What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxUniversityofBirmingham, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUniversityofBirmingham event, TED
Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.


About TEDx

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook
at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

About the Event

Humans: for Better or Worse?

What’s the theme all about?

We want to create an event which focuses on humans and our impact on each other, the world around us and the past, present and future. Our TEDx event will host a range of TEDx speakers on this theme from a variety of different academic, cultural and sociological backgrounds. We really want to make our event as engaging and wide-ranging as possible to generate interesting and thought-provoking discussions.

Speaker applications are now closed.


Aston Webb Main Lecture Theatre

University of Birmingham



B15 2TT

United Kingdom

Date and Time: 10am -5pm, Saturday 16th February 2019.

Schedule: TBC.


Humans: Remembrance

Today, many thousands of people across the UK and Europe gather to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. This honours the estimated six million European Jews systematically murdered during the Holocaust, lasting from early-1941 to mid-1945. To avoid depressing you all with the harrowing details of the atrocity, instead, today I will focus primarily on the liberation …


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