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The ASI presents Forum 2018

  • The Comedy Store 1a Oxendon St London, SW1Y 4EE United Kingdom (map)

The Adam Smith Institute presents 'Forum 2018'

To purchase a ticket, please visit our Eventbrite page here.

At the Adam Smith Institute, we advocate for ideas that will make the world a freer, better, richer place. We aim to be radical and reasonable – pushing for bold reforms but backing it up with cold, hard evidence.

In that spirit, we're hosting our third Forum. Last year’s event attracted around 300 attendees, and this year we’re aiming to make Forum even bigger. We're bringing together leading academics for a day of talks on the underappreciated, underrecognised ideas they believe help explain and improve the world around us.

To give you a taste – we've got Professor David Nutt, Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London and former government chief drugs adviser, challenging our failed approach to drug policy, Mosa Meat's Jonathan Breemhaar giving us the low-down on lab grown meat, the LSE's Professor Paul Cheshire exploring solutions to the housing crisis, and Effective Giving's Founder Natalie Cargill explaining the importance of effective altruism.

We're keeping the talks short (most won't go on for longer than 15 minutes) so we can squeeze as many great ideas as possible into the day. We'll have our Forum bookstore which will be selling the speakers' latest publications!

We'll also be heading for drinks afterwards to give you a chance to have a chat with some of our speakers and fellow attendees. The location for post-Forum drinks will be announced closer to the event.


Professor Bobby Duffy (Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Policy Institute, King's College London) on ‘The Perils of Perception

Professor Paul Cheshire (Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography, London School of Economics) on ‘Housing Crisis? Tennis Still Aces Golf

Helen Pluckrose (Editor of Areo digital magazine) on ‘The Epistemology of Grievance Studies’

Michael Story (Managing Director of Good Judgement Inc.) on ‘How To See The Future, Better’

Professor David Nutt (Edmond J. Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology, Imperial College London) on ‘Time to make peace with drugs

Dr. Roger Henderson (GP and columnist for the Spectator) on 'E-cigarettes; kill or cure?'

Natalie Cargill (Founder & Executive Director of Effective Giving UK) on 'Why are we ignoring the worst moral problems of our time?'

Jonathan Breemhaar (Mechanical Engineer, Mosa Meat) on 'The Future of Meat'

Daniel Pryor (Head of Programmes, Adam Smith Institute) on 'How should we regulate sex work?'

Professor Jonathan Portes (Professor of Economics and Public Policy, King's College London) on ‘The Economics of Immigration’

Dr Anton Howes (Historian in Residence at the Royal Society of Arts) on 'How to be a Great Reformer: Lessons from the Victorians'

Andrew Lilico (Executive Director and Principal of Europe Economics) on ‘The Case for CANZUK’

Matt Kilcoyne (Head of Communications, Adam Smith Institute) on ‘Hopes and Fears’


The Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon St, London SW1Y 4EE

The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines)


9.00am to 5pm, Saturday December 8th 2018


Registration for Forum will begin at 8.45am at the entrance of The Comedy Store (downstairs once you've entered the building). We are aiming to have everyone seated at 9.10am for our first talk of the day.

To speed things up, it'd be great if everyone could bring either a print-out of their ticket or have it ready and open on their phone. Once, we've seen that we'll hand over a beautiful Adam Smith Institute lanyard and a programme.

Tea, Coffee and Lunch

There will be two tea and coffee breaks served in The Comedy Store itself. We will also have a longer lunch break. The area surrounding The Comedy Store is full of amazing places to eat and attendees are expected to make their own lunch arrangements.


At the end of each session we'll be running a Q & A session with the speakers on stage at a time. In order to get as many questions in as possible and to avoid the usual long-winded speeches disguised as questions, we're going to run the Q & A through Twitter. Simply tweet your question along with the #ASIForum.

There is public WiFi access at The Comedy Store, the password will be given out on the day.


Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any refunds.


8:45-9:10: Arrival and registration
09:20-11:00: Session One + Q & A
11:00-11:20 : Break for tea and coffee
11:20-12:20: Session Two + Q & A
12:20-13:20: Lunch break (not provided)
13:20-15:00: Session Three + Q & A
15:00-15:20: Break for tea and coffee
15:20-16:40: Session Four + Q & A
16:40-17:00: Closing remarks


We want to reach as many students and young people as possible, so we're offering discounted tickets for under-30s. Of course, if you're over 30, we'd still love for you to come along provided you pay a little extra and help subsidise some of our younger attendees.

If you do take advantage of a discounted rate you may be asked to prove your identity at the door so please do bring along ID on the day!

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