Set in a small town in the Welsh Borders, The Hay Festival brings together speakers and audiences from around the world to debate and share ideas on subjects from literature to politics; music to comedy; environment to history; science to philosophy and more besides.

Five events at the festival have been programmed in association with the Royal Society:

  • Learning and the brain, a panel discussion with Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Dr Paul Howard-Jones, Professor Barbara Sahakian FMedSci, Professor Trevor Robbins CBE FMedSci FRS on Saturday 25 May 2013
  • From ancient Hay to gardens today, an illustrated talk by Professor Dianne Edwards CBE FRS on Wednesday 29 May 2013
  • Nature’s glass: half-empty or half-full?, a public lecture by Professor Andrew Balmford FRS on Thursday 30 May 2013
  • The next big thing? a panel discussion with four Royal Society funded researchers – Professor Nicole Grobert, Professor Jenny Nelson, Dr Zita Martins, Dr Alison Rust – and Sir John Sulston FRS on Thursday 30 May 2013
  • People and the planet, a public lecture by Sir John Sulston FRS on Thursday 30 May 2013
Hay Festival grounds Credit Finn Beales and Hay Festivals

Other Fellows at Hay Festival this year include:

The Royal Society has partnered with the Hay Festival since 2010. Audio recordings of past events are available on the Hay Festival website.



  • Scott Keir

    An audio recording of each event is now available on the Hay Festival website – follow the links above to listen to the audio.