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TEDxCERN fourth edition – it’s a wrap!

On 5 November, twelve fearless speakers explored the theme of ‘Ripples of Curiosity’ during the 4th annual TEDxCERN event, which was held in CERN’s main auditorium. In addition to the 400 creative thinkers and doers who attended the event in person, an estimate of 3800 people tuned into the live webcast from home or from one of the 75 live-viewing parties hosted in 33 countries.

One month to go until TEDxCERN 2016 “ripples of curiosity”

This year TEDxCERN will explore how ideas that started as mere ripples in science, technology and education are converging and creating waves of change.

On Saturday 5 November 2016 CERN will host the fourth edition of TEDxCERN, an annual conference which features bold talks by trailblazers in science, technology and the humanities.

Thank you!

TEDxCERN 2014 was a huge success and the organizing team would like to thank our online viewers, participating institutes that hosted online viewing parties, people who attended in-person and everyone who contributed. We will be releasing images and videos of the event online soon. Stay tuned!

Tickets available online!

Applications for TEDxCERN tickets are available online for members of the general public! Please make sure you register by 10 August. Seats are limited. To apply, visit ATTEND.

TEDxCERN wallpapers!

TEDxCERN 2014 wallpapers for your computer/desktop and iPhone are now available here for downloading!


Charting the future

TEDxCERN is happening again and the theme for this year’s event is ‘Forward – Charting the Future with Science’. It will address the essential role that science must play in trying to find solutions to many important issues the world faces today.

The event provides a unique platform at CERN for some of the world’s leading researchers, scientists, developers, designers, and artists to share and build bold visions of the future. What ideas in research, technology, innovation and education could contribute to solving the challenges we see globally?

The talks are online!

If you missed the TEDxCERN 2013 excitement or just want to catch up on the talks from our event last year, the videos are online now. We had also produced five special animations in collaboration with TED Ed on physics topics such as Dark Matter and the Higgs boson. Photos of the event at the Globe are available here and photos of the auditorium event are available here.

Gian Giudice's TEDxCERN is the talk of the day at

The biggest surprise of discovering the Higgs boson? That there were no surprises. Gian Giudice talks us through a problem in theoretical physics: what if the Higgs field exists in an ultra-dense state that could mean the collapse of all atomic matter? With wit and charm, Giudice outlines a grim fate -- and why we shouldn't start worrying just yet. (Filmed at TEDxCERN.)

John's Searle talk at

After only 6 hours of being posted at, John Searle's TEDxCERN talk has been seen by more than 30,000 people!

John describes how "consciousness is the most important aspect of our lives and yet a neglected subject in our scientific and philosophical culture". He goes further to say that, "[Consciousness] is the most important aspect of our lives... It's a necessary condition to anything being important in our lives. If you care about science, philosophy, music, art, whatever, it's no good if you are a zombie or in a coma."

Multiplying Dimensions

Multiplying dimensions

A few weeks ago, I had a vague notion of what TED was, and how it worked, but now I’m a confirmed fan. It was my privilege to host CERN’s first TEDx event last Friday, and I can honestly say that I can’t remember a time when I was exposed to so much brilliance in such a short time.

Review of Session Three

« An adventure in perception in mutliple dimensions »

Wow. Session Three, how good was that?! After George Smoot’s overview of the Standard Model and the next stages for particle physics brought the CERN audiences back from the break, Tara Shears introduced the final session of talks.

Review of Session Two

“Robots are stupid, but people need coffee”

Earlier this afternoon, a brief coffee break provided the audiences at CERN with a chance to mull over the ideas presented by the first session of talks. In the Auditorium and online, the second session of talks was preceded by a live Q&A between Tara Shears and Chris Lintott, looking into the roles of people, computers and robots in the future of science.

Review of Session One

crowd at TEDxCERN auditorium

“Being smarter at using people’s attention.”

What a start to TEDxCERN!

Let’s take stock at the end of Session One. Between Hiranya Peiris’ account of the biggest “Whodunnit” detective story in the Universe, to Marc Abrahams’ tales of the most improbable research around, there has been plenty to think about so far.

Today's the day!

Physics, engineering, computing… day-to-day life here at CERN already runs in several dimensions. But today, we go beyond our usual business as we host TEDxCERN, bringing together some of the brightest minds from a range of disciplines under the theme of “multiplying dimensions”.


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