NEW YORK, June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
- Four-day stage program in Edinburgh, Scotland to feature 70 talks, performances and tech demos
TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, announces today its speaker program for TEDGlobal 2011, the organization's annual Europe-based conference. Held for the first time this year in Edinburgh, Scotland, TEDGlobal will run from July 11 through July 15, and feature a range of inspired thinkers from around the globe. The conference theme is "The Stuff of Life."
"Our program this year gets at the heart of the latest discoveries and debates about life itself -- what it is, and how it can it be better lived," says TED's European Director Bruno Giussani, who curated the speaker's lineup. "The TEDGlobal 2011 speakers will celebrate life in all its forms. We've assembled a program that explores life from the secrets of the biological processes that take place in our body, to the cultural constructs that take place in our society; from the technologies and resources that make life possible, to the themes that define our humanity -- or threaten it."
The TEDGlobal 2011 speakers (in alphabetical order): David Adjaye, Architect Nadia Al-Sakkaf, Journalist Asaf Avidan, Singer Julia Bacha, Filmmaker Michael Biddle, Plastic recycler Phillip Blond, Political theorist Paul Bloom, Psychologist Alain de Botton, Philosopher Karol Boudreaux, Economist Joe Castillo, Sand artist Pauline Chen, Transplant surgeon Lee Cronin, Chemist Danielle De Niese, Soprano Anna Mracek Dietrich, Co-creator of a flying car Hasan Elahi, Transparency artist Peter Fankhauser, Roboticist Niall Ferguson, Historian Markus Fischer, Designer Jeremy Gilley, Founder, Peace One Day Daisy Ginsberg, Interactive designer Misha Glenny, Crime expert Ben Goldacre, Science writer Alison Gopnik, Child development psychologist Robert Gupta, Violinist Harald Haas, Technologist Justin Hall-Tipping, Science investor Jo Hamilton, Singer Balazs Havasi, Pianist Charles Hazlewood, Conductor Yasheng Huang, Economist Mikko Hypponen, Cyber-security expert Robin Ince, Comedian Allan Jones, Neuroscientist Ben Kacyra, Head of Cyark Cynthia Kenyon, Expert on ageing Todd Kuiken, Biomedical engineer Yang Lan, Media mogul Jae Rhim Lee, Artist Pamela Meyer, Deception detective Neil MacGregor, British Museum director Rebecca MacKinnon, Network advocate Jarreth Merz, Filmmaker Elizabeth Murchison, Cancer specialist Maajid Nawaz, Former radical Islamist Thandie Newton, Actress Svante Paabo, geneticist Mark Pagel, Linguist Annie Murphy Paul, Science writer Eddi Reader, Singer Yves Rossy, Jetman Sanjit 'Bunker' Roy, Educator Alice Russell, Singer Josette Sheeran, Director UN Food Program Shohei Shigematsu, Architect Kevin Slavin, Algoworld expert Rory Stewart, Politician Paul Snelgrove, Marine biologist Pavan Sukhdev, Banker Marco Tempest, Cybermagician Karen Tse, Anti-torture activist Abraham Verghese, Writer and doctor Vertigo Dance Company Geoffrey West, Theorist Richard Wilkinson, Epidemiologist Daniel Wolpert, Neuroscientist Paul Zak, Neuroeconomist
The detailed program and more information can be found online here: http://conferences.ted.com/TEDGlobal2011/.
TEDGlobal2011 conference is very nearly sold out. To apply for one of the last 20 places, visit http://conferences.ted.com/TEDGlobal2011/.
800 people from over 30 countries are expected to attend. TEDGlobal associate memberships, offering the possibility to watch the conference via a private webcast channel, are still available. Information on the conference's website.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
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