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Speaker spotlights

Throughout the Festival period, we turn the spotlight onto one of the speakers each day in a series of Q&As aimed at discovering more about the speaker and their particular area of research or speciality. Informative and insightful, these spotlights offer readers the chance to understand a little more about an area of research prior to the speaker’s event.

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: David Runciman, Professor of Politics

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Hugh Warwick, ecologist and writer

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Helen McCarthy, Lecturer in Modern British History

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: David Reynolds, Professor of International History

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Erica Wickerson, Research Fellow

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Dave Neale, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL)

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Viren Swami, Professor of Social Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University

SPEAKERS SPOTLIGHT: Ryan Haecker, PhD student, Faculty of Divinityge and Dr Beth Singler, Research Associate, Faraday Institute for Science and Religion

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Nick Hopwood, Professor of History of Science and Medicine, Department of History and Philosophy of Science

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Marcus Tomalin, Senior Research Associate, the Machine Intelligence Laboratory, and Project Director at CRASSH

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Tom Almeroth-Williams, Research Associate, University of York and author

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Lola Perrin, composer, pianist, activist, founder of ClimateKeys

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Michell Chresfield, Lecturer, University of Birmingham

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Charles Saumarez-Smith, former Director of the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Simon Baron-Cohen, Director of the Autism Research Centre

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Leor Zmigrod, Gates Cambridge Scholar and Research Fellow at Churchill College, Department of Psychology

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Manisha Patel, urban designer and senior partner in PRP Architects, and Mayor of London Design Advocate

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Katharine Tyler, University of Exeter and Cathrine Degnen, Newcastle University 

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Professor David Spiegelhalter and Dr Sander van der Linden

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Gabriella Daris, art historian, curator and former critic

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Chris Stokel-Walker, journalist and author

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Elif Cetin, Assistant Professor at Yaşar University in Turkey

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Mick Finlay, psychology lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University, and author

SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Tanya Horeck, Reader in Film, Media and Culture, Anglia Ruskin University