x = independently organized TED event

Theme: The Hidden Wonders

This event occurred on
April 27, 2012
3:00pm - 9:00pm BST
(UTC +1hr)
Brighton, BNH
United Kingdom

The first TEDx event at the University of Sussex was held on the 27th of April.

The theme of the event was "The Hidden Wonders".

A hidden wonder… A world of complexity behind something seemingly simple, or the pure, basic essence within what appears to be convoluted. Generating new ideas or taking an innovative angle on an everyday issue or question, revealing a surprising connection between what at first look, seemed unrelated.

A thought, a perception, a twist, an unexpected connection that inspires awe, astonishment, admiration; the marvels that provoke surprise and accentuate curiosity. See the world through new lenses and discover the hidden wonders.

Jubilee LRG Lecture Theatre
University of Sussex
Sussex House, Falmer
Brighton, BNH, BN1 9RH
United Kingdom
Event type:
University (What is this?)
See more ­T­E­Dx­Sussex­University events


Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

David Birch

is a director of Consult Hyperion, an IT management consultancy that specialises in electronic transactions. Described by the Oxford Internet Institute as “one of Britain’s most acute observers of the internet and social networks”, in The Telegraph as “one of the world’s leading experts on digital money” and by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation as “one of the most user-friendly of the UK’s uber-techies”. He is a media commentator on electronic business issues and has appeared on BBC television and radio, Sky and other channels around the world. David will present during the Science & Technology session.

Mariana Mazzucato

is a Professor in Economics at the University of Sussex, where she holds the RM Phillips Chair in Science and Technology Policy. She is interested in the interactions between technological change, economic growth, and the ways that industries are structured. Her recent work has looked at the leading role of the State in fostering innovation, and hence the implications of ‘austerity’ for Europe’s ability to be an ‘Innovation Union’. In her last book The Entrepreneurial State she argues that active State investment has been the secret behind most radical innovations, and that this requires economists to analyse the State as market ‘maker’ and market ‘shaper’ not just market ‘fixer’. Marianna will present during the Global Issues & Business session.

Richard Robinson

like many people, after getting a science degree (in psychology) Richard ran as far from science as he could, starting a political street theatre company, founding the annual Punch and Judy Festival and the buskers pitch in Covent Garden, going on to help make Spitting Image happen, then settling down as a Riddler (Children’s ITV) for a decade, before realising one day that puppet making was a branch of engineering and he had inadvertently strayed back into science. Soon after he was busking science curriculum in schools, writing on Murphy’s Law and in 2005 setting up the Brighton Science Festival. Richard will present during the Science & Technology session.

James Woudhuysen

is a Professor of Forecasting and Inovation at De Montfort University, Leicester. He helped introduce Britain’s first computer-controlled car park in 1968, wrote about chemical weapons for the Economist in 1978 and devised an instruction manual for a word processor in 1983. He was the head of worldwide market intelligence at Philips Consumer Electronics. Co-author of Why is construction so backward?, Energise! A future for energy innovation and Big Potatoes: the London Manifesto for innovation. James will present during the Science & Technology session.

Adrian Ely

Adrian's career history has spanned from playing in a reggae band, searching for frog species previously unknown to science, working with rural communities to manage tropical forests in East Africa and studying the regulation of biotechnology across four continents. Currently, Adrian is head of impact and engagement for the STEPS Centre, a group of twenty people at Sussex looking at Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability. The Centre’s diverse membership is including ecologists, philosophers, doctors, anthropologists and others with backgrounds stretching from environmental campaigning to electronic engineering and help STEPS and its partners around the world in their efforts to link science and technology to poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability and social justice. Adrian convened an international project that, in 2010, created a new manifesto focussing on these objectives. You can find Adrian on Twitter: @adrian_ely.

