Got 18 Minutes? Catch a TEDx talk on Wednesday, Sept. 24

Got 18 Minutes? Catch a TEDx talk on Wednesday, Sept. 24

Jefferson Lab will stream the TEDxCERN 2014 event on the big screen in the CEBAF Center auditorium tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 24), from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT. All members of the lab community – staff, students, users and subcontractors – are invited to attend all or any part of the event.

TED talks are brief conversations – each lasting 18 minutes or less – that bring together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment and Design. The theme for TEDxCERN 2014 is “Forward: Charting the future with science,” and speakers will be sharing their views on the big ideas in science. The talks fall into three broad categories: Adapt, Change and Create and include a range of topics, including some that may be of interest to the lab community.

The list of speakers is impressive and may be found on the TEDxCERN website. (Note that the program reflects Geneva local time: The schedule board in the CEBAF Center lobby reflects local times.)

First session: ADAPT

  • Robert Crease – uses laboratory history to examine the philosophy of science
  • Tamsin Edwards – wants to understand how uncertain we are about climate change
  • TED-Ed / CERN Animation - Cloudy climate change: How clouds affect earth's temperature by Jasper Kirkby
  • Marcia Barbosa – studies water molecules to learn about everything -- from earthquakes to treating diseases
  • Nina Fedoroff – an expert in plant genetics and future food systems
  • Nitin Sawhney – a composer, musician and producer who is also passionate about science

Break - interviews with speakers on webcast feed

Second session: CHANGE

  • Julia R. Greer – wants to fit all the solid material it takes to build the Golden Gate Bridge in her palm
  • Sonia Trigueros – designs novel nanostructures to combat medical problems
  • TED-Ed / CERN Animation - If matter falls down, does antimatter fall up? by Chloé Malbrunot
  • Srikumar Banerjee – on thorium for sustainable nuclear energy
  • John Mighton – believes that virtually anyone can learn anything if they are given the opportunity
  • Andrew Nemr – tells stories through tap dance

Break - interviews with speakers on webcast feed

Third session: CREATE

  • Hayat Sindi – creates opportunities for innovation in medical technology and education
  • Arthur Zang – gives rural heart patients access to life-saving healthcare
  • Topher White – recycles technology to protect remote rainforests
  • Danielle Fong – reinvents a classic technology to solve hi-tech energy problems
  • TED-Ed /CERN Animation - How cosmic rays help us understand the universe by Veronica Bindi
  • Julien Lesgourgues – simulates the universe to understand why it looks the way it does
  • Jamie Edwards – aims to become the youngest person ever to achieve nuclear fusion

Host for the event will be Brian Cox, known as the “Rock-star physicist” and a professor at the University of Manchester.

Lab staff members who anticipate spending more than an hour watching TEDxCERN talks, during their normal work hours, should first get their supervisor’s approval.

Talks may also be viewed from your office computer.

For more information, contact Mike Robbins, Public Affairs at or ext. 7617.