Late Debate at London Transport Museum Thursday 28 July 2016

Enjoy an evening of circuit training for the brain at London Transport Museum’s first ever Late Debate, which takes place on the evening of Thursday 28 July. Guests will be able to join a choice of interactive debates and workshops, as well as enjoy a bar, music and the Museum’s new Designology exhibition.

Brain food with a twist - Late Debate at London Transport Museum Thursday 28 July 2016
‘Brain food with a twist’ – The first ever Late Debate at London Transport Museum will take place on Thursday 28 July 2016

The Late Debate

Panelists and speakers include senior representatives from London Transport Museum and Transport for London, as well as a long list of experts from a range of professions and disciplines. The Late Debate will explore social behaviour and mapping, with over 15 speakers and panellists on four keynote debates.

  • Design values: Six industry experts will have just five minutes to present their case on continued public investment in transport design – after which you, the audience, can interrogate the panel.
  • Data – risk or reward?: Some see boundless possibilities while others see risk and exploitation. During this very interactive debate, smart city open data experts will argue about whether the risk is worth the reward. The panel will include Phil Young, Head of TfL Online, who will speaking about the following before the audience join the debate:

    TfL’s services generate constant streams of rich data.  By turning this into free open data TfL has transformed how customers can get travel information – on any platform, any device, in any place.  It has sparked a revolution in convenience for London transport users and a vibrant community with millions of consumers, thousands of developers and hundred of apps. It has made a strong contribution to London as a centre for technology businesses and enabled a wider community to work on addressing the challenges of our city.

  • The big squeeze: London’s population is set to increase from 8.4 million to around 10 million by 2030. In this debate, the audience become dragons in a den of leading industry experts who will pitch their ideas for innovation and solutions to the Big Squeeze.
  • Tube map challenge: Join Professor Max Roberts, internationally renowned professor of psychology and mapping expert, in conversation with Londonist Video Journalist, Geoff Marshall, as they take the audience on a journey through the creative opportunities, flaws and psychology of maps.


As well as debates and talks, there will also be interactive sessions and workshops, giving participants the chance to explore and create as well as enjoy the Museum and network with other guests.

  • Create an alternative tube map: Get hands on and create your own ‘Max Robert’s inspired’ alternative Tube map from everyday objects.
  • Create an animation: Check out the new animation created by Transport for London’s Visual Service animator, Nina Radivoeva then have a go at creating your own.
  • The accessibility trail: Go on a digital accessibility trail around the Museum and find out how Wayfindr and CoderDoJo are helping visually impaired people access London.
  • Redundant space: Eyesore or opportunity? Meet TfL Design and Communities Manager Ann Gavaghan and find out how TfL is repurposing redundant space on the network and share you creative ideas during a fun brainstorming activity.
  • Legible London – Legible Museum: Meet TfL’s Legible London team and discover how they have been helping London Transport Museum to become a Legible Museum. Have a go at mapping and give your feedback.
  • FutureFest – Get an insight into what’s coming up at FutureFest 2016. Hosted by innovation foundation Nesta, this is a weekend festival of radical ideas designed to inspire people to change the future.


  • 18:45 Doors open – buy drinks and take part in ongoing interactive sessions
  • 19:15 Debates start
  • 20:00 Workshops – head to the bar, get involved in interactive sessions, network and explore the museum
  • 20:45 Second round of Debates / Talks start
  • 21:30 Workshops – head to the bar, get involved in interactive sessions, network and explore the museum
  • 22:00 Late Debate closes

Two further Late Debates are planned: Beyond the surface on 13 October 2016, and Designing the Tube on 26 January 2017. Please watch this space for further details nearer the time.

Designology is part of London Transport Museum and Transport for London’s Transported by Design season, supported by Exterion Media. The 18 month programme of events and exhibitions will explore good design on the transport network and its role in the lives of the millions of customers who use it each day. For more information on the season and its events, visit

For advance booking information, call +44 (0)20 7565 7298.

1 Comment

  1. I hope all these experts will finally deliver a solution to one of London transport system’s major problems – bus overcrowding. More and more people are now left behind at bus stops. Tfl should quickly respond to the high passenger demand.

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