TEDxDublin featured 15 Irish and international speakers on Sept 8th, 2012. Videos coming soon.
Daniel Libeskind, B.Arch. M.A. BDA AIA, is an international architect and designer. His practice extends worldwide from museums and concert halls to convention centers, universities, hotels, shopping centers, and residential projects. Born in Łód´z, Poland in 1946, Libeskind was a virtuoso musician at a young age before giving up music to become an architect. He has received numerous awards and designed world-renowned projects including: Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Denver Art Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the Military History Museum in Dresden, and the masterplan for Ground Zero in New York among others. Daniel Libeskind’s commitment to expanding the scope of architecture reflects his profound interest and involvement in philosophy, art, literature and music. Fundamental to Libeskind’s philosophy is the notion that building are crafted with the perceptible human energy, and that they address the greater cultural context in which they are built. Daniel teaches and lectures at universities across the world. He resides in New York City with his wife and business partner, Nina Libeskind.
Cross works in a variety of media including sculpture, photography, video and installation. She has been exhibiting regularly since the mid-80s and her witty and inventive investigations of contemporary sexual mores and politics tend to be produced in series. Her first major solo shows were ‘Ebb’, at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, in 1988, and ‘Powerhouse’ at the ICA, Philadelphia, the Hyde Gallery and Camden Arts Centre, London, in 1991. During the 90′s she produced two extended series of sculptural works, using cured cowhide and stuffed snakes respectively, which drew on these animals’ rich store of symbolic associations across cultures to investigate the construction of sexuality and subjectivity. In recent years much of Cross’s new work has been a direct result of extensive travel to such remote places such as the Melanesian island of New Ireland in the South Pacific and the Galapagos Islands; Cross’s ongoing attempt to reposition man in nature. and to reflect, in that context, on the evolution of art itself and the role for artists within a world facing increasing environmental and cultural changes. Her work is included in the collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Norton Collection, Santa Monica, Art Pace Foundation, Texas, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Hugh lane Gallery, Dublin, London and the Tate Modern, London, among others.
Luke O’Neill was appointed to the Chair of Biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin in 2008, where he leads the Inflammation Research Group. He is also Academic Director of the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute. He has a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of London and carried out Post-Doctoral research at the Strangeways Laboratory in Cambridge. He has won numerous awards for his research, notably the Royal Irish Academy Medal for Biochemistry, The Irish Society for Immunology medal, the Royal Dublin Society/ Irish Times Boyle medal for Scientific Excellence and the Science Foundation Ireland Researcher of the Year Award 2009. He was elected a member of EMBO in 2005. He is a co-founder and director of Opsona Therapeutics. In 2008 he was appointed Chair of the Immunity and Infection panel of the European Research Council. His research is in the area of the molecular basis to inflammatory diseases, with a particular interest in pro-inflammatory cytokines and Toll-like receptors. He has published over 200 papers and reviews on his research, in journals such as Nature, Science, Cell, Nature Immunology, Nature Medicine, Nature Genetics and PNAS. He is on the editorial boards of 6 journals, including the Journal of Biological Chemistry and Trends in Immunology. He is also on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science, covering Innate Immunity.
Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh
Jane was studying product design at the Royal College of Art in London in 2003, when she had a big idea. What if, instead of having to buy new things all the time, people could adapt and improve the things they already had to work better for them?
From that initial spark of an idea, she led a long and dedicated scientific development process involving a small team of material scientists, designers and business people to develop an entirely new material that could make the idea a reality. The result after 6 years of R&D was sugru – a brand new silicone that’s like play-doh or modelling clay that the user can form into whatever shape they like before it air cures into a tough, flexible, colourful silicone rubber. Used in this way, it can make all kinds of products more comfortable, safer or simply better.
Sugru (inspired by the Irish word for play) was nominated by the London Design Museum for ‘Designs of the Year 2010′ as one of the best designed products in the world, and in November was named alongside the iPad by TIME magazine as one of the top 50 Inventions of 2010.
Ali Grehan is the Dublin City Architect and since her appointment in January 2008 has actively promoted the idea of ‘excellence in the ordinary” in the context of the design and delivery of projects in the city. Prior to her appointment as City Architect, Ali worked on housing projects as part of the urban regeneration of Ballymun, and became its chief architect in 2006. In her earlier career she was a Senior Architect with Fingal County Council and, before that, a member of the Light Rail Project Team that designed and delivered Dublin’s first LUAS lines. Ali initiated and led Dublin’s bid for designation as a World Design Capital 2014. You can find her on twitter at @AliGrehan
Aoife McLysaght is an Associate Professor of Genetics in Trinity College Dublin, where she has led a research group since 2003. She was a member of the international consortium that published the first draft of the Human Genome sequence in 2001; was the first to discover novel human-specific genes, in 2009; and has made many significant contributions to our understanding of the human genome, as well as the genomes of other animals, plants and viruses. She has been recognised as a young leader in her field through the granting of major, prestigious research grants, appointment to editorial roles in high-impact journals, invitations to speak at major international conferences and organisation of international meetings. Aoife takes a keen interest in communicating science to the general public in an engaging and accessible manner. She has given many talks at public events, including music festivals, given numerous radio interviews including on BBC Radio 4, appeared on live TV, contributed to TV science documentaries, and written several articles for the Irish Times science supplement.
Fergal McCarthy is a 39 year old visual artist based in Dublin. Originally a painter in recent years he has become known for his large scale, public art projects on the Liffey. In September 2010, Liffeytown, an installation of floating Monopoly houses was moored on the river for two weeks. Wholly unplanned, the intervention coincided with the arrival of the IMF in Dublin. Photographs of the project soon appeared across the international media as a symbol of Ireland’s economic crisis. In 2011 he lived on the Liffey in a self constructed desert island for a week. No Man’s Land mirrored the country’s new found economic isolation and questioned the ongoing neglect of the river. Also in 2011 his film The Swimmer, was commissioned by the Science Gallery in Trinity College. The artist has had an enduring fascination with the original 1968 film starring Burt Lancaster. He set out to transplant the film’s premise to a Dublin context by swimming across the city. This September he completes his Liffey trilogy with Word River, a 2km long text based intervention located on the quay walls of the Liffey.
Aris Venetikidis, M.A. is a German-Greek Graphic Designer with a passion for map design and public transport network visualisation. His prolific project “Designing an integrated map for a visionary public transport network in Dublin” earned him the IDI Graduate Masters Award and IDI Graduate Grand Prix in 2010, as well as press coverage in major Irish and Greek newspapers. Aris studied at the National College of Art and Design ind Dublin and has been working as a Designer in agencies or as an independent designer and photographer since. He currently resides in Vienna (Austria).
“Higgins is rarer than a blessing of unicorns … she is original and relatively calm, her observations are pithy, her wit delicate, her persona oddly alluring and deftly honest” – The Irish Times. Maeve studied photography in college and worked in a clothes shop until 2004. Then, one magical March evening, she discovered her dream life as a stand-up comedian! Her favourite parts are: 1. Eating in garages late at night, 2. Telling strangers personal things. She has written and performed various shows for festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Festival, the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Kilkenny Comedy Festival and the New Zealand International Festival. Maeve made her own comedy/cookery series for RTE with her sister Lilly called ‘Fancy Vittles’. It was a cult hit! This past year, Maeve has taken a break from touring and focussed on writing, funny writing to be precise, for the The Irish Times and The Irish Independent. She also writes a regular diary piece for RTE Radio 1’s Weekend On One show. Her first book, a collection of essays, will be published by Hachette in October 2012. Maeve has part ownership of a very gentle Alsation.
Serena Brabazