The first illuminate took place on 6 July 2019, when students visited one of London’s newest architectural gems – the Aga Khan Centre – and listened to a world-renowned artist or scientist discuss how they are responding to some of the developing world’s most pressing issues.
Students were then set a question to answer as either a 2,000 word essay or a 5 minute video blog to be submitted by 8 August 2019. Entries were then reviewed by an independent panel of judges and the winner announced at an event on 14 September 2019.
Read about the event here.
How can the arts be used to challenge perceptions about people, places and cultures and offer an alternative narrative to the one presented by the media?
To what extent has social media had a positive impact on journalism?
In 50 years’ time, what do you think all the possible applications of stem cell research will be? Justify your answer.
What are the ethical, legal and social issues around the use of stem cells and to what extent should governments regulate research?
Cressida Pollock will be presenting the prizes to the winners of 2019’s illuminate competition on 14 September at the Ismaili Centre, South Kensington.
Cressida Pollock is the former Chief Executive of English National Opera. She led ENO from 2015 to 2018 after being brought in to rescue a national performing arts institution from closure. A deep generalist who focuses on transforming organisations and systems, she has advised national and multi-national companies, governments and NGOs on strategic challenges and systemic change. She currently advises on philanthropic and commercial investment to shift the current trajectory on climate change and promote long term sustainable development. She holds an undergraduate degree from Cambridge and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also a non-practising Barrister and member of Lincoln’s Inn.