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Theme: Intersect

This event occurred on
December 4, 2021
Nedlands, Western Australia

Innovation arises from diverse industries, cultures, and disciplines as they combine to bring about change and solve the problems faced by the modern world. TEDxUWA celebrates this convergence of ideas with our biggest event of the year, TEDxUWA2021: Intersect!

Don’t miss out on our fantastic line-up of speakers, as they share with us their illuminating experiences, thoughts, and ideas. If that’s not enough, then maybe the incredible performances and activities that are lined up will persuade you? Catering is provided and this event is the perfect opportunity for you to network with our sensational speakers and other like-minded individuals.

Registration will begin at 10am for a 10:30am start. The event is scheduled to finish at 3:30pm.

Ticket prices will be $40 for general admission. Students will receive a 10% discount on the general admission price. This is open to all WA students (NOTE: you will be asked for your student number). Members will receive a 20% discount (check your emails for a sweet discount code).

McCusker Auditorium
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
QEII Medical Center, 6 Verdun Street
Nedlands, Western Australia, 6009
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Alexander Circosta

Actor, Comedian and Television Presenter
After graduating university with a Bachelor of Laws and Creative Arts Alexander Circosta commenced his Practical Legal Training and then in a spark of inspiration decided it was time to pursue a career in his childhood passion of performance. Fast forward five years and he now works as a presenter on Channel Seven with ‘Home in WA’, as a performer with The Constable Care Foundation and has appeared in a range of TV campaigns and even two feature films. In 2017 Alexander was awarded the Act Belong Commit WA State award for his work with youth and voluntary work at The Perth Children’s Hospital. He has shared his love for performance and improvisation by teaching people the art of making stuff up and if you’ve seen someone dressed as superman in public 9 times out of 10 it is Alexander!

Allison Imrie

Associate Professor
Dr. Allison Imrie is an Associate Professor, whose laboratory specialises in investigating viral diseases which impact human health. Her career was kick started in work which involved HIV in the early days of the AIDS pandemic, working with the World Health Organisation on the Global Program in AIDS. Allison’s current work is on researching COVID-19 immunity and has noticed definite parallels between both the AIDS and COVID-19 pandemics. She now seeks to explore and share the wide implications of the COVID-19 vaccine and the personal responsibilities that individuals hold in the upcoming post-pandemic future.

Carolyn Orr

Neurologist and Clinical Researcher
Dr. Carolyn Orr is a neurologist and clinical researcher from Scotland, having trained in the UK, the US and Australia. She specialises in neurodegenerative diseases and disorders of cognition and movement with a particular focus on young-onset and reversible dementias.

Courtney Weber

PhD Candidate
Courtney is currently a PhD candidate, specialising in the use of linked hospitalisation and mortality data, in order to understand the trends and outcomes of patients hospitalised with heart failure and atrial fibrillation. She is passionate about the use of population level data to help create more effective population-wide prevention strategies and improve our overall health. Courtney also finds the time to host her own podcast, The Meaning of Health Podcast. She and her cohost discuss health issues that affect the population in a way that is easy to follow for the general public and explain what some of the research and government guides that are published mean.

David Tan

Mathematics Teacher
David has been a mathematics teacher at secondary schools for the past 15 years, currently teaching at one of the best schools in Western Australia. Throughout his life, David has always had an insatiable appetite for knowledge and problem-solving. He believes that knowledge is the key to self-empowerment, which is what lead him into the teaching profession. He has gained tremendous insight in his years of experience and wants to share the benefits of using mathematics every day and the patterns that he has discovered.

Fiza Ismail

Accountant and Mountaineer
Fiza Ismail is an avid adventurer and passionate mountaineer. Figures, processes and traditional reports didn’t really excite her, as her curious mind kept exploring new things to learn beyond the four cubicle walls. Her journey climbing mountains all over Nepal, South America, Africa, India and Mongolia each held a lesson of its’ own. Along with making priceless connections with the locals, she learned to appreciate the little things in life, how to define your own happiness and be proud of who you are. Fiza then went on to create Move Mountains Coaching, inspired by her passion for climbing and the lessons she learnt, drawing upon authenticity and the audacity to stand true to who we are.

Jack Anderson

Student and Founder of ThrivEd
Jack is a student, and the founder of ThrivEd, a not-for profit textbook organisation that produces Year 12 textbooks. The proceeds of every two textbook sales are used to produce a third textbook which is donated to the libraries of schools in underprivileged areas. Having authored two textbooks in the last year and with another four books on the way, Jack’s goal is to help other young people achieve discover their own potential, all while still studying Mechanical Engineering and training as a Ninja Warrior!

Kristian Rodd

Former Corporate Lawyer
A former corporate lawyer working in Melbourne and China. Kristian changed paths to focus on sustainable natural building and, with his partner Jara, has worked throughout Europe, South America and Australia on building earth houses. These experiences showed him how community-driven projects not only drive social change, but also help us meet our essential human need for connection to tribe and land. Kristian and Jara lived for three years in the remote Aboriginal Bawoorrooga community in the Kimberley, working with the community members to co-design and co-build their own SuperAdobe earth house, enabling the community to heal from a recent disaster while establishing a model of sustainable, grassroots remote housing.

Peter Matthews

Small Business Owner
Peter is a small business owner and, more importantly, a young person. Peter owns Matthews Copywriting, a WA digital marketing firm catering to mature corporate and small to mid-tier government clients. Matthews Copywriting celebrated its fourth birthday in October 2021, and in this time has worked closely with corporate and government clients including Hockey WA, BGC, Century 21 Australia and the WA Department of Local Government, Sport and Communities on subjects of content strategy and digital marketing with a written focus. Outside work, Peter is a committed Rotarian, student and freestyle wrestler.

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Perth, Australia


Perth, Australia