Schedule for the Day

Doors open 12:00
Entry into the Theatre Space : 12:30
Session 1 13:00-14:30
Break 1 14:30-15:10
Session 2 15:10-16:15
Break 2 16:15-16:55
Session 3 16:55-18:25
18:30 Finish main event

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Before and after activities

If you can’t wait for the theatre doors to open, we’re teaming up with some great people around the city to give you more opportunities to connect with like-minded TEDxDublin attendees at a selection of pre (and post) conference activities open exclusively to TEDxDublin ticket-holders. (Remember, places are limited!)


Friday 5:30-6:30 pm - Science Worth Spreading: A crash-course in science communication

To kick-start TEDxDublin 2013, Science Gallery will host a fast-paced one-hour event that introduces different ways to communicate your idea. Focusing on science, a diverse mix of people including past TEDxDublin speakers will share their thoughts on spreading ideas. Admission: free but RSVP essential, (remember to bring your TEDxDublin ticket as all events are only open to TEDxDublin ticket holders).



Saturday 10:00-11:00 am – A walking tour of Dublin with TEDxDublin 2012 speaker Ali Grehan

Join Ali Grehan, Dublin City Architect and one of last year’s TEDxDublin speakers, on a walking tour of Central Dublin that will reveal the changes that have shaped and will shape our city. Free to TEDxDublin ticket-holders.

Saturday 10:00-11:00 am – A 10k social run to kick-start your day

Exercise your body before you exercise your brain by getting a run in before the talks. Join us for a non-competitive social run with your fellow TEDxDublin attendees. The run will begin and end at Science Gallery /TCD Sports Centre. Free to TEDxDublin ticket-holders: Book here.

Saturday 10:00-11:00 am – A Liffey kayak with TEDxDublin 2012 speaker Fergal McCarthy

Experience Dublin from a new angle – City Kayaking have invited TEDxDublin attendees to take a guided Kayak trip up the River Liffey with TEDxDublin 2012 speaker Fergal McCarthy. €15 - Email to book:

Saturday 10:00-11:00 am – Graffiti workshop at Mabos

Mabos, the multi-purpose arts space on Hanover Quay, will host a special TEDxDublin-themed graffiti workshop. Exercise your artistic side at this regenerated warehouse pioneered by this year’s TEDxDublin speaker Dave Smith. €15 for TEDxDublin ticket-holders. Book here.

Saturday 10:00-11:00 am – Stand-up paddleboarding with Surf Dock

Have a go at stand-up paddleboarding in the Grand Canal Basin with SurfDock. It’s an invigorating start to the day, and will get you in the right mindset to hear about surfing in Iran from this year’s TEDxDublin speaker Easkey Britton. €10 for TEDxDublin ticket-holders. Call to book: 01-6683945



Saturday 7:30-8:30 pm - A nighttime kayak on the Liffey

If a morning kayak isn’t for you, City Kayaking will take TEDxDublin attendees on a guided Kayak trip up the River Liffey as the sun sets on Dublin. €10 for TEDxDublin ticket-holders. Email to book:



Saturday 9:00 pm ‘til late – The Epic TEDxDublin Afterparty

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgot the all-important afterparty. It’s at a super-secret location. We’ll tell you more when you take your seats in the theatre. €15 for TEDxDublin ticket-holders. More details at the event.


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2013 Speakers

TEDxDublin 2013 Speakers

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Easkey BrittonEaskey Britton sm

Named after the famous west coast break, at 16 Easkey Britton became the first Irish person to surf the ‘hell-wave’ Teahupoo in Tahiti, and has since become Ireland’s 5-time National Champion, and was a Billabong XXL Global big-wave finalist. While finishing her Ph.D. in Marine Science, Easkey became the first woman to surf in Iran. She is currently filming a documentary on her “Waves of Freedom” project, teaching women in the province of Baluchistan, Iran to surf. By bringing her pioneering approach to one of the most isolated and poorest regions in Iran, she is exploring how surfing and creative expression can empower women everywhere.

Cathal Garveycathal garvey sm

Cathal Garvey is the creator of the blog Indie Biotech, his personal endeavour to provide tools, materials and learning resources for biotechnology to individuals worldwide. Worldwide, the DIYbio movement is taking hold and generating renewed interest in community biotech. Cathal provides affordable, Open-Source-DNA development platforms, kits and strains for beginners to learn the engineering of bacteria easily, and perhaps later to facilitate engineering of plants and simple bugs such as Sea Monkeys. He hopes to change the face of biotech, and perhaps change some lives for the better in the process.


