Kwame Kwaten is a musician, record producer, manager and music industry consultant. He has been in the industry since the 1980’s, when he co-formed the Acid-jazz group D-Influence. Kwame has worked in many different parts of the industry over the years but now focuses his time on music management and consultancy. He has managed international platinum selling artist Rumer in the past and now manages Laura Mvula, Shannon Saunders, Kerry Leatham, The Night VI and producer Steve Brown through his affiliation with ATC Management. He has also set up his own company Ferocious Talent, where he represents recording artist Sarah Walk and poet Hollie McNish.
In June 2014, Elsa Hammond will set off from Monterey Bay, CA to row 2,400 miles across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. She will be alone and unsupported for three months, facing 40 foot waves, great white sharks, and rowing through the 'great Pacific garbage patch,' the most notorious example of concentrated plastic pollution in our oceans. She hopes to raise awareness of the extent and severity of plastic pollution through the challenge, and will continue to blog and update from the Pacific Ocean. She is half way through a PhD in English Literature, and is particularly interested in the cross-curricular opportunities that this project presents to schools and young people.
Skin cancer incidence rates are increasing worldwide. In the UK, over 100,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year, of which 10,000 are malignant melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer. Dr. Pourzand’s research lead to the creation of an innovative ingredient which, when applied in a suncream, acts as a filter to damaging sun rays. This pioneering research could soon be helping to better protect the skin and reduce the numbers of skin cancers.
Dr. John Troyer is the Deputy Director of the University of Bath's Centre for Death and Society. His research examines the relationship between the dead body and human technology. He is a co-founder of the Death Reference Desk website and a frequent commentator for the BBC. One of his current projects, the Future Cemetery , is an Arts and Humanities Research Council REACT Heritage Sandbox collaboration between Arson Vale Cemetery, Calling the Shots media, and the Centre for Death and Society. His TEDxBathUniversity talk will explore the future, past, and present of dead body technologies.
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Expedition Medicine Sierra Leone is a group of medical students that undertook a medically orientated expedition from July to October 2013. Their expedition investigated protection against infectious pandemics and in order to do this, they drove over 4,500 miles to Sierra Leone visiting, supplying and supporting remote hospitals en route. By volunteering their medics’ knowledge and skills this group of students has enhanced the healthcare in under-resourced hospitals. Their talk will investigate the use of protective medical equipment and how it can help in preventing the spread of disease.
Donatella Paioro is a clinical psychologist with more than ten years of experience working in some of the most challenging contexts. After working for years in psychiatric centres in Italy and France, Donatella joined Doctors Without Borders, a medical emergency organisation. During this time she worked in Kosovo after the 1999 conflict, on the West Bank during the Second Intifada, in Banda Aceh after the 2004 Tsunami, in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, in Italy with asylum seekers and in South Korea with refugees, in West Africa on HIV/AIDs, and in the Democratic Republic of Congo on sexual violence. Donatella’s talk will discuss the importance and explore the challenges of addressing mental health in conflict and natural disaster settings.
On November 26th 2012, Graham Hughes crossed the border into South Sudan and in doing so became the first person to visit every country in the world without flying. His remarkable four-year journey took him to the ends of the Earth – from Uruguay to Uganda via Tuvalu and Uzbekistan. Along the way, he stayed with local people, crossed continents on public transport and hitched rides on cargo ships. He witnessed a space shuttle launch, joined a tribe in Gabon, swam with the jellyfish of Palau and climbed to the top of the Great Pyramid of Giza. After travelling alone and on a shoestring budget through 201 nations, Graham found his faith in humanity well and truly restored. In this inspirational talk, he hopes to show that the world is not quite as bad as the sensationalist media would have you believe.
Michael Proulx has been investigating new technologies that will help blind and visually impaired people participate more fully in the visual world. His research focuses on unveiling how our senses interact to represent the world and the impact of blindness on cognition. Much of his work has used a 'sensory-substitution' device (called ‘The vOICe’) that provides visual information by translating visual input into sound. His talk will describe his work on how blindness can reveal what it means to see, and the development of technology to allow the visually impaired to see with sound.
Christine Griffin has been investigating the influence that marketing alcohol on social media platforms has on the drinking behaviour of young adults. Her research interests focus on young people’s experiences of ‘branded’ leisure at music festivals, on the clubbing and dancing cultures and on the marketing of drinks in relation to young adults’ everyday drinking culture. In this daring talk, Professor Griffin will explore the relation between youth, identity and consumption challenging the way that young people are represented as trouble makers and a cause of concern.
Alison Walker has been researching new organic light emitting diodes, photovoltaic devices and novel solar photovoltaic cells. Excitonic solar cells are innovative devices that produce electricity in a similar way to natural photosynthesis. There are several different types of excitonic solar cells and in each, the light-active component and other cell materials are different. In her talk Professor Walker will explore how this novel research will contribute towards making solar power a more viable technology worldwide – encouraging the use of renewable energy and mitigating against the effects of climate change.
Esther is an alumna of the University of Bath and graduated with a BSc in Physics in 1996. She started her career as a business analyst to help improve business processes. She then worked as change manager for a number of blue-chip organisations and in 2004 she set up Nine Feet Tall, a Bath based management consultancy specialising in business transformation, now employing over 30 consultants. Over the last 10 years Esther and her team at Nine Feet Tall have worked with a vast range of businesses in both the public and private sector and have gathered some fascinating insight into employee and business performance; good and bad. Esther believes that there is more to work than just money and will discuss what organisations can do to get the best out of its people which in turn will deliver business performance.