Philosophy Conference CANCELLED for 2021-message from Academy Conferences:
With a heavy heart we are writing to confirm that we will not be holding any face-to-face conferences this year. Initially, back in December, when the distribution of vaccines was first announced, we were optimistic that 2021 might see a return to live conferences. However, it is now clear that this is most unlikely. In talking to schools and colleges we completely understand the caution expressed and know that we will all need to be fully reassured by our health experts before large group gatherings can take place again without the limiting measures we have had to endure.
Academy Conferences has developed two on-line courses that follow the conference format. They can be accessed here:

Every August, the Ministry of Inspiration hosts Academy Conferences on tour from the UK for an amazing day of philosophy, ethics, and debate for students in Years 7-10.

The aim of this day is to help students to :

  • Improve their thinking skills

  • Begin to be able to identify what is fundamental from what is trivial

  • Become intellectually creative

  • Identify assumptions and distinguish between good and poor arguments

  • Think systematically and rigorously about relevant modern-day issues

CANCELLED for 2021


Julie Arliss


Recently awarded a Farmington Fellowship by Harris Manchester College, Oxford, Julie Arliss is a highly accomplished teacher and author. Julie Arliss is a well-known international educator of gifted students with a gift for making the complex simple, and the simple complex. She is committed to the provision of world-class extension activities for these students, to extend their reach well beyond the curriculum to new areas of knowledge. She is on the examining team for Cambridge International Examinations and founder of Academy Conferences.