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BX is coming back to London for 2019


July 19, 2018 Owain Service and Rory Gallagher

Football’s not coming home (yet), but we’re delighted to confirm that the annual Behavioural Exchange (BX) conference will be held in London next year.

Technically BX isn’t coming home either. The inaugural 2014 conference was held in Sydney, where it returned last month for BX2018. But it was London where BIT was established in 2010 – the world’s first government institution dedicated to the application of behavioural sciences to improve public policy. In just 8 years BI has gone global, with over 200 teams working in countries around the world and BIT offices in Sydney, Manchester, New York, Wellington and Singapore. We’re delighted to invite global BI practitioners and colleagues to the UK next year.

Since 2014 the BX conference has gone from strength to strength. It regularly sells out and attracts leading academics, policy wonks, and public sector managers to discuss new results and share practical lessons.

There are many academic behavioural science conferences around the world, and lots of events focused on public policy, but none that bring the two together. This was the specific niche BX aimed to fill. As Prof John List remarked, ‘the magic potion is the interaction between policy makers and academics’.

So, after successful stints in Sydney, London, Boston, Singapore, our London office is delighted to be hosting for a second time next year.

Tara Oliver, Managing Director of BETA – hosts of BX18 – passes the BX baton to David Halpern, Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team

BX2018 was a huge success, and we want your ideas to make next year even bigger. If you have any thoughts on themes, formats, speakers or sessions, please send them on.

We and our fellow BX founding partners, NSW Government and Singapore Civil Service College, are also looking for a host for 2020. If you work in policy and behavioural insights and would like to host BX20, there is a short EOI process that will be open until the end of August. BX is a global conference and for 2020 we’re particularly keen to hear from organisations in the Americas.


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