[Shelby Loasby | News Sub Editor]
It’s nearly time! The University of Hertfordshire’s very own TEDx is happening this Saturday (February 7th) from 10am in The Forum. (Link to tickets is at the bottom of this page)
The Pink Polar Bear themed event has recently released the list of speakers and it’s looking like an unmissable day of thought-provoking and insightful talks.
So who are the speakers?
There’s definitely something for everyone to enjoy in this extensive list of speakers and their backgrounds. (You can see the full summary of each person on the TEDx website here.)
- Ingrid Ozols: “Nothing about us, without us: Recovery from Mental Illness and Social Inclusion” – Student speaker from Griffiths University and the Australian Institute of Research in Suicide Prevention. She has been in active in the mental health and suicide prevention workplace for more than sixteen years, and is an ambassador of BlackDog Institute’s Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention
- Ifrah George: “Are you happy?” – Student Speaker studying law at the University of Hertfordshire. She is fascinated by the role of law in organisations and societies and will be focusing her speech on the conception of being happy
- Isobelle Clarke: “Native Speakerism” – Student Speaker in her final year of English Language and Communication with English Language teaching at the University of Hertfordshire. She believes that language is a powerful tool and after volunteering as a Conversational English Ambassador, has realised just how important language is for native and non-native speakers
- Dr. Nasser Abouzakhar: “Cyberspace: pros and cons” – Senior lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, focusing on cyber security and critical infrastructure security. He has appeared on BBC World Service and Newshour and has published various international journals and conferences
- Professor Karen Pine: “Why thinking is overrated” – Professor at the University of Hertfordshire and founder of the Do Something Different approach to behaviour change. She has appeared in numerous T.V shows and specialises in the psychology of human behaviour
- Dr. Philip Porter: “T-shirts on for an Arctic heatwave!” – A glacier scientist, travelling from the frozen wastelands of the High-Arctic to the high peaks of the Himalayas. His scientific work focuses on the effects of global warming, but he also researches marine environments and has appeared on National Geographic
- Justin Marozzi: “Why Terrorism is a laughing matter” – An English journalist, historian, travel writer and communications expert. He has worked for BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, and the Financial Times, and has written best-selling books about the history of the Muslim world
- Dave Woods: “Poker: Luck and Skill – Usual attributes of a good player” – Editorial Director of PokerPlayer magazine and website. He has played in some of the biggest poker tournaments, interviewed the most prestigious players in the world and is considered to be an expert in the field
- Kristina Yee: “Filmaking and feminism: what we see in the mirrors we make” – Director, animator and illustrator from Northern California. She has won a Gold Medal in the Foreign Film Category for her graduation film from Harvard, ‘Miss Todd,’ which is also being adapted into a children’s book this year
- Dr. Paolo Gerbaudo: “How to make digital democracy work” – Lecturer in Digital Culture and Society at King’s College London. He has worked as a journalist for the Italian Left Newspaper il manifesto and is the author of a book discussing the use of social media as a tool of activism in 2011 protests
- Ray Wilkinson: “Brits in Space” – Aerospace Group Leader at the University of Hertfordshire. He is studying for a part-time PhD in hybrid rocket combustion and is interested in science, technology, engineering and maths for young people
- Dr. Andrea Mammone: “Greece and Europe in Recent Years” – Historian of modern Europe at Royal Holloway, University of London. He specialises in post-war and recent European far-right parties. He has published several books and has been interviewed by numerous publications in the media and press
- Peter Buckley: “Healthcare: leadership in turbulent times?” – An expert on medicine, business and leadership. He has passed his MBA at the University of Hertfordshire, and has since set up his own consultancy partnership and has worked all over the world, giving back to societies
Each talk will last between 10-20 minutes and will be loosely linked to the Pink Polar Bear theme that the TEDx committee revealed in TEDx Week last November. They believe that “the theme is abstract, exciting and will pave the way for a variety of exciting speakers and a plethora of topics, that are sure to educate and challenge the way you think.”
So what’s happening?
Registration for the conference opens at 10:00 this Saturday, and the event will start at 11:00 and finish at 18:00. The schedule for the day is in order of the speakers above.
Tickets are limited to 100 places so make sure you get yours now! Student tickets are discounted at £17.50, whilst general admission will cost £20. Not only will tickets grant you admission for the conference, it will also include a meal and refreshments! Click here to buy now! Alternatively, you can go to The Forum box office and purchase your tickets there too.
Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the TEDx committee at firstname.lastname@example.org