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spiked champions unorthodox, enlightened thinking online and offline. By sponsoring a spiked debate or project, businesses, research councils and grant-awarding bodies have connected with a diverse range of opinion-formers and an international audience to discuss issues of topical importance.

We have a track recording of organising open and challenging debates that bring together academics, corporate representatives, policymakers, journalists, educators, broadcasters, and the interested public.

To discuss sponsorship or collaborative work with spiked, email Brendan O’Neill at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Our sponsored work includes:

Online debates

spiked’s online debates are based on a pioneering format that presents expert opinion for discussion amongst opinion-formers and the public. Discussions are widely promoted to ensure a high response rate from key figures in the field, and moderated for length and clarity. When an online debate is closed, it remains accessible on spiked as a read-only archive, providing an invaluable resource and continuing publicity for the sponsor. Sponsors of spiked online debates include O2, the Wellcome Trust, the Natural Environment Research Council, and Arts Council England.

The Mobile society series, sponsored by the leading mobile services provider O2, ran between summer 2005 and spring 2006. We put on three online debates and related London seminars around the following issues:

The online debates provided readers with a number of position papers from experts in the field. Each debate ran over a six-week period, eliciting a number of diverse and intelligent responses from around the world. Towards the end of each debate, we held a London seminar, at which over 50 opinion-formers and members of the public debated the issues, and the new questions thrown up by our online debate. As each of the three debates closed, we published a short summary on spiked, which we circulated to the media, policymakers and other interest groups.

Some of our previous online debate series include:

Opinion-former surveys

We run high-profile opinion-former surveys,  where the views of dozens of eminent figures about a topic in their field are published for discussion on spiked. Sponsors of spiked opinion-former surveys include the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, Pfizer and Orange.

If you could teach the world just one thing, was a survey conducted by spiked in 2005, with funding from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, to celebrate ‘Einstein Year’.

spiked surveyed over 250 renowned scientists, science communicators and educators - including several Nobel laureates - asking what they would teach the world about science and why, if they could pick just one thing. The survey was published as an interactive microsite on spiked, together with four short films and readers’ comments.

We launched the project at the prestigious Royal Institution of Great Britain, with an audience of 400 people. The resulting media coverage included several pages in the Guardian newspaper, and continuing references across the UK media.


We have put on a number of successful conferences, where a day of discussion and debate is devoted to the exploration of a key theme of our time. Sponsors of our conferences include Cadbury Schweppes, TechCentralStation, the Royal Institution of Great Britain and Luther Pendragon.

spiked’s 2005 conference Whose Choice is it Anyway? Questioning the New Conformism, sponsored by Cadbury Schweppes, INFORM, the Mobile Operators Association and Hill and Knowlton, debated the thorny topic of choice in relation to issues ranging from politics and euthanasia to food and alcohol. Passionate speakers on all sides of these debates discussed the issue with a diverse audience ranging from health professionals and policymakers to campaigners and school students.

Our 2003 conference Panic Attack: Interrogating Our Obsession with Risk, sponsored by the US publication TechCentralStation along with Hill and Knowlton, International Policy Network, Luther Pendragon,  the Mobile Operators Association, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, and the Social Issues Research Centre, interrogated our society’s obsession with risk. Held at the the Royal Institution of Great Britain with an audience of 400, this was an international event that brought together debates about risk in relation to science and health with other aspects of our risk-averse culture.


We organise frequent seminars in central London, at which a panel of experts discusses a topical, and often controversial, issue with opinion-formers and the public. These events typically involve audiences of 60-100 people, generating lively and intelligent discussion and further media coverage. spiked-seminars can stand alone or accompany online debates. Sponsors and partners of standalone seminar series include Clarke Mulder Purdie, Hill and Knowlton and IBM.

We frequently run spiked-seminars in conjunction with our online debates, to add a valuable face-to-face dimension. However, we have also organised seminar series that stand alone, most recently, with the communications firm Clarke Mulder Purdie. Our London seminars tend to take place on a weekday evening involving an engaging panel of speakers and an invited audience of key individuals in the field, together with the general public, providing an ideal opportunity for networking and testing out new ideas.

Young Journalists’ Academy

spiked initiated the Young Journalists’ Academy Summer School as a pilot programme in 2006. Since 2007, it is run by the not-for-profit company Journalism Education Ltd. Over the years, a range of organisations have come on board to help us offer a unique route into the media for London state-school teenagers.

During the intense, week-long summer school, students learn all the tricks of the trade, experiencing everything from the celebrity splash to the hard-hitting news piece and live community affairs reporting. There are sessions on how to write concise news reports, hard-hitting comment pieces and insightful cultural reviews. Students get a broad overview of the media industry and the different forms of journalism within it. They also get the chance to visit the headquarters of high-profile media organisations, such as The Times, the BBC and Reuters.

To find out more, visit the YJA website.

spiked partners and sponsors

Current and former spiked partners and sponsors include: Arts Council England, Bloomberg; the British Association for the Advancement of Science; the British Council; BT; Cadbury Schweppes; Cambridge University Press; the Cheltenham Science Festival; Colubris Networks; the City of London; Clarke Mulder Purdie; Continuum International Publishing Group; the Dana Centre; the European Commission research project RightsWatch; EuroScience; Hill and Knowlton; IBM; INFORM; the Institute for the International Education of Students; the Institute of Psychiatry; International Policy Network; Luther Pendragon; the Medical Research Council; the Mobile Operators Association; the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts; Natural Environment Research Council; Orange; O2; Pfizer; the Royal Institution of Great Britain; the Social Issues Research Centre; the Society of Chemical Industry; TechCentralStation; University of East London; the Wellcome Trust; and others.

To discuss sponsorship or collaborative work with spiked, email Brendan O’Neill at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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