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This event occurred on
January 28, 2012
9:00am - 7:30pm GMT
(UTC +0hrs)
United Kingdom

This is the first TEDx event at Salford and at this conference, we aim to celebrate brilliance, diversity, exchange intellectually nutritious information and engage in an inspirational experience. The theme of this conference is Exploration.

The Lowry (Compass Room)
United Kingdom
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Dario Autiero

Dario Autiero, of the Institute of Nuclear Physics in Lyons, France, leads the OPERA Team’s analysis of the faster-than-light neutrino tests at CERN. The Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus (OPERA) is a scientific experiment for detecting tau neutrinos from muon neutrino oscillations. It is a collaboration between CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso (LNGS) in Gran Sasso, Italy. In September 2011, Dario Autiero of the Institut de Physique Nucléaire de Lyon presented findings that indicated neutrinos were arriving at OPERA about 60 nanoseconds earlier than they would if they were travelling at the speed of light. These results are as of yet unexplained. The experiment was recently repeated with a different technique but yielded similar results. In his talk, Dario will focus on the neutrino velocity results arising from the neutrino experiment and possible explanations for this anomalistic behaviour.

Irene Khan

From 2001 – 2009 Irene Zubaida Khan was Secretary General of Amnesty International, the world’s largest human rights organization. As the first woman & Asian to head the organization, she led the organization through developments in the wake of the attacks of September 11 2001, resisting the backlash against human rights, expanding Amnesty’s work on economic, social and cultural rights, and launching a global campaign to stop violence against women. She is currently the Chancellor for the University of Salford. Irene has been keen to draw attention to hidden human rights violations. In Australia, she drew attention to the plight of asylum seekers in detention. In Burundi, she met with victims of massacres and urged President Buyoya and other parties to the conflict to end the cycle of human rights abuse. In Bulgaria, she led a campaign to end discrimination of those suffering from mental disabilities.

Anne Lise Kjaer

Anne Lise Kjaer is a renowned global futurist. She delivers out-of-the-box thinking and is a sought after inspirational speaker. Anne Lise works with some of the world’s leading brands including ACNielsen, Nokia, IKEA, Sony, Toyota, Unilever,and McKinsey. She has an exceptional eye for ‘the next big thing’ and an original and inspiring way of translating fledgling concepts into viable commercial propositions. The Financial Times wrote: “Anne Lise’s unique world vision is as fertile as Dali’s only she creates social prototypes based on nascent trends”. In particular she facilitates a new understanding for the consumer of the future, Anne Lise says: ‘if the challenge is to create clarity out of complexity then that means getting to know – and identify with – your customers. Only then can you understand what they will want from you.’ Today her client base numbers over 200 international corporations. Despite her global vision, Anne Lise retains strong links with her home country, where she is regarded as a leading commentator.

Mystery Speaker NASA Astronaut Appearance

There is a mystery astronaut speaker who is joining us for TEDxSalford! We wont exactly tell you who he is at the moment, you need to register for our conference to find out. NASA receives thousands of astronaut appearances every year and a very small fraction of them are accepted – TEDxSalford shall be host to one of these rare public appearances. We can tell you that our astronaut has considerable experiences of space travel – he has clocked over 3000 hours of jet flying time and well over 200 hours in space. Is he one of the rare EVA-trained (space-walker) astronauts? Is he one of Apollo astronauts and one of the twelve people who have walked on the moon? Or is he one of the more recent visitors to the International Space Station via the Space Shuttle Program? Or is he simply one of the few space tourists who managed to buy a ticket into space? To find out for sure, attend TEDxSalford!

John Robb

John Robb is the vocalist for the punk rock band “Goldblade”. Based in Manchester, he has also written several books on music and frequently appears as a journalist/commentator on documentary/light entertainment music shows.. Robb was inspired by the DIY ethic of punk to form Membranes in 1977, the band releasing several albums in the 1980s. In 1994 he formed Goldblade, who have released several albums including 2005′s Rebel Songs and 2008′s ‘Mutiny’ and single “City Of Christmas Ghosts” featuring Poly Styrene on shared vocals. Robb has appeared as a pundit on many television programmes including Channel 4′s “top 100″ shows, BBC’s I Love the 60s/70s/80s/90s series and Seven Ages of Rock, as well as offering expert pop culture opinion on several TV debate shows and both BBC and Channel 4 news. He has contributed to BBC 2′s The Culture Show as well as several appearances on TV documentaries, and he is also a regular on BBC radio commenting on pop culture. He has been a regular contributor to Sky’s The Pop Years and co-produced and presented a ten-part series on the history of punk rock.

