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May 4, 2013
9:00am - 9:00pm ACST
(UTC +9.5hrs)
Adelaide, SA

"Explore" - TEDxAdelaide 2013 presented in partnership with the University of Adelaide.

Bonython Hall
240 North Tce
University of Adelaide
Adelaide, SA, 5000
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Will Tamblyn & Gavin Smith

Gav and Will are obsessed by all things technical. They like taking things to pieces and putting them back together in different ways. They are self-taught in many areas of design, manufacture, programming and visualisation – and over the past four years they have been trying to turn their crazy scribblings and random thoughts into something real and exciting. Open Volumetric is a 3D holographic visualisation. They'll be talking about how to building a robot with a holographic head, when holographic projectors do not exist.

Kiera Lindsey

Lecturer in Australian History & Australian Studies, University of South Australia. Keira's research is concerned with Imperial and colonial history in Australia, England and Ireland during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Before taking up a lectureship in Australian History and Australian Studies at the University of South Australia in July 2012, she taught at the University of Melbourne, completing a PhD in bride theft in nineteenth-century Australia and Ireland and a Masters in Australian Studies regarding Hume and Hovell’s expedition into the Southern Interior in 1824. Kiera is currently writing a book based on my doctoral research entitled Taken: The Men who Stole Women, which received the inaugural Greg Dening Prize in 2009 and has been published in international journals and national newspapers. She is the presenter of a new Australian History program with Sonya Feldhoff on ABC Adelaide, 891 FM. Keira will be talking on exploration tropes - how tropes of expectation and approach, discovery and disappointment, mystery and knowing are inherent to the concept of exploration.

Lucas Lovell

In 2010, Lucas was selected to take part in South African explorer Mike Horn’s Pangaea Expedition; a 4-year circumnavigation of the world aimed at enhancing within today’s youth a respect for the natural beauty of the environment. After successfully getting through a 2-week selection camp in the Swiss Alps, he joined 7 other young adults from around the world on the 6th leg of the journey – an expedition across Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. Since his adventure, Lucas has worked as an ambassador for the project, coordinating Act projects with other Young Explorer's from around the world and educating today's youth on environmental issues. He is currently in his 4th year of Law and International Studies at the University of Adelaide.

Alan Cooper

Alan Cooper is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the University of Adelaide, Australia where he established the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) as an ARC Federation Fellow (2005-2010). This purpose-built research facility provides an isolated, ultra-low contamination environment for the study of traces of DNA preserved in ancient animal and plant materials, sediments, and other biological material. Prior to this, Alan established and directed the Henry Wellcome Ancient Biomolecules Centre at the University of Oxford, where he was Professor of Ancient Biomolecules from 2001-2005. Alan's current research projects include the impacts of climate change on Ice Age megafauna and reconstructing the evolution and migrations of early human groups, domestic species and diseases. Alan will be sharing how we can use ancient DNA to track the impacts of human evolution on our bacteria and our health.

Kirsty Stark

Kirsty is the producer of Wastelander Panda, an online drama series about the last remaining panda in a post-apocalyptic Wasteland. She began her career as a cinematographer and camera assistant, before co-founding Epic Films in 2010. Kirsty's interests lie in new approaches to film marketing, audience building and distribution, particularly online. The 3-minute Wastelander Panda Prologue was viewed over 100,000 times in its first three days online. A subsequent crowdfunding campaign raised over $25,000 towards three new episodes, which will be released in May at Alongside Wastelander Panda Writer/Director Victoria Cocks and PMD Ella Macintyre, Kirsty recently presented a panel at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. She and Ella also consult in online, crowdfunding and social media strategies for film and business.

Moira Deslandes

While some people do extreme sports, Moira is an extreme pilgrim, exploring and journeying across spiritual terrain with all its ups and downs and navigational challenges. Trained as a social worker, Moira is committed to building the connections and solutions between private pain and public policy. She has worked in a diversity of paid and voluntary leadership roles from direct services to being a Chief of Staff in Government, and a CEO of a state-wide and an international organisation. Moira loves the power of story and is an active member of Playback Willunga. She'll be sharing lessons from the inside, exploring the frontier of resignation.

Larissa McGowan

Larissa began her dance training at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence and joined ADT in 2000. She has since toured extensively throughout Europe, Canada, America, Asia and Australia performing in Be Yourself, G, Devolution, HELD, Vocabulary, Nothing, The Age of Unbeauty, Birdbrain and Attention Deficit Therapy. In 2008 Garry Stewart named Larissa, Associate Choreographer. Her work, Zero-sum, made its world premiere at WOMADelaide 2009. She followed this up with a highly successful appearance as a guest choreographer on two seasons of So You Think You Can Dance. Her work Slack, performed by ADT, was part of the Sydney Opera House's New Breed season & in 2012 Link Dance Company toured this work to France & Holland. She has created Transducer as part of Tasdance’s double bill ‘Voltage’ & made Fanatic on Sydney Dance Company which had it’s world premier in Spring Dance, Contemporary Woman and recently as part of SDC’s triple bill De Novo. Her full length work Skeleton premiered in the 2013 Adelaide Festival and as part of Dance Massive 2013.

Michael Lee

Michael Lee grew up in Queensland in 70s and 80s, when Brisbane was a lazy country town dripping with biodiversity; bearded dragons on every wooden fence, and tree frogs in every outdoor loo. A chain of early influences inspired him to be a biologist: from his best friends at Hendra primary school who formed a gang that spent lunch hours ambushing lizards and collecting insects, to Harry Butler on TV and a succession of excellent biology teachers and lecturers at high school and university. He studied in Marine Biology at the University of Queensland, before obtaining a scholarship to complete a Ph.D at the University of Cambridge. Returning to Australia, he spent three years with Rick Shine’s evolutionary ecology group at the University of Sydney. In 2002 he moved to Adelaide as a joint appointment between the South Australian museum and the University of Adelaide. His research mainly concerns trying to understand major events in the evolution of life, using evidence from diverse sources such as the fossil record, the anatomy of living organisms, and the wealth of new genetic information. Michael will pose the following questions: What will our world be like 100 years from now? What will aliens look like? The history of life on earth, as preserved in the fossil record, provides some disconcerting answers.

Peter Burdon

Peter Burdon is a Senior Lecturer at the Adelaide Law School. His PhD was in the field of ecological law. It won the Bonython Prize and a University of Adelaide Research Medal for best original thesis. Since 2005 Peter has worked with Friends of the Earth Adelaide in the Clean Futures Collective. Peter also sits on the Ethics Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the executive committee of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and on the management committee of the Environmental Defenders Office (SA). Peter lives in the Adelaide plains with his beautiful wife, dancing daughter and baby boy. For TEDxAdelaide he will be showing how law perpetuates the ecological crisis and needs to be radically reconfigured to facilitate a viable human presence on the Earth.

Travis (TJ) Ranson

Travis is committed to the art of parkour, and has been instrumental in setting up PointA - a training facility and space for people interested in a culture of movement.

Sarah Agnew

Sarah Agnew is a Biblical Storyteller, Poet and Uniting Church Minister. Sarah facilitates workshops, worship and classes that invite people to tell their own stories, discover the Biblical story, and communicate effectively, because she is passionate about sharing stories that celebrate the fullness of our humanity. Sarah blogs at, and looks forward to the release of her first poetry collection, On Wisdom's Wings, in Spring 2013. Sarah says the gift of story is an invitation into grace and healing, as we explore the human experience together.

Tim Jarvis

Tim Jarvis combines a love of adventure with a passion for environmental issues – a passion demonstrated through his work as an environmental scientist, public speaker and explorer of many of the planet’s remotest places. Tim has recently returned from leading a crew of five British and Australian adventurers to become the first to authentically re-enact Sir Ernest Shackleton’s perilous voyage from Elephant Island to South Georgia and then dangerous crossing of its mountainous interior.

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