Salon London have today announced the 8 speakers shortlisted for the Transmission Prize 2014.
Salon London’s Transmission Prize recognises the value of ideas and the work that speakers do to get them to an audience.
This years judging panel includes The Literary Platform COO Joanna Ellis, as well as Salon founders Helen Bagnall, Juliet Russell and Diccon Towns, with author and artist Ella Berthoud, Theoretical Physicist Prof. David Tong, and QI writer and author Stevyn Colgan.
Olivia Laing for her exploration of what drives writers to drink in her psycho- geographic journey across the USA.
Professor David Nutt for giving us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the absolute truth about drugs.
Barbara Sahakian who explored the ethical and moral questions surrounding neuro-cognitive enhancers, or smart drugs.
John McHugo who, based on decades of experience, has created an understandable, and concise history of the Arab world.
Perfumer and writer Sarah McCartney showed us how we can move both in time and our own experience through smell.
Biologist Aarathi Prasad showed us how biology is redefining the rules of sex, and predicted the end of men.
Lloyd Bradley for piecing together 100 years of black music in the capital and giving us his sounds of London.
Epigeneticist Tim Spector who showed us how we can change our genes, both those we inherit and those we pass on.