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Theme: Sowing the seeds

This event occurred on
December 8, 2012
10:00am - 5:00pm GMT
(UTC +0hrs)
Nottingham, Nottingham
United Kingdom

This event came from the idea that the University of Nottingham has a lot to potentially showcase. We've decided to focus particularly on the 'entrepreneurship' and 'sustainability' themes of the university, as signified in our own theme. This still gives us the latitude to focus on a broad selection of talks that can come from any background within the Uni.

Our Aims

We have a couple things we would like to accomplish through this event.

Firstly, we'd like to find interesting research, knowledge and perspectives from within the Uni and have those shared to a potentially wider/different audience through the platform of a TEDx talk.

Secondly, we want the event to be a collaborative effort involving both students and staff from all backgrounds within the Uni. This is in keeping with the the style of a lot of other TEDx's and through this we hope to be able to produce and event that is creative, entertaining and interesting.

Thirdly, we want to create a focal point around which TED-interested students/staff within the University can gather. It can be a place where we share and discuss talks from around the world, and then engage in the conversation and actions taking place within the global TED/TEDx community


Getting involved

If you wish to join the planning team or volunteer for the event you can email us at mail@tedxuon.com. The event is a collaborative effort within the University and would be run entirely through the support of volunteer team members.

Business School South Building
Jubilee Campus
University of Nottingham
Nottingham, Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Angela Dy

Angela “El Dia” Martinez Dy is a poet + writer, student, educator, and hip-hop femmecee. An original member of isangmahal arts kollective, seminal voices of the Asian American spoken word and performance poetry movement, she later co-founded Youth Speaks Seattle, Seattle’s premier spoken word organization for youth, and served as director from 2005-2009.

Ben Curtis


Ed Copeland

Theoretical physicist
Ed Copeland is a theoretical physicist at the University of Nottingham, his area of research is possibly one of the most exciting areas in science – attempting to understand the origin of the Universe. By looking at the original seeds of creation Ed attempts to understand much about the structure and future evolution of the Universe.

Lei Zhang

Lei is a third year PhD student in chemistry at the University of Nottingham, he has been working on developing the solution for targeted in vivo delivery of drugs and imaging agents, using customized delivery to achieve better therapeutic effect at specific sites such as tumours.

Paul Kirkham

Paul Kirkham is a researcher in the field of entrepreneurial creativity with the university’s UNIEI. He is co-deviser of the problem solving process taught at NUBS and described in ‘Ingenuity in Practice – A Guide for Clear Thinking’. Paul regularly does mentoring sessions on creativity and idea generation within the Nottingham University Business School.

Phillipa Marsh

Her career so far has taken her from design in point of sale to interiors and architecture. She believes that design is really about understanding and connecting people with the world around them; whether its products, services or the built environment. What is key is understanding and involving people in the design process and helping to provide relevant and fun new ideas.

Rob Brown

Motivational Business Speaker
Rob Brown is a motivational business speaker and international authority on personal marketing, networking, executive presence, referrals and reputations. He is Head of the Global Networking Council (the world’s top 200 networking thought leaders, authors and gurus).

Salvador Garcia Bernal

Salvador is a third year PhD student in Computer Sciences at the University of Nottingham, UK. He has worked in the last two years on an alternative solution for obtaining better videos based on the High Dynamic Range technique.

Tim Mullett

Tim grew up in a small village in Somerset, near to Cheddar. Before starting his undergraduate degree he took a gap year during which he lived in Malawi volunteering as a teacher at a school so rural, the nearest patch of tarmac was over 10 miles away!

Organizing team


Nottingham, United Kingdom


Amman, Jordan
  • Hazem Sharif
    Art Director
  • Iain Botterill
  • Ebi Obode
    Food Curator
  • Oscar Williams
    Social Media Team
  • Joanna Moore
    Social Media Team
  • Jaydeep Sachdev
    Host / Procurement
  • Anna Fern Anderson
    Host / Attendee swag
  • Andy Yeung
    Resident TED enthusiast/ Team support
  • Carl Mundy
    Team Support / Funding
  • David Brander
    Team support
  • Henry Chow
    Stage Manager
  • Shakiru Okunade
    Team support
  • Ernest Wong
    Team support
  • Angelina Samanya
    Team support
  • Rohan Tharakan
    Speaker training