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TEDx Albertopolis

Monday 23rd September 2013 @ 14:00


Gilead Amit and Kadhim Shubber, Imperial Alumni

Two boxes have been reserved for Friends at the first TEDx event ever held at the Royal Albert Hall. It will be a half day of inspiring, thought provoking and entertaining talks exploring how art and science fit together in the modern world.

Drawing on the rich history of Albertopolis, the event will take inspiration from the area's founding principle, led by Prince Albert and its origins in the Great Exhibition of 1851, that the arts and sciences should work side by side for the public good. It is deeply fitting that such an event will take place at the Royal Albert Hall, the world's most famous stage.

Speakers from a wide range of disciplines will share their unique perspective on the space where art and science meet. The theme for this event has been announced as A Tale of Two Cultures; you can watch a video filmed at the Hall and other Albertopolis institutions on Vimeo.

Musicians, medics, entomologists, etymologists, dancers, designers - speakers from the widest range of disciplines will share their unique perspective on the space where art and science meet. Those appearing at this year's TEDxAlbertopolis include paraorchestra pianist Nicholas McCarthy, Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Dame Sally Davies, co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation David Braben FREng, Head of Media Space and Arts Programme at the Science Museum Hannah Redler and more, with others still to be revealed.

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Speakers include:

Professor Dame Sally Davies, recently named one of the top ten most powerful women in the UK, is the Chief Medical Officer for England, guiding the Government on all medical issues, particularly Public Health.

As a researcher, Dame Sally focused on sickle cell disease, before becoming involved in research and development in the NHS. As Director-General she established the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) with a budget of £1 billion. She is now responsible for Research and Development within the Department of Health.

David Braben, who, throughout his career, has been exploring what is possible to achieve with computer technology. From developments in gaming theory to best practice in teaching Computer Science to children, David has always been at the fore.

In the last 30 years, he has designed games like RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, Kinectimals, Disneyland Adventures, LostWinds and Coaster Crazy. Today, he is CEO of Frontier Developments in Cambridge.

As a strong advocate of teaching Computer Science to children, David is a founding Trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation – which makes small computers for education costing only $25.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a BAFTA committee member.

Dr Daniel Glaser is Director of Science Gallery London, part of King’s College London, to be built opposite the Shard on the Guy’s Hospital campus.

Previously he was Head of Engaging Science at Wellcome Trust, commissioning and funding public engagement and arts projects. He has fifteen years of research experience in brain imaging and visual neuroscience. In 2002 he was appointed 'Scientist in Residence' at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and in 2005 received a Cultural Leadership Award from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). He has presented a television series for the BBC and is a frequent contributor on national radio.

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Venue: Royal Albert Hall