David Bailey and Prof Robert Winston to take part in Newham's Ideas Olympiad

29 June 2012 in 2012 Games and legacy and Sport and leisure and Events
Iconic photographer David Bailey and pioneering fertility scientist Professor Robert Winston will open Newham Council’s inaugural Ideas Olympiad next month.
The leading figures in photography and science will be the first in a series of household names who will share ideas and experiences as part of a free lecture series organised by the council.

Later lectures will be given by the Natural History Museum’s research leader in human origins Professor Chris Stringer, a contributing editor of the Daily Mail and vice president of the NUS Danielle Grufferty.

The Ideas Olympiad will open on Friday 13 July at Theatre Royal, Stratford, with David Bailey, taking part in a question and answer session with Tim Marlow, director of exhibitions at The White Cube Gallery. Between 6.30pm and 8pm, Bailey, who grew up in East Ham, will talk about the East End, the images which define it and his exhibition in the Royal Docks.

This will be followed by Bad Ideas presented by Professor Winston on Monday 16 July at Stratford Picturehouse from 6.30pm. This lecture will question whether human creativity always produces desirable results.

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham said: “I am delighted to welcome some of the UK's most brilliant and creative minds to Newham so that they can share their life experiences, work and insight with residents in an exciting exchange of stories, theories and ideas. I hope that audiences will take away with them the inspiration to share these ideas and their own with their friends and relatives.

"The Ideas Olympiad also marks a welcome homecoming for those who have grown up in the area and they will be a powerful inspiration to Newham residents today.

“As the main host borough for the London 2012 Games, we wanted to offer residents something different and inspirational and these free talks will provide access to top thinkers, artists, scientists and politicians; laying the foundations for a dynamic knowledge legacy from the Olympics."

Future lectures will include The Origin of Our Species on Wednesday 18 July given by former East Ham resident and the Natural History Museum’s research leader in human origins, Professor Christopher Stringer. The lecture will try and answer where and how our shared features and differences evolved.

On Thursday 19 July, between 6pm and 8pm, an interactive panel debate, Generation 2012: The Challenges Ahead will be held in partnership with new think tank British Future, at Old Town Hall Stratford. This debate will ask 18-25 year olds in the audience what they think the government needs to put at the top of its priority list. Contributing editor of the Daily Mail and former editor of the Independent Ian Birell and vice president of the NUS Danielle Grufferty will form the panel.

Tickets to all lectures are free but limited. More speakers are to be confirmed.