Robin InceRobin Ince sm

Robin Ince began as a stand up at age 22 and was runner up in So You Think You’re Funny after a few gigs. He now co-presents a Radio 4 science show with Professor Brian Cox, tours solo shows about rational thinking, science and things that have made him creatively produce live shows such as Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People, The Book Club and Uncaged Monkeys. His first book, Robin Ince’s Bad Book Club is available and most of his second one resides in his mind. He also co-wrote a feature film called Razzle Dazzle which opened the New York Children’s Film festival and did okay in Turkey.


Dave SmithDave Smith sm

Working in the advertising and entertainment sector, Dave Smith has always had an affinity with cultural activity. Eight years ago he set up Kings of Concrete festival, a project that instilled a desire to get a permanent space beyond the festival – an old disused warehouse on Hanover Quay. Mabos was born with the intent to develop a multi-purpose space that continually flips and evolves. This venture into the unknown sparked Dave’s fascination with urban planning, development and progression and his drive to discover how we can work within and around these constraints to help make Dublin a more engaging, entertaining and inspiring place to live.


Fiona NewellFiona_sm

Fiona Newell is a Professor of Psychology in Trinity College Dublin, where her research focuses on the processes of human perception. Fiona leads the Multisensory Cognition Group at the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. The main goal of their research is to understand the brain and behavioural processes involved in the multisensory perception of objects, faces, bodies and scenes. Recently, this research has broadened into investigations of how aesthetics are perceived and how principles of ‘neuroaesthetics’ can be applied in design. Fiona has published over 60 papers in many of the leading journals in psychology and neuroscience.

Lisa DomicanLisa Domican sm

Lisa Domican is a Wicklow based mother of two autistic children. She set up the company Grace App Communication, and developed a simple picture communication app in collaboration with a successful games developer that allows non verbal people with Autism and other disabilities to communicate effectively. In interacting with people with autism, Lisa advocates in ‘the 3 As’: Awareness, Acceptance and making Allowances. She hopes through using these steps people can help reduce the challenges that make having living with autism in a world designed for “normal” people so stressful.

Seán LoveSean Love sm

Seán Love is Executive Director of Fighting Words Creative Writing Centre, which he co-founded with author Roddy Doyle. Located in the shadow of Croke Park in Dublin’s north inner city, Fighting Words provides free tutoring and mentoring in creative writing to students of all ages, and has hosted more than 40,000 children and young adults since opening in January 2009. Seán believes that creative writing is an essential part of every child’s education and feels Fighting Words helps students of all ages explore their love of writing. Inspired by Dave Eggers’ 826 Valencia project in the US, it has itself inspired several similar centres around Europe.
Fergus McAuliffeFergus McAuliffe sm

Fergus McAuliffe is an environmental scientist at University College Cork. He is passionate about environmental sustainability through constructed wetlands and learning new techniques from nature, as well as science communication. Fergus won the first Fame Lab Ireland, a competition hosted by the British Council at Science Gallery earlier this year. He went on to compete against 20 countries and win the international title at the Cheltenham Science Festival. As a scientist, Fergus works at the interface of the man-made world and the natural world, and investigates ways of using plants to sustainably protect our environment from harmful wastes.


Constantin GurdgievConstantin Gurdgiev sm

Constantin Gurdgiev is a lecturer in Finance with Trinity College, Dublin, former editor of Business and Finance Magazine, and a regular contributor to Tonight With Vincent Browne on TV3. Constantin feels that global economy is shifting toward more human capital-intensive growth, driven by changing nature of entrepreneurship, creativity, and altering the relationship between risk taking, risk management and returns to labour. In this age of what he calls Human Capital, existent systems of political power distribution, taxation and public services will undergo a revolutionary transformation, presenting a major challenge to the advanced economies and their social democracies.

Niamh O’MahonyNiamh_sm

Niamh O’Mahony is Applications Engineering Team Leader at Shimmer in Dublin, where she has worked at providing tools to make sensed signals easier to interpret. Niamh’s work on biosensors is bringing about changes in access to information for health professionals and patients alike.  She believes in the importance of bringing science to the masses and cultivating curiosity in all minds, young and old. She has been involved in numerous schemes to encourage school-leavers to consider a career in engineering and has recently worked with Science Gallery to teach the general public about the physiological signs and effects of risk-taking.

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Shane O’Mara is Professor of Experimental Brain Research at the School of Psychology in Trinity College Dublin, and the Director of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. Shane’s research centres on examining how the brain makes memories. He explores what life would be like without memory, our enduring personal record of our hopes, experiences, desires, wishes, needs, loves and hatreds. He is particularly interested in how memories are encoded by neurons in the brain, and how this encoding is affected by psychiatric or other conditions. Shane is also interested in public policy applications and counterfactual interpretations of neuroscience, and has published over 100 papers in these areas.


