As the date for the P(our) Symposium in London fast approaches, Imbibe is delighted to exclusively reveal the line-up of speakers that will be tackling this year’s theme of ‘Understanding’.
From topics tackling modern slavery to properly understanding fermentation, this year’s programme is typically wide-ranging:
- Diplomat and neuroscientist Bryony Mathew will be exploring how understanding is necessary in a variety of scenarios.
- Biodiversity expert Isabella Dalla Ragione is discussing the importance of preserving agriculture for the future.
- Brigitte Sossou Perenyi, an activist and documentary producer, will be discussing how you can be in charge of your own story.
- Jeffrey Morgenthaler, author and award-winning bartender of Clyde Common and Pepe Le Moko in Portland, will be exploring how the essence of the job of a bartender has and hasn’t changed.
- Empirical Spirits co-founder Lars Williams will be putting fermentation under the microscope and discussing how to get this tricky technique right.
- Hannah Sharman-Cox and Siobhan Payne of Drink Up London are dissecting the disconnect between what bars think customers want, and what they do actually want.
- Award-winning journalist Lisa Abend is discussing the dangers that celebrity poses to the bar industry, following the rise of the celebrity chef.
- Laura Try participated in the Talisker Atlantic Challenge, rowing across the ocean with three other people that she didn’t know very well. She’ll be looking at building understanding within a team.
- Finally, Narit Gessler of Free the Slaves, an NGO and lobby group, will be shining a light on modern slavery within the drinks industry.
‘We can’t wait to see how our inspiring speakers bring to life this year’s theme of understanding. They’ll be using their varied experience to unearth where it comes from, why it’s important, where more is needed, and how it can be built to enable us to bring more of it to our industry,’ enthused P(our) co-founder Monica Berg.
Taking place at Village Underground in Shoreditch, tickets are being allocated on a first come, first served basis. You can apply here. Those who are unable to make it will still be able to hear all the talks, which will be livestreamed.