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TEDxCERN: events worth experiencing this week


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TEDxCERN 2018 is a whole series of events and initiatives taking place this week (Image: CERN)

TEDxCERN is in the starting blocks. Todayy, 19 November, and tomorrow, inspiring international scientists and world-renowned artists will gather in Geneva to discuss what evolution will bring us in the future. Even if you are not among the almost 1000 lucky holders of a ticket for the main TEDx show taking place at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices in Geneva, keep reading. 

The organisers have planned various opportunities for people to take part in this year’s TEDxCERN event in person or online. This afternoon, the renowned TED speaker and author Juan Enriquez will give a CERN colloquium in the Council Chamber. The event is open to the CERN community and also available via a webcast. Enriquez will discuss how life sciences will become the single biggest driver of the global economy and why physicists may end up driving biology. Almost in parallel, the Globe will become the venue for panel discussions featuring the TEDxCERN 2018 speakers. They will involve the audience in active discussions about digital human rights in a data-driven world and the ethics behind evolving humans – from DNA manipulation to humanoid robots. Although registration for the event is now closed, anyone can take part via webcast.

The main TEDxCERN 2018 event will start at 2 p.m. (CET) on Tuesday. It will address the elephant in the room, exploring the transformative scientific innovation that is affecting the world we live in and tackling the uncertainty of humanity’s destiny as a species. The premiere of a TED-Ed animation on neutron stars and gravitational waves, as well as a video recreating the magic atmosphere of the “Poetic AI” exhibition by Ouchhh creative studio, will feed your thirst for inspiration and imagination. All events are available online – just follow the links.

Many institutes and various locations around the world, including the University of Geneva, will host parallel TEDxCERN events, screening the webcast feed live. There is still time to host your own local event, or simply connect to the main live feeds to enjoy the various events. For more details, see the TEDxCERN website.