27 March 2015
Since its first appearance in 2010, TEDxCardiff has continued to inspire a global audience with ideas worth spreading.
Cardiff University is delighted to once again sponsor the sell-out event at the Wales Millennium Centre (Saturday 28 March).
TED is a non-profit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Independently run TEDx events, like TEDxCardiff, help share ideas in communities around the world.
The event, which starts at noon and will be live streamed to the web, opens with a talk from Professor of Sustainable Design and Head of the Welsh School of Architecture, Chris Tweed.
His interests and experience span architecture, anthropology, philosophy and technology. After first studying architecture, Professor Tweed has spent his working life researching diverse topics in and around the built environment. His work on design software and intelligent systems has led to an enduring interest in how people interact with the designed world.
He has worked on a range of projects as diverse as investigating assistive technologies for the elderly, work at BT Labs on the internet of things, and studies of how people perceive built cultural heritage in cities. His recent research focuses on how people respond to systems designed by others to reduce energy consumption.
Dr Haley Gomez is an astrophysicist in the School of Physics and Astronomy. She works on using the most sensitive infrared cameras in space to reveal the origins of cosmic dust grains – the building blocks of life.
Her research has been recognized with the Royal Astronomical Society Fowler Award for noteworthy contribution for an early career researcher. In 2015 she was awarded a prestigious and highly competitive grant worth €1.8M to measure the dust content of galaxies since the Big Bang.
Throughout her career, she has taken a leading role in bringing research to the public and, in particular, encouraging girls and children from disadvantaged backgrounds. She received an Inspire Wales Award in 2014 for most inspirational person in the Science and Technology Category for this work.
Professor Richard Sambrook is Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.
He began his career as a newspaper reporter in South Wales before joining BBC Radio in 1980. He has edited many national news programmes on radio and TV and travelled widely covering major news events before becoming Head of Newsgathering across all BBC services. He subsequently spent a decade on the board of the BBC as Director of Sport, Director of News and finally Director of Global News and the World Service.