Kevin Thornton

Kevin Thornton is Chef Proprietor of Michelin starred Thornton’s Restaurant on Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green. Widely regarded as Ireland’s best chef, he has been a food writer for many publications including The Sunday Business Post and The Gloss magazine, has worked with RTÉ on various culinary shows, and has co-presented the Foodtalk radio series on Newstalk. Kevin’s passion to bring excellence to the plate has made him Ireland’s first ever chef to have received 2 Michelin stars. His contemporary cooking is informed by the distinctive flavours of local produce and is inspired by his keen appreciation for nature.

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Ian Brunswick

Lead organiser

As the Events and Community Manager at Science Gallery, Ian oversees Science Gallery’s yearly programme of over 100 events and is the lead organiser for TEDxDublin and Dublin Mini Maker Faire. He has a passion for Science Communication and for developing new models of engagement for museums and cultural institutions. You can find him at @ianbrunswick on twitter.

Rowan Manahan

Speaker Selection and Presentation Preparation

Rowan is the Presenter Mentor. He has spent over 20 years shouting (intermittently) helpful advice at clients preparing for presentations of all shapes and sizes. Rowan has been a TED-junkie since it went public in 2006 and has been involved in TEDxDublin since its inception in 2009, finding, minding and wrangling speakers. He’s @PresenterMentor on twitter

Shaun O’Boyle


Shaun did a Ph.D in biochemistry before moving into full-time science communication. He is the Events Officer at Science Gallery and he also produces radio – he  makes and presents the Science Gallery podcast, and is working on his first science documentary for Newstalk. He can’t decide if his favourite TEDTalk is this one by Brian Cox or this one by Carolyn Porco. He’s @shaunoboyle.

Gary Mc Ginty

Stage Design & Social Media

An Architect from Achill Island currently Art Directing on Moone Boy 2, Gary has worked in feature film and TV on battles with King Arthur, building the GPO on Michael Collins to epic adventures with Denis Hopper on Space Truckers. Has been scribbling down the back of the class for the past 30 years. and on twitter- @garymcginty.  Co-Founder of and involved in TEDxDublin since its inception in 2009.

Sarah Flanagan

Production Assistant

Diane McSweeney

Production Assistant


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Lead partner: Science Foundation Ireland

TEDxDublin is proud to again be supported by our lead partner Science Foundation Ireland.

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) invests in academic researchers and research teams who are most likely to generate new knowledge, leading edge technologies and competitive enterprises in the fields of science and engineering underpinning three broad areas:

- Biotechnology
- Information and communications technology
- Sustainable energy and energy-efficient technologies

SFI makes grants based upon the merit review of distinguished scientists.

SFI also advances co-operative efforts among education, government, and industry that support its fields of emphasis and promotes Ireland’s ensuing achievements around the world.


Partner: RenaissanceRe

TEDxDublin is also delighted to be supported once more by our partner, Renaissance Re.

Founded in Bermuda in 1993, RenaissanceRe is now one of the world’s largest and most successful reinsurers of natural and man-made catastrophes.

Their management expertise, disciplined underwriting approach, sophisticated risk models and responsive client service have earned them a reputation for excellence throughout the industry. This success has also led RenaissanceRe to achieve a consistent record of exceptional financial performance for their shareholders.

Accommodation Partner: The Marker
Accommodation Partner: The Marker

TEDxDublin are proud to call The Marker our Accommodation Partner this year.

The Marker is Dublin’s newest, luxury design hotel located on Grand Canal Square in the heart of the city’s most vibrant new business and cultural quarter.

The Hotel, with its iconic architecture and interior design, features a stunning ground floor cocktail bar and brasserie as its centre-piece. The Marker’s features luxurious and well-appointed bedrooms, luxury suites and the city’s most appealing presidential suite. The Spa features four spacious treatment rooms with a designated relaxation area, a 23 metre infinity pool with further amenities including a large whirlpool, sauna, steam room and a fitness area.


Print Partner: Custodian
Print Partner: Custodian

TEDxDublin is delighted to announce that Custodian will once again be our Print Partners for the event. Established in 1992, Custodian is a wholly owned Irish company. They provide creative services, procurement and management of marketing collateral, logistics to our clients all managed through online portal.

Their diverse client base ranges across the financial, telecommunications, FMCG and semi-state sectors, and we work with a number of Ireland’s leading brands. Their aim is to gather information, add their knowledge, and deliver their promise to give their clients competitive advantage, with quality and value.


If you are interested in supporting TEDxDublin, we are seeking creative partners who wish to contribute to, or financially support our great event.  Please get in touch with

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