Speakers, performers and contributors to the TEDxCERN series

The Agalma Foundation asks the question, what does creativity look like and where does it come from? In order to discover the roots of improvisation, the Agalma foundation provides an environment where scientists can connect with artists and explore improvisation from both a biological and psychological perspective.
Laura Baudis is a physicist looking for dark matter deep underground. “The nature of the matter which holds galaxies together is one of the greatest unresolved problems in science,” Baudis said.
Shannon Dosemagen co-founded a non-profit organization that bridges the gap between environmental research and the impacted communities. As the co-founder and CEO of Public Lab, Dosemagen engages with communities and helps design do-it-yourself research tools for grass-roots science.
Matan Field is a blockchain researcher and entrepreneur. While researching String Theories in the academy, he has discovered the blockchain at the end of 2013 and founded La’Zooz, a decentralized ride-sharing network. Later Matan has founded Backfeed to develop the concept of decentralized governance and the protocol basis for decentralized autonomous organisations (DAO).
Samira Hayat deeply believes that technology is the solution to many global problems. Her engineering work at the University of Klagenfurt is redefining the role drones play in society.
Brij Kothari is the founder of PlanetRead, a not-for-profit organization that pioneered the concept of “Same-Language Subtitling” to promote mass literacy.
Accidents happen, but biotechnology expert Stephanie Lacour is working to make them less debilitating. Her research cultivates soft and flexible prosthetics and biological implants which can seamlessly integrate into a person’s body and revive the function of damaged limbs and neurons.
Dennis Lo is a professor of chemical pathology and developed a non-invasive technique for prenatal testing. From a small sample of a mother’s blood plasma, Lo discovered how to isolate and amplify the baby’s DNA.
Gary F. Marcus wants to build a human mind from scratch. His research at New York University combines psychology, linguistics, and molecular biology to map the inner workings of the brain and deconstruct common sense scientifically.
Eleonore Pauwels is a science policy expert who explores ethical governance and crafts regulations for emerging technologies. She is particularly interested in the perils and promises of DNA editing, which involves replacing faulty genes to treat and cure diseases.
Sheila Rowan started gravity wave research almost thirty years ago during her undergraduate studies at the University of Glasgow. Today, she is now the director of the Institute for Gravitational Research at Glasgow and a contributor to the LIGO observatory, the world’s largest gravitational wave observatory.
Kate Stafford suspects that the ocean’s babble holds many secrets about the globally changing environment. As an oceanographer at the University of Washington, she is recording the impact of the melting polar icecap by listening to the water that lies underneath.

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