International Humanist Conference 2022

Humanist Society Scotland is delighted to invite you to the International Humanist Conference 2022 in Glasgow. This will be the first time we have hosted an international humanist event since we were established in 1989, and we will be rolling out the tartan carpet.

SATURDAY 4TH JUNE 2022: 10am to 4pm

Sir Charles Wilson Building, University of Glasgow

In the wake of the seismic changes brought about across the world by the pandemic, the worrying rise in anti-science rhetoric, the rise of fake news and tweeting politicians, and the climate emergency that remains largely unaddressed, this conference will ask:

“Is it time for a new enlightenment, and what role should humanism play?”

The Scottish Enlightenment brought progress in many areas of life including philosophy, literature, economics, science, medicine, architecture, art, and music, and enriched and improved the lives of many. We want to explore how a new humanist Enlightenment could address the growing inequalities we face, the irreversible harm we are causing to the planet in the name of progress, disrupt the patterns of power that foster inequality, and challenge the growing body of anti-science and anti-truth rhetoric that threatens democracy.

Speakers include:
- Prof Dame Anne Glover: former Chief Scientific Adviser to the European Commission and Scottish Government
- Baroness Sue Black: forensic anthropologist whose vital evidence was cited as crucial to brining war ciminals to justice in the aftermath of the Kosovo conflict
- Rosa Silah: Kurdish-born human rights activist who now lives in Glasgow. In 2005, when 15, she founded the Glasgow Girls with fellow students at Drumchapel High School. The group campaigned to end dawn raids and the detention of children, they successfully prevented a Roma classmate being deported to Kosovo. Their story was created into a successful musical and film.
- David Greig: Scotland's most translated and prolific playwright. David’s work often have humanist themes and the importance that culture can give to meaning.
- Peter Tatchell: Peter is a longtime LGBT rights campaigner. In the 1990s he cofounded the OutRage! Campaign group which carried out high profile direct action against homophobic organisations including famously interrupting a sermon by Lord Carey in Canterbury Cathedral over the CofE opposition to same-sex marriage and adoption.
- More to be announced.

Tickets: £15 Humanist Society Scotland Member
£15 Humanist International Organisation Member
£30 Non-Member


June 4th, 2022 12:00 AM through 12:00 AM


Charles Wilson Building
3 Kelvin Way
Glasgow, G12-8NN
United Kingdom

Event Fee(s)

Humanist Society Scotland Member £ 15.00
Humanists International Member £ 15.00
Non-Member £ 30.00