In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDxHull brings people together to share a TED-like experience. TEDTalks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. TEDxHull will be spreading ideas about changing your DNA, growing up online, mathematical music, extraterrestrial life forms, life after war… plus much more. Inspiring us all to look at our world from a multitude of perspectives.
DR ISABEL PIRES – BIOMEDICAL SCIENTIST
Dr Isabel Pires is a cancer research scientist and a lecturer in biomedical science at the University of Hull. Isabel is particularly interested in the biology of low oxygen in tumours (tumour hypoxia). Low oxygen in tumours drives them to become more aggressive and to spread to other parts of the body. Isabel’s research aims to understand these changes to spot aggressive cancers early on, and to better treat them. Isabel is an enthusiastic science communicator, who can be found at events such as festivals and science cafes geeking out about cancer biology. She is also a keen advocate for improving the visibility of women in science, and is the main organiser of Soapbox Science Hull.
BABAK SAYER – COACH/TRAINER
Babak Sayar is not just a survivor of eight years of horrific war in the Iran/Iraq border. He’s fought his own personal battles, feeling the emotional impact of rejection from his family and country and more recently struggling to provide meaning to the life of his autistic son. His story is one of determination and resilience. To stand up and be counted, no matter how much the odds are stacked against you. Reminding us that no matter where you are, and what barriers you face, you can always define who you want to be and the difference that you’ll make in this world. He’s making his difference as a coach, trainer and speaker.
JODY DAY – AUTHOR
Jody Day is a British author, trainee integrative psychotherapist and the founder of Gateway Women, the global friendship and support network for childless women with a reach of two million women. She’s a founder and board member at AWOC.org (Ageing without Children) and a former Fellow in Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School. She is the author of 2016’s Living the Life Unexpected: 12 Weeks to Your Plan B for a Meaningful and Fulfilling Future Without Children (Bluebird/PanMac), which the British Medical Journal has recommended as “the book to recommend to… patients when they face coming to terms with unavoidable childlessness.” She lives in London with her cat, a stereotype that she warmly and humorously subverts.
ALEX MCLEAN – MUSICIAN/RESEARCHER/SOFTWARE ARTIST
Alex has been active across the digital arts since the year 2000, developing a creative approach to computer programming, including live coding music. Alex co-founded the TOPLAP and Algorave movements. He completed his PhD thesis on Programming Languages for the Arts at Goldsmiths, during which time he initiated the popular and free/open source live coding language TidalCycles, connecting code and music to create a rich approach to pattern making. He works as part of the research institute in the Deutsches Museum in Munich, using live coding techniques to explore the ancient thought processes of textile weavers.
DR JOHN CURRAN – BUSINESS ANTHROPOLOGIST
Dr Curran is a leading global business anthropologist and executive trainer and facilitator. His expertise lies in understanding how every day culture shapes the way consumers think and act, how brands resonate with the world they exist in and how organisations build internal cultures that allow for innovation, creativity and high performance. He has worked with some of the worlds’ most famous brands and conducted anthropological research projects across the globe.
EMMA GANNON – BLOGGER AND AUTHOR
Emma Gannon is a blogger, author and social media consultant. She has written for the likes of Stylist, Grazia, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and more, and is the former social media editor at British GLAMOUR. Her debut book CTRL ALT DELETE: How I Grew Up Online was published in July by Penguin Random House. Her podcast interviewing digital creatives hit number 16 in the iTunes charts on its first week of release. It features guests such as Elizabeth Gilbert and Zoella. It has been recommended by The Times, ELLE UK and Marie Claire.
PROFESSOR BRAD GIBSON – PROFESSOR OF ASTROPHYSICS
Brad completed his MSc and PhD at the University of British Columbia, building the world’s first Liquid Mirror Telescope Observatory. He was responsible for using exploding stars to determine the expansion rate of the Universe (as part of the Hubble Space Telescope Key Project), for which his team was awarded the Gruber Prize in Cosmology. Clearly a busy guy, he also discovered the first evidence that our own Milky Way’s nearest neighbours were being cannibalised by our Galaxy. Who better to answer the question: alien worlds and extraterrestrial life – where are they?!
NESS KNIGHT – EXPLORER
Ness is a record-breaking explorer and endurance adventurer who has stand up paddleboarded 1000 miles, cycled across the USA solo, became the first female in history to swim the Thames River, ran 15 marathons in 15 days, cycled across Bolivia with no money and traversed one of the most desolate, hot and inhospitable environments in the world solo; the Namib Desert. Next she will be attempting to become the first female in history to row across the Pacific Ocean solo and non-stop. Ness’ greatest passion lies in exploring her mental and physical limits in some of the world’s most unique and remote locations, learning about survival from people and tribes around the globe. Ness’ great love is for story-telling and creating documentaries that discover the wonders of wildlife, unusual locations and unique cultures, taking people with her on a journey to explore the far reaches of our planet Earth.
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