Events for curious minds

Agile Rabbit puts on events about issues that matter: ideas, culture, global affairs, and the natural and scientific world. They are an opportunity to be in the room with some of the greatest minds in the world—and have a conversation. Agile Rabbit’s key theme is that cutting edge thinking can be at the centre of everyday life. There is an informal atmosphere at events, with discussion between the audience and the people who speak. Whether you agree with them or not, your opinion is heard.

Normally, on the last Thursday of each month there is a talk and discussion at Exeter Phoenix. Often there is a drink after events, where you can come and meet the speaker and us.

There are occasional events elsewhere. One aim is to provide quirky experiences, whilst maximising participation for everyone. There are panel discussions, debates, film screenings, and performances.

Agile Rabbit loves to hear from potential speakers, partners, and sponsors, or if you have an idea that you would like to explore.

Agile Rabbit has welcomed speakers including Noam Chomsky, David Miliband, Sir Roger Penrose, Grace Blakeley, Laura Mersini-Haughton, Lyse Doucet, Ritula Shah, and Natalie Bennett. 

Many organisations have worked with Agile Rabbit, including the United Nations, International Rescue Committee, BBC and the Royal Geographical Society.

The University of Exeter is a partner and often its research is celebrated. 

Behind the rabbit

Agile Rabbit was created by John Puckey and Dr Kate Baker, who are its directors.

Many events are recorded by radio producer Alice Armstrong, released as podcasts (here on the website) and broadcast on Soundart Radio in Totnes and Phonic FM in Exeter.

Origin of our name

The inspiration for our name is Lapin Agile – a cabaret in Montmartre, Paris. At the turn of the twentieth century artists, thinkers, and scientists would gather to discuss ideas and socialise.


We are pleased to be in partnership with the University of Exeter

Agile Rabbit – South West Science and Culture is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with the Registered Charity Number 1192190. Our address is 61 Chineway Gardens, Ottery St. Mary, Devon, EX11 1JH.

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