Speakers 2013

George Smoot

ALERT! Our Webcast host is Nobel Prize winner George Smoot! His work led to measurement of Cosmic Microwave Background radiation, the afterglow of the Big Bang! He will frame the event for us, and illuminate with some Webcast only content!

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George Church

George Church

George Church helped initiate the Human Genome Project and is one of the 6 scientists who proposed the The Brain Activity Map Project that’s making a splash in scientific circles. He will speak about recent breakthroughs with DNA.

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Londa Schiebinger

 Londa Schiebinger

Londa Schiebinger is a pioneer in research on gender and science who wrote the conceptual paper for the UN on Gender, Science & Technology, 2010. Her three fixes for women + men in science will surprise and spur you to action.

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Chris Lintott

Chris Lintott

Chris Lintott runs the Zooniverse, the world's most successful collection of citizen science projects, and is co-presenter of the BBC's long-running 'Sky at Night'. He will let us know How to Find A Planet From Your Sofa. Only at TEDxCERN.

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Hiranya Peiris

Hiranya Peiris

Hiranya Peiris is one of the planck team, + winner of the 2012 RAS Fowler Prize. She studies the oldest light we can see in the universe in order to understand the why and how of the Big Bang. Hiranya will talk about Origins of the Early Universe.

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John Searle

John Searle

John Searle one of the world’s great philosophers of mind and language, has spent fifty years stimulating thinking around the world. What he says about consciousness as a biological phenomenon will challenge you! Cogitation. Consciousness & The Brain.

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Maya Tolstoy

Maya Tolstoy

Maya Tolstoy has been on 30 research cruises, been featured in James Cameron’s Aliens of the Deep, been a finalist for NASA’s astronaut program, contributed greatly to our knowledge of Tidal Triggering, and will explore Seafloor Earthquakes at TEDxCERN.

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Ian Foster

Ian Foster

Ian Foster’s research for high performance distributed and parallel computing has many call him ‘father of grid computing’. Ian will take us on a journey of Big Process for Big Data, with a call to action for the kind of collaborative processes we need.

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Marc Abrahams

Marc Abrahams

Marc Abrahams MC of the infamous Ig Nobel Awards and editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, focusses on research that makes you laugh, and think! You’re never going to look at science research quite the same after his talk.

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Eliezer Rabinovici

Eliezer Rabinovici

Did you know that there’s a science experiment in the Middle East with Israeli, Jordanian, Palestinian, Turkish, Pakistani and Iranian scientists? Hear from Eliezer Rabinovici and the amazing scientists who are working on the wonderful SESAME project.

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Zehra Sayers

Zehra Sayers is the the chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for “an impossible project”: SESAME. Scientists from the Middle East, working together to establish a world class research laboratory using only the language of science.

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Brittany Wenger

Brittany Wenger, 18, high school senior, brilliant young scientist and Grand Prize Winner 2012 Google Science Fair, for her project “Global Neural Network Cloud Service for Breast Cancer” talks about how she came to science in Research and Inspiration.

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Lee Cronin

Lee Cronin

Lee Cronin investigates how chemistry can revolutionize modern technology. His lab has created a 3D printer for molecules and he has a bold plan to make matter come alive with forms of non-biological life! Discussing his ‘Apollo Project’ for chemistry.

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Becky Parker

Becky Parker

Becky Parker MBE, Head of Physics Simon Langton Grammar School, winner of the first RAS Patrick Moore Medal for her outstanding work teaching astronomy has pupils who make up 1% of the national cohort of physics undergraduates in the UK. How?

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Gian Giudice

Gian Giudice, theoretical physicist at CERN, found surprising results after the discovery of the Higgs. Find out what the Higgs measurement might mean for the fate of the Universe.

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Sergio Bertolucci

Sergio Bertolucci serves as Director for Research and Scientific Computing at CERN. Before his time at CERN, he chaired the LHC committee and was a member of DESY’s physics research committee.

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Collège International de Ferney-Voltaire Choir and International School of Geneva Chorus

A unique celebration of song and science as the choirs sing will.i.am’s Reach for the Stars (Mars Edition)

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Yaron Herman

Yaron Herman plays piano jazz that is utterly unique. He learned to play based on a method using math and philosophy.

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Bijan Chemirani

Bijan Chemirani, French-born percussionist, was initiated into the art of Iranian percussion by his father, Djamchid Chemirani, at an early age and has acquired enormous experience in adapting his playing style to other genres of music.

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Steve Myers

With more than 40 years of experience at CERN, and having worked on the major colliders there, Steve Myers is certainly no stranger to CERN’s accelerators. Belfast born Steve is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast. In September 2008, Steve Myers was

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Maria Ferrante

Maria Ferrante’s extraordinary voice was discovered when she sang in a voice class at University. She began studying with some of the greatest singers Franco and continued her studies as far as Beijing to discover aspects of bel canto master, Jiang Jou.

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Alison Lister

Alison Lister, particle physicist at the University of British Columbia, is chasing the smallest particles with the ATLAS and LHC collaborations, with the herculean task of probing the most fundamental constituents of matter that shape our Universe.

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Tara Shears

Tara Shears, experimental Particle Physicist and Royal Society University Research fellow, is working with beauty! That is the LHCb detector which is trying to find out why there's more matter than anti-matter in the universe today.

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TED Ed Animations

Five specially narrated animations on science subjects related to CERN’s research, including content on the Origins of the Universe, Dark Matter, Anti-Matter, Big Data and the Higgs Boson.

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