Researcher & Senior Lecturer
David's talk is about Psychedelic parapsychology and the science of shamanism.
Having published more then 100 academic papers is one of the world's leading researchers on psychology of exceptional human experience and nature of altering human consciousness.
His work covers the parapsychology and mysteries of psychedelic plants.
Giulia's talk is about Whose knowledge is good knowledge? Her work is about Drug policy, prostitution policy, and the relationship between law, morality and ideology. She is currently running a multi-media, participatory research project looking at the relationship between people, dancefloors and drugs. Before coming to academia, she worked in harm reduction services and drug policy advocacy.
Film and Media Culturist
The title of Mari's talk is that 'My TED talk is a mistake'
She is a multidisciplinary researcher, specialising in visual culture, film architecture, cultural theory and history of Russian film and media.
In her research, Maria explores themes of miscommunication and chaos, global media, visual and sonic cultures.
Pro Vice Chancellor
Mark's talk is about What If Theatre does not exist in our society anymore.
His research interest lays at the interface between translation, adaptation and dramaturgy. His work in this area has crossed many disciplines including musicology, film, literary and translation studies but his main focus remains on performance writing.
He was formerly Dean of Academic Affairs at Newcastle University, and the founding Director of the Institute for Performing Arts at the University of East London. Mark also spent ten years at the BBC as a subtitler and channel director.
Mathematician & Senior Lecturer
Neil Saunders's talk is about Daydreaming, Mathematics and our Creative Future. He is a pure mathematician whose research is in Representation Theory - a field of abstract algebra dealing with symmetry. He uses higher dimensional objects and their related geometry to explore the manifold ways symmetry arises in mathematics and more broadly in the natural sciences.
Audiovisual artist and Digital Media Researcher
Nuno's Talk is regarding The Multisensory Gap: Towards Audiovisual Design. He is interested in multisensory user experience. Since 2000, he has been teaching and conducting research in media art and design, in various universities.
Nuno’s work has been presented in more than 20 countries, in such festivals and venues as ACM Multimedia – Interactive Arts (Scottsdale), Electro-Mechanica (St. Petersburg), FILE (São Paulo), ISEA (Istanbul), Le Cube (Paris), Mapping (Geneva), NAME (Lille), Optronica / British Film Institute (London), PixelAche / Kiasma (Helsinki) and SXSW (Austin).
Paula Fairfield is a Canadian sound designer and supervising sound editor who is based in Los Angeles.
She is best known for her work on the series Game of Thrones, where she has been nominated for five Emmy Awards.
Stacey's talk deals with Designing Death for the 21st century.
She explores the concept such as Love After Death, Digital Death, Diversifying Death and Shaping Perceptions.
As she has entered in design education in 2006 exploring what at that time was the new frontier of Second Life she encountered virtual cemeteries for the first time. This has led her on a 10 year journey to explore how creativity is changing the meaning of death in these online spaces and how designing death for the 21st century can help us examine what it means to be human.