x = independently organized TED event

This event occurred on
April 29, 2013
12:00am - 6:00pm BST
(UTC +1hr)
Birmingham, BIR
United Kingdom

The first ever university TEDx in Birmingham, TEDxAstonUniversity is an independently organized event by Aston University students and looks to celebrate the ideas that take place birth at Aston through the research done by our exceptional academics.
The event theme was "Design Thinking" and the speakers provided their individual interpretation of the theme according to their fields.

Aston Students' Union
Aston University
Aston Triangle
Birmingham, BIR, B4 7ET
United Kingdom
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Christian McLening

Christian is a designer and academic based at Aston University since 2009 with a research interest in sustainable design & creativity. Christians' main area of industrial experience has been within the automotive and architectural product design industries. He has worked on concept vehicles, electric vehicles and the design & manufacture of automotive interiors for a range of large car companies. In recent years Christian has been involved with the Product Design group within ARUP associate London, through an industrial secondment scheme. This involved the design and development of a number of architectural product and environmentally sensitive projects. His experience has been varied and he has worked with both engineers and creative designers. Christian has taught design at a French university as well as several UK based universities at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Prof Judith Baxter

Judith is a Professor of Applied Linguistics and currently Head of English Language in the School of Languages and Social Sciences. She is also Assistant Director of Aston’s Research Centre for Interdisciplinary research in Language and Diversity (InterLAND), which brings together colleagues in applied linguistics, social sciences and business studies. Her current research focus is on the relationship between language, gender and leadership in educational, business and professional contexts. Judith has recently completed an ESRC research project entitled ‘Leadership Talk and Gender in Senior Management Business Meetings in the UK’, which ran from September 1st 2009 until January 2011. She has also published a monograph, The Language of Female Leadership, with Palgrave Macmillan. Her work regularly appears in newspaper articles, on radio and in TV programmes including the BBC2 series Women at the Top in September 2012.

Dr Eric Hill

Eric and colleagues are currently using stem cells to produce brain cells in order to examine how changes in Aβ lead to AD. These cells can be grown to form the many cell types present in the brain. They are able to study the effects of Aβ on these different cell types when it starts to accumulate including those of the immune system. The team is also investigating how Aβ affects brain cell communication. Creating a stem cell line that overproduces Aβ when they become neurons will allow scientists to study how these neurons sicken and die and to search for ways to slow or stop the disease.

Dr Michael Smets

Michael joined Aston Business School in August 2009 as a Lecturer in Strategy in the Economics and Strategy Group. His research focuses on professional and knowledge-intensive service organisations, specifically their strategic management, internationalization, and interaction with socio-cultural contexts.Recent research projects included studies of global law firms and the alignment of their work across various jurisdictions, comparisons of risk- and reinsurance-trading practices in Lloyd’s of London, Bermuda, and Continental Europe, and continuous service innovation in professional sectors.Michael uses qualitative methods, specialising in video- and team-ethnography. He received my DPhil from Said Business School, University of Oxford in 2009, where he is now an Associate Fellow of the Novak Druce Centre for Professional Service Firms.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom