Festival of Ideas

The Festival of Ideas is an annual event held on campus, bringing together academia and industry for a day of thought-provoking talks and discussion.

Each year, Leeds University Business School academics share their expertise and highlight where they see potential for collaboration – we have experts looking to collaborate with other University of Leeds Faculties, graphic designers, computer scientists, health charities, HR specialists, car manufacturers, policymakers and more.

With plenty of time dedicated to discussion throughout the day, we hope guests take the opportunity to engage with our experts, co-develop research ideas and partner with the Business School on future projects.

Festival of Ideas 2019

On Monday 8 April 2019, we were delighted to deliver this year's Festival in partnership with Nexus, enabling businesses from all sectors to connect with the expertise, talent and facilities at the University of Leeds.

Take a look at the programmephotographs and a summary of the 2019 event.


For academics

  • Grow your networks 
  • Forge cross-disciplinary partnerships
  • Collaborate on Business School research

For external guests

Event delegates listening to presentation
  • Find out about our areas of expertise
  • Become part of the Business School’s research community
  • Help develop and drive the research agenda

Read about last year's inaugural event, Festival of Ideas 2018, on our Research & Innovation Blog.