York Festival of Ideas 2015

Surveillance, Security and Snowden

Saturday 20 June

NATO's Deputy Chief of Staff, America's first Webmaster and the Pulitzer Prize-winning defence editor of The Guardian explore the nature and effectiveness of state surveillance and the future of cyber security.

Perfect Parents and Perfect Husbands

Friday 19 June

Guardian columnists Zoe Williams and Tim Dowling lead a lively and entertaining debate on profuse parenting advice and being a perfect partner.

Curating Savage Beauty: Alexander McQueen

Sunday 14 June

Claire Wilcox, Senior Curator at the V&A celebrates the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times, Alexander McQueen.

The York Festival of Ideas runs from 9 to 21 June 2015 with a theme of Secrets and Discoveries.

With over 150 events to choose from, you're bound to find something to inspire you!

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Making waves: The science behind a Scottish fishing revolution

Our studies could shape the future of fishing on the beleaguered Firth of Clyde.

Mapping poaching threats

Ecologists develop a new method to identify poachers' hunting grounds.

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St Mary's sings out

Listen to the sounds of a Benedictine abbey.

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A sporting tradition

With £9m of new facilities and over 60 sports clubs, we cater for sport at all levels.

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Lectures: not just for students

Every term we organise talks on a wide variety of topics, all open to the public and free to attend.

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Bike for bursaries

Ride through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and support access to higher education.

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The city of York

Our beautiful, vibrant city is regularly cited as one of the best cities to live in the UK.

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