempted coup in summer 2016 – and broke news of the fall of the UNESCO-recognized city of Palmyra to Islamic State. Since January 2017, he has been a Special Adviser to the UK Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Select Committee, where he advises on Turkey and its foreign policy, the human rights situation in the country, and the future of NATO cooperation with Turkey.

IHEYO General Assembly

Free to attend

IHEYO, the International Humanist and Ethical Youth Organization, is the youth section of IHEU. The General Assembly is the governing body of IHEYO and open to representatives of its Member Organizations, but non-members are also welcome. This year’s General Assembly will also feature a number of talks and interactive sessions.

Time  Penton Room  Chapel Room
10:00 Welcome
Lauren Nicholas and Marieke Prien
10:15 My journey from Christianity to Humanism
Peter Tatchell
10:55 Communications strategies
Daniel Wardle
Apostasy in the 21st century and its impact on young people
Imtiaz Shams
11:40 Panel discussion: the importance of the vote
Bite the Ballot
12:30 Lunch and networking
13:15 Critical thinking related to media
Michael Marshall
14:00 IHEYO General Assembly
15:50 Close and thanks

Humanist Professionals Day


The Humanist Professionals Day will provide valuable training, Continuing Professional Development, and networking opportunities for all humanist professionals – celebrants, pastoral carers, school speakers – and those aspiring to become one.

Please note that there are only a limited number of tickets available for the Humanist Professionals Day, and that they will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Time Blue Hall Angel Room St Pancras Room
10:30 Welcome
Andrew Copson
11:00 What does it mean to be a humanist practitioner?
Richard Norman
11:45 Diversity in chaplaincy?
Mark Burleigh
Use of religious reference in our work
Speaker TBC
Good practice in the Netherlands
Andrea Bonsvled
12:45 Humanist professionals: the international perspective
Gary McLelland
13:30 Lunch
14:30 Use of questioning in practice
Steve Hoggins
Apostasy in the 21st century: impact on practitioners
Imtiaz Shams
Developing a voice you can rely on
Isabel Russo
15:15 Humanist pastoral care in Dutch military
Erwin Kamp
Using educational resources from ‘Understanding Humanism’
Luke Donnellan
Using dialogue in practice
Jeremy Rodell
16:00 Critical thinking in the 21st century
Michael Marshall
16:50 Close and thanks


IHEU General Assembly

Free to attend

The General Assembly is the governance and policy making body of IHEU. It is made up of representatives of Member Organizations and Sections, and the IHEU Board members. The Board calls a General Assembly at least once in each calendar year. The IHEU General Assembly is open to representatives of IHEU Member Organizations and Individual Supporters, observers may also attend but should contact IHEU before registering.

Our venues

The Royal Society

The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

  •  Humanism 2017 day conference

Kingsway Hall Hotel

The Kingsway Hall Hotel, 66 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5BX

  • Humanism 2017 dinner
  • IHEU GA 2017

Lift Youth Hub

Lift Youth Hub, 45 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PW

  • IHEYO GA 2017
  • Humanist Professionals Day


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