Yvo Luna

is a writer, performer and visual artist who has moved into using keynote presentations as a way of demonstrating her experiences and views related to social mores and mental health. Uncompromisingly honest, and often very funny, Yvo has been involved in award-nominated work, and has made a presentation and film for international conferences on the link between addiction, nutrition, and mental health. She has been around the globe several times (though admittedly this was only because she couldn’t find the entrance). She lives in Brighton where she swims in the sea every day, all year round.

Mick Moore

is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) and a Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK. He has extensive research and advisory experience in many countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and was the Director of the Centre for the Future State from 2000 to 2010. Mick is a political economist. His main research interests are the interactions between governance and politics on the one side, and finance and the economy on the other. Mick became interested in the implications of tax and revenue for the quality of governance and development about two decades ago.

Lynne Murphy

is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics in the School of English, University of Sussex. Her research concerns what we know when we know words, and stretches to how non-linguistic knowledge and behaviour affect our use of words. Raised and educated in the US, Murphy lived in South Africa in the 1990s and has been in England since 2000. Her observations on the Englishes of these places (and the linguistics behind them) are chronicled in the blog Separated by a Common Language. Her books include Semantic Relations and the Lexicon and Lexical Meaning, both published by Cambridge University Press.

Peter Barden

social entrepreneur, founder of Graduate Unleashed, a programme designed to motivate undergraduates to take greater ownership of their professional lives via educational and case study-led seminars. Peter graduated from International Relations MSc in September 2008 directly into the eye of the financial storm. Faced with limited options he undertook two unpaid London-based internships over 2009 for an NGO and an MP and sustained by hosting pub quizzes 5 nights a week. Returning to London, he played a central role in establishing the Peace One Day Patrons Programme. The experience of curating inspirational and educational events for SMEs nurtured a refined understanding of what it takes to kick start and grow a social enterprise.

Jacob Berkson

is currently completing his DPhil in Philosophy at Sussex University. A perpetual thinker, he is currently studying how it is that we stand to the world and what it actually means to think about the world. He has a sneaky suspicion that the nature of what we think about is independent of how we think about what we think about. The role of emotions has been downplayed in understanding and he wants them back in the centre. He has also previously studied the connections between love and reason. Love being a precondition for reason, he argues that we go wrong when we separate love from reason.

Ross Breadmore

works at NixonMcInnes, a Brighton based social business consultancy where he helps charities and mobile providers make sense of digital and how it is impacting the world. He has created entirely new teams, advised on reputational crises and spoken at a number of events. Ross lives in Brighton and is currently renovating his first house. At the weekends he normally spends time cooking and riding his bike around Stanmer Forest.

Rolf Geehlhaar

is pioneer in interactivity, computer-aided composition and generative, studied Philosophy at Yale University and Music at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1967 Karlheinz Stockhausen engaged him as his personal assistant, private student and member of his electroacoustic music ensemble. After four years in this position he became a freelance composer and performer. From 1971 onwards he received numerous major commissions, prizes, and appointments at institutions such as IRCAM, The Centre Pompidou Paris, La Villette Paris, The Sydney Opera House (sound designer), MIT, Cambridge USA, Hayward Gallery London, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and many others. From 2002-08 he was MA Course Director in Design & Digital Media at Coventry University. He is a freelance composer & researcher whose main interest is developing technology for access to music making for the disabled. He resides in London.

Glitch Litch

is a group of musicians specializing in creating network music with its members spread across three different time zones. Members of Glitch Lich actively pursue the practices of composition, sound art, and brewing. Chad McKinney is an experimental musician/electronic necromancer. Currently he is studying towards a doctorate at the University of Sussex where he is researching network music. Curtis McKinney is a composer, performer and researcher of experimental electronic music. His work focuses on the creative possibilities of collaborative music making using digital networks.

Organizing team


London / Warsaw, United Kingdom


Lisbon, Portugal
  • Jozef Stremen
  • Aleema Shivji
    Co-organizer / host
  • Luc Higgins
    TEDx student's society
  • David Kilkelly
    Co-organizer / AV