On the morning of Saturday 14 September, the University hosted three open forum discussions to debate pressing contemporary issues and concerns for the future. Contributors came from a range of disciplines, representing both the Arts and Sciences, and the University drew on internal strengths and external expertise to address each topic.

The Mastermind Sessions ran concurrently. Each session was chaired by a distinguished member of the St Andrews community, and featured panellists from across a range of disciplines. We had four panellists at each Mastermind, who were each given an opportunity to speak as well as field questions from within the panel and the audience.

Each session ran for approximately two hours.

The speakers were as follows:

1. The Life of Nations in the 21st Century

  • Chair: The Right Honourable Sir Menzies Campbell CH CBE QC MP, Chancellor of the University of St Andrews
  • Dame Anne Pringle DCMG, British diplomat and former ambassador to the Russian Federation
  • Professor Richard English FBA MRIA FRHistS, Wardlaw Professor of Politics and Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence
  • The Right Honourable the Lord Robertson of Port Ellen KT GCMG HonFRSE PC, 10th Secretary General of NATO from 1999-2004
  • Professor Anatoly Torkunov, rector of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)

2. The World our Grandchildren will Inherit: Global Health, Sustainability and Next Generation Technology

  • Chair: Professor Candace Currie OBE from the School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews
  • Professor Sissela Bok, Senior Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Centre for Population and Development Studies at Harvard University
  • Professor Stephen Gillespie, Sir James Black Chair of Medicine and Director of Research at the University of St Andrews
  • The Rt Hon The Lord Patel KT MBChB (St Andrews) FMedSci FRSE FRCOG, Chancellor of the University of Dundee, member of the House of Lords and a key contributor to the field of high risk obstetrics
  • Professor Aaron Quigley, the Chair for Human Computer Interaction at the University of St Andrews’ School of Computer Science

3. The Next Enlightenment: The Arts or Science?

  • Chair: Professor Chris Hawkesworth FRS FRSE Vice Principal for Research at the University of St Andrews
  • Professor Dame Gillian Beer, the King Edward VII Professor of English Literature and President of Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge
  • Professor Robert Crawford of the School of English at the University of St Andrews
  • Professor Sir Timothy Gowers, the Royal Society 2010 Anniversary Research Professor and Rouse Ball Professor in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge
  • Dr Chris Hooley, Senior Lecturer of the School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of St Andrews