UCD announces line-up for TEDxUCD 2015 – 100 free tickets available
10 November 2015
L-R: Amy Fox, a UCD Business and Law student; Dr Brendan Rooney; and Dr Cara Augustenborg
University College Dublin (UCD) has announced the nine speakers who will take part in the university’s third annual TEDxUCD event. TEDxUCD 2015 will take place on December 4 (10am-4pm), in the UCD Dramsoc Theatre, UCD Student Centre. The TEDxUCD 2015 speakers, who are members of the UCD community of current and former researchers, lecturers, and alumni, will speak on a wide range of ideas worth spreading and include:
- Dr Cara Augustenborg is an environmental scientist who lectures on climate change and the environment at UCD. In 2013 she was selected as Ireland’s first climate leader as part of former US Vice-President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps;
- Dr Charlotte Blease is a cognitive scientist and philosopher of medicine. She is currently a Wellcome Trust non-clinical research fellow at the Centre for Medical Humanities, University of Leeds and a research affiliate at the Program in Placebo Studies, Harvard Medical School;
- Dr Marcus Collier, a sustainability scientist, who is a senior research fellow and principal investigator in UCD’s School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy;
- Dr Fred Cummins is a lecturer in UCD’s School of Computer Science whose research is currently focused on the rich topic of joint speech;
- Steven Duggan, a UCD graduate, who has worked in education for more than 30 years, is currently director of worldwide education strategy at Microsoft Corporation;
- Dr Virginie Gautier is a principal investigator at the UCD Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases at UCD’s School of Medicine;
- Duncan Lennox is a UCD graduate and serial entrepreneur. Duncan is CEO and co-founder of Qstream, a spin-out from Harvard Medical School with offices in Boston and Dublin. He was also a co-founder of WBT Systems, a UCD spin-out company, which was acquired in 2006;
- Maeve O’Rourke is a human rights lawyer and barrister, and graduate of the UCD Sutherland School of Law and Harvard Law School. She is currently researching for a PhD at Birmingham Law School on the human rights of older persons to freedom from torture and ill-treatment;
- Dr Brendan Rooney is a lecturer in the UCD School of Psychology and founder and current chair of the Psychological Society of Ireland’s Special Interest Group for Media, the Arts and Cyberpsychology.
Speaking in advance of her TEDxUCD 2015 talk Dr Augustenborg said: “I am looking forward to taking part in this year’s TEDxUCD event. During my talk I will share my ideas and thoughts on the solution to the global climate change crisis with respect to both the significance of the upcoming UN climate negotiations in Paris and our day-to-day lives here in Ireland.”
Speaking in advance of his TEDxUCD 2015 talk Dr Rooney said: “This is such a fantastic opportunity to share ideas directly with the public. It is a great example of how the ways in which we communicate stories and ideas are changing; these media are powerful tools for learning and moving our emotions.”
TEDxUCD 2015 is the third annual TEDx event held at University College Dublin and is organised by UCD’s innovation team at NovaUCD.
TEDxUCD talks held in 2013 and 2014 talks have received just under 60,000 views to date. The most popular TEDxUCD talk is last year’s talk by Barry Andrews, CEO, GOAL, entitled, ‘Why No One Cares About Syria’, which has received a little more than 18,000 views.
At TEDxUCD 2015 a combination of live speakers and a selection of TEDTalks videos will be combined to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group of 100 attendees. The TED conference provides general guidance for the TEDx programme, but individual TEDx events, including TEDxUCD, are self-organised.
Amy Fox, a UCD Business and Law student will be the MC for TEDxUCD 2015.
100 free tickets to attend TEDxUCD 2015 will be released on Wednesday, November 11, at 1.30 pm via http://www.ucd.ie/innovation/newsevents/tedxucd/tickets/
TEDxUCD can be followed via @TEDxUCD and #TEDxUCD.