This is an Institute of Ideas event called Debating Matters, which is a prestigious school debating competition. I'm a judge on the final "Space Exploration is a Waste of Time and Money"--but the whole day should be good fun.
The space topic relates to two opposing Viewpoints published in Space Policy in 29(4) where we published
"The Essential Role of Human Spaceflight" by Robert J Rovetto
"Response: Against Maned Space Flight Programmes" by Nobel Prize winner Steven Weinberg
(Note--these Viewpoints related to manned spaceflight and the debate is about space exploration more generally.)
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience
King's College London
16 De Crespigny Park
9:30-10 Registration and Coffee
10:20-11:30 Round 1: "Nobody has the right to not be offended"
11:40-12:50 Round 2: "The UK should liberalise its drug policy"
14:00-15:10 Round 3: "We should embrace the advent of three parent IVF"
15:10-15:40 Tea and Coffee
15:40-17:00 Final: "Space exploration is a waste of time and money"