Dawn Gibbins

Global Champion of Change Dr Dawn Gibbins MBE is the daughter of great British inventor Peter Gibbins, Dawn achieved worldwide business success with her father when they set up the environmental transformation institution Flowcrete in the early 1980’s. It grew from being a small start-up family business to a global giant, flooring the world of commercial and public environments from NASA to the 02 Stadium. Flowcrete has 30 offices globally and 12 manufacturing plants – Flowcrete’s strap line is ‘ For the world at your feet’ yep that’s all they did … flooring, seamless flooring. Honours for her success include being crowned the Variety Club of Great Britain’s Legend of Industry, awarded Bank of America Businesswoman of the Year, Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year, Most Influential Person in British Manufacturing and the youngest industrialist to be invested with an MBE for Services to UK Industry.

Ed Stafford

Ed Stafford became the first person to walk the entire length of the Amazon River in August 2010. His adventure has been described as one of the most dangerous and difficult expeditions ever undertaken encountering venomous snakes, severe floods, electric eels, jaguars and hostile local tribes, one of whom held him for questioning about the murder of one of their tribesman. Since returning home to the UK his story has featured in over 300 articles around the globe. Ed’s Amazon accomplishment has been described by Sir Ranulph Fiennes as being “in the top league of expeditions past and present”. In February 2011 Stafford was a nominee for the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2010 and then in March the same year he was awarded European Adventurer of the Year 2011. The Guinness World Records formally recognised Stafford’s achievement and he appears in the 2012 Guinness Book of Records.

Tom Hingley

Vocalist Tom Hingley first emerged amidst the groovy fury of Manchester’s “baggy” or “Madchester” scene in the late ’80s as a frontman for the group Inspiral Carpets. After such vaunted Mancs as the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays, the Carpets were one of the prime movers of that scene (and outlasted both of those other combos). Hingley went on to form a group called the Lovers with Jerry Kelly of the Lotus Eaters, then dropped out of sight, even working for a catalogue company for a time. Hingley re-emerged in the new millennium as an acoustic singer/songwriter with his debut solo effort, Keep Britain Untidy. He followed that with another solo effort, Soulfire, continuing to tour extensively and to play gigs with the Lovers, who often featured Inspiral Carpets classics in their set list.

Trevor Cox

Trevor Cox is a British academic and science communicator, a Senior Media fellow for EPSRC, and is President of the Insitute of Acoustics for the 2010-12 period. Cox has presented a range of popular science documentaries for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3 and BBC World Service, including Sounds of Science, Aural Architecture, Life’s Soundtrack, Science vs Strad, The Pleasure of Noise, World Musical Instruments, Dragon’s Lab, Biomimicry and Save our Sounds. He was co-originator and judge of BBC Radio 4’ ‘So You Want To Be A Scientist?’, a competition to find Britain’s best amateur scientist. He has gained worldwide news coverage for stories such as “Does a duck quack echo?” and “The Worst Sound in the World”. He has also investigated the World’s scariest scream. In addition, he has appeared in features on BBC1, Teachers TV, Discovery and National Geographic channels, and as an expert in news items on a variety of television and radio channels.

Julie Summers

Julie Summers is an author, historian and broadcaster with wide experience of writing about and interviewing people who have experienced extreme situations. She has worked with mountaineers who have climbed and returned from the world’s highest peaks, and written about those who have not. She has interviewed men who worked on the Death Railway in Thailand as prisoners of the Japanese in the Second World War and with people who have been affected by war in childhood. Her interest is in how people cope with these experiences once they return to everyday life. A compassionate interviewer and practiced listener, Julie inspires confidence in her interviewees and has teased out some of the most extraordinary stories of survival and inner strength from men, women and children. In her talk ‘This Game of Ghosts’ she explores some of these experiences and asks whether memory can be trusted and how much our own personal narratives are shaped by our perception of reality.

Stephen Venables

Stephen Venables is a mountaineer, writer and broadcaster who prefers the untrodden path – he is the first Briton to have climbed Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen. Nearly all his Himalayan expeditions have been to previously unclimbed peaks. In the case of Everest, others had been there first, so he climbed a new route, without oxygen equipment, and established a new altitude record for surviving a night out in the open. He has published twelve books, taken part in numerous television films and has just returned from his third crossing of South Georgia – on this occasion following other steps – Sir Ernest Shackleton’s. He has a horror of committee meetings, but couldn’t refuse the invitation to be president of the world’s oldest mountaineering association, the Alpine Club, during its recent 150th anniversary.

