Inform organises international conferences and seminars that are open to the public, as well as specialist workshops and other events in association with other bodies.


Inform occasionally organises large international conferences, attended by several hundred scholars and others interested in the topics under discussion. For details see past events


Each year, Inform organises two day-long public seminars on particular topics and issues. These are attended by counsellors, clergy, scholars, researchers, educationalists, social workers, members of religious movements, their families, former members, the media - and anyone else who is interested in gaining and exchanging information. Details about the next public seminar can be found here

The themes of past seminars have included New Religious Movements and Violence, New Religious Movements and Sexuality and New Religious Movements and the Millennium. A full list of past seminars and conferences is available here.

Public Talks

Members of Inform staff and its Governors give lectures and talks related to the work of Inform, that are open to the public.

During 2014, Professor Barker gave keynote lectures for the annual conference of ISORECEA (International Study of Religion in Eastern and Central Europe Association) in Lithuania, the annual CESNUR (Center for Studies on New Religions) in Waco Texas, and at the annual ICSA (International Cultic Studies Association) meeting in Washington, DC.  She presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion's annual conference and gave a series of four 20-minute talks on new religions for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. She also spoke at seminars at Tokyo University, at Ben Gurion University in Israel, at Olomouc University in the Czech among other speaking engagements. 

Also in 2014, Dr. van Eck Duymaer van Twist presented papers at the BASR (British Association for the Study of Religions), at seminars at Goldsmith's University and at King's College London. Dr. Newcombe was interviewed on the BBC World News TV show IMPACT (South Asian Television) to discuss the Church of Almighty God/Eastern Lightening and on a number of local BBC radio stations on the subject of yoga in church halls.

Staff also gave talks at the request of schools and other organisations.

Workshops and Closed Seminars

Inform has organised a variety of specialised workshops and seminars for specific audiences to address particular topics. Details of past events can be found here

If you are interested in Inform organising a speaker or seminar for you, please contact us.