One of the things that sets the Adam Smith Institute apart from other think tanks is the emphasis we place on inspiring and educating the next generation. The Institute organizes regular gatherings for young libertarians, runs educational conferences and seminars, and supports a variety of independent student organisations. See below for an outline of the work we do.
We also regularly send our experts to speak at schools and universities around the country – if you would like us to come and talk to you, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Next Generation is a network for libertarians under the age of 30, which meets regularly in Westminster. The gatherings are welcoming, informal and fun, and a great way to learn more about libertarian ideas and meet like-minded people.
The typical format of a TNG event is a two-hour drinks reception, punctuated by a 10-minute talk by ‘whoever interesting is in town’. The Next Generation also hosts an annual summer party aboard a boat cruising the Thames - an event which has become something of a Westminster institution.
See here for more information on The Next Generation and how to get involved!
The Adam Smith Institute holds a number of conferences for students each year. They are a great way to learn more about free market economics and libertarian ideas, and are completely free of charge to attend.
‘Independent Seminar on the Open Society’ (ISOS) is a one-day conference for sixth-form students which explores the principles and practicalities of a free, open and tolerant society, whilst meshing with A-level and AS syllabuses in politics and economics. We hold a number of ISOS each year, both in Westminster and outside of London.
The Liberty Lectures’ are held in London towards the end of the summer, and feature longer, more in-depth lectures than ISOS.
For more information on any of our conferences, please click here
Freedom Week is a free, in-depth, week-long seminar for undergraduates that takes place during July at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. A joint project with the Institute of Economic Affairs, lectures are given by leading academics from the liberty movement, and exists to provide promising students with the knowledge, confidence and network to go out and make the case for freedom.
For more information on Freedom Week and how to apply, please visit the Freedom Week website.
*Please note that applications for Freedom Week 2014 are now closed*
The Young Writer on Liberty Competition is held annually and is open to those aged 20 and under. Entrants are asked to submit 3, ASI-style blogs on that year’s theme, with the winner receiving a cash prize, work experience at the Adam Smith Institute and their work published on our widely-read blog.
For more information on the competition and how to enter, please click here
*Applications for 2014′s Young Writer on Liberty are now closed*
The Adam Smith Institute offers unpaid internships to university students and recent graduates who would like to work at the ASI. These are an excellent opportunity to learn more about the policy-making process and the wider free-market movement in the UK.
Competition for a placement is fierce and we do not always have the space to take people on, but please visit our Internships page for more information
Setting out to learn more about politics and the liberal tradition can be daunting, so we’ve put together a few of our favourite books and websites to help you get started. Click here to take a look!
As well as running its own student programmes, the Adam Smith Institute supports several other independent groups. We strongly encourage young libertarians to get involved with them too.