Heather Whitney

Dr Heather Whitney is a molecular biologist by training, but now uses ideas from across the scientific spectrum (from optical physics to beekeeping) to study plant-animal interactions. As both a researcher and speaker, she hopes to show that plants are much more sneaky than is usually suspected – they have to do everything that animals do (from finding a mate to coping with predators) but manage it without moving. Heather and her work have been featured on Radio 4′s Material World and The Naked Scientist. As a scientist, Heather has won awards for her research and has recently been awarded a L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland for Women Award in Science Fellowship. She spent several years as a researcher at the University of Cambridge before moving to the University of Bristol.

Benedict Allen

Benedict Allen, one of Britain’s most prominent explorers, is best known for his arduous expeditions to remote corners of the globe without the help of any technology back-up and surviving against all the odds in adverse conditions. By not using a film-crew and pioneering the use of a hand-held video camera, he allowed millions of people around the world to witness for the first time adventures unfolding genuinely in inhospitable terrain and has paved the way for the current generation of TV adventurers. Benedict Allen has experience of surviving adversity in some of the world’s most remote location. An accomplished adventurer, he uses his experiences to inspire and motivate audiences around the globe to achieve their own personal goals and shows that is it possible to succeed even when faced with adversity. “Benedict is part of the history of television” says Mark Thompson, Director General, BBC. With that rare ability to enthral and educate audiences with a great story, Benedict’s presentations are a balanced mix of entertaining anecdotes and inspirational messages where he guides audiences through a world of adventure and emotion.

Umut Kose

Umut Kose is a leading researcher at the OPERA Experiment at CERN. The OPERA Experiment result on “the measurement of the neutrino velocity” has hit the headlines starting from June 2011. In this talk, Umut Kose will give a background talk about the history of the OPERA Collaboration and their groundbreaking experiment. Umut Kose was awarded his PhD in 2006 on the analysis of “antineutrino charm production and anticharmed pentaquark search in the CHORUS experiment”. Following his Ph.D. he worked as a PostDoc Fellow at Nagoya University, Japan, on the OPERA experiment analysing neutrino events recorded in the Emulsion Cloud Chambers (ECC). He is currently an INFN Fellow at Padova University, Italy, where he continues to search for neutrino oscillations

Classical Revolution

Classical Revolution Manchester was founded in June 2011 as a chapter of the worldwide Classical Revolution movement. They play chamber music in informal, unusual venues to bring this incredible music to new audiences. The performers range from international soloists to professional orchestral and chamber players to students to amateurs- they bring together people who purely want to play and encourage audiences to ask questions and be involved. It’s basically bringing chamber music back to where it started- intimate, informal and relevant to all. Classical Revolution UK is expanding into staging orchestral events in a different way incorporating other art forms such as film, theatre, dance, drama, and providing education programmes and workshops to children and young people from all backgrounds. They are also commissioning new compositions, running live composition events, improvisation workshops and playing at large family festivals.

Stuart Nolan

Stuart was thrown out of school for reading too much and spent his youth involved in a range of nefarious activities including time as a pitchman, a fake psychic, a 3-card monte thrower, and a stand-up poet. When he grew up he spent 17 years developing for Interactive TV, Web, mobile devices, games platforms, and museum displays. In 2002, a NESTA Fellowship gave him the opportunity to travel the world studying with experts in traditional techniques of deception and attention control. Refining these techniques using current research in psychology and neuroscience he developed his expertise in sleight-of hand magic, hypnosis, cold reading, and psychological illusion. Stuart has applied these techniques to new areas, researching how teenagers respond to the mysterious in new technologies, how organisations are regularly deceived by the language of strategy documents, and how the art of attention control can be used in design, media production and sport coaching. He has run his unique workshops with architects in Manchester, technologists in Lima, film editors in Paris, journalists in Sofia, museum directors in Norwich, artists in Madrid, Internet entrepreneurs in Kuala Lumpur, TV executives in Helsinki, game designers in Alicante, scriptwriters in Amsterdam, futurologists in Brussels, Rugby players in Yorkshire, and teenage inventors at the BBC.

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Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom

Uzair F.

Lahore, Pakistan
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