CERN, the centre for global particle physics, will be hosting a second TEDx conference on 24 September 2014 on the theme “Forward: Charting the future with science” and some 15 speakers will present their innovative projects, which apply science to respond to problems facing the world today.
The symposium will be grouped into three themed sessions – “adapt”, “change” and “create” – according to the stance that they take on confronting global challenges such as the efficient management of natural resources or extending access to healthcare to non-urban areas. Each session will include a performance that combines art and science from artists such as musician Nitin Sawhney and dancer Andrew Nemr. Particle physicist and BBC presenter Brian Cox will host the conference.
“Science is both the exploration of worlds beyond the imagination and a part of everyday life – a vital ingredient in confronting the challenges we face today and in the future,” said Cox. “TEDxCERN will showcase ideas at the frontiers of science from remarkable people.”
This year, a number of remarkable people, all experts in their respective fields – leading geneticist and molecular biologist Nina Fedoroff, entrepreneur and scientist Danielle Fong, nanomaterials researcher Julia Greer, mathematician and philosopher John Mighton and biotechnologist Hayat Sindi, to name just a few – will take the floor. Young talents will be brought to the fore – those for whom the central theme of TEDxCERN 2014, the world of tomorrow, is particularly relevant.
Places have been set aside for members of the general public wishing to attend the event at CERN. Those interested in attending can apply for tickets through the TEDxCERN website. Places are limited and will be allocated on a random basis. TEDxCERN can also be followed online (link is external).
TEDx is a series of independently organised conferences that offer individuals a shared TED-like experience. TEDx conferences feature a mixture of TED Talk videos and live speakers followed by passionate discussions among a small group. These events are branded as TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event. Each TEDx conference is organised independently.
So far, TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.