Agnes Nairn is a researcher, writer, consultant, speaker and media commentator on the ethics of marketing to children. She is Professor of Marketing at EM-Lyon Business School in France and a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath, the University of Edinburgh and Hult International Business School in London. In addition to numerous award-winning academic papers she is known for coining the term Consumer Kids.
After a high profile career as CEO, Pierre Pirard decided to redirect his focus and became a teacher. Working in Brussels’ most disadvantaged neighbourhoods, he discovered that these children – usually portrayed as troublemakers – are able to rise above this negative image. He believes that these kids are the future of our society and that we should care for their education, no matter what their socio-cultural and economical background is.
Have you ever heard of the ‘Theremin’? It is the only instrument which can be played without any mechanical touching! One of the first electronic musical instruments ever built, the theremin was invented by Léon Theremin. Playing this strange instrument is an art perfected by Lydia Kavina, a distant relative of Léon Theremin himself.
UGent Ob/Gyn professor Marleen Temmerman is one of the world’s leading authorities regarding reproductive health issues. She also serves as an advisor to the UN, as a director of the WHO and has received numerous awards honoring her commitment to HIV/Aids research, reproductive health and family issues and women’s rights. Topic of her talk will be a woman’s right to birth control.
Iain McGilchrist is a psychiatrist and writer, committed to the idea that the mind and brain can be understood only by seeing them in the broadest possible context, that of the whole of our physical and spiritual existence, and of the wider human culture in which they arise – the culture which helps to mould, and in turn is moulded by, our minds and brains. His talk ‘The Divided Brain‘ was a Best of the Web pick by TED!
Bruno Pieters is a Belgian fashion designer and art director highly regarded for his avant-garde creations and sharp tailoring. As a designer and an entrepreneur, Pieters wants to establish a sustainable new model for the fashion industry. ‘Honest by’ is the first company in the World to offer price transparancy to their customers and to make their entire supply chain transparant ánd ecologically sustainable.
People smugglers have typically been portrayed as shadowy, evil figures, exploiting human misery for financial gain, and risking lives transporting people. What motivates people smugglers, and how do they operate? Who are there main clientele? International migration expert and member of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy Khalid Koser shares his research on the economic motivations of those involved in smuggling migrants, and the massive and complex industry that has sprung up around them.
As founder of the Ghent-based Logos, an organization famous for its experimental musical performances, Godfried-Willem Raes is not only a composer, but he is also a well known expert in computer technology, robotics and interactive electronic art. His performance might include nudity, and, of course, robots.
Jelle De Smet graduated in physics engineering at Ghent University in 2007. Since January 2009 he is pursuing a PhD at that same university at the Centre for Microsystems Technology, where his research is focused on electronic contact lenses and contact lens display technology. He recently received worldwide media attention for his work on contact lens LCD displays, which also got him a nomination for ‘Strafste Gentenaar’.
Prof. Jens Krause is an expert on Swarm Intelligence. Observing large groups of fish and even experimenting with robofish, he has been able to predict movements of large groups of animals. These insights can also be used to predict human movements – intelligence that can be extremely useful in emergency situations at mass manifestations
Nic Balthazar is not only a famous movie director, he is also known as the inspiratory of the ‘Sing-for- the-Climate’ action. His aim is to prove that the power of online action can be translated into real-life actions and results. 380 000 Belgians have already joined him, let’s add another 1000!
Science doesn’t get tastier than this: Koen Dewettinck has dedicated his academic career to research about chocolate. In the Cacaolab, he and his team explore the wonders of chocolate. Over the past decades, they have built up scientific expertise and have developed an analytical toolbox for chocolate-related research. Nomnomnom!
The ambitious 9K team blew us away at the AppsForGhent contest earlier this year. Their playful approach to solve some of the most urgent issues city-dwellers have to cope with offers plenty of possibilities to get citizens really involved in local decision-making processes. Since the contest, they have pimped their app further, and they cannot wait to present it to the TEDxGhent audience!
Chris Callewaert holds a masters in Bioscience Engineering, Chemistry. As a researcher at Ghent University, he investigates body odor. In his PhD, he investigates the chemical characteristics of the bacteria living in the armpits, while trying to ameliorate body odors by replacing bacteria of smelly people with those of non-smelly people. Chris is the winner of 2013′s TEDxGhent University contest.
Françoise is a singer, pianist, actress, composer and on top of that researcher at Ghent University, School of Arts. Developing a technique that allows the use of ‘inhaling’ singing, she is currently redefining the boundaries of vocal music. Françoise will show us how vocal sounds can be produced while a singer is inhaling, instead of exhaling. Truly mind…ehm…blowing.
Smog is a serious problem in big cities all over the world, contributing to acid rain and the formation of ozone. Lennart Joos, a scientist working at Ghent University, has made a research goal out of fighting this smog. Recently, he discovered a way to safely remove the nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the exhaust gases out of smog polluted air, by means of what he calls ‘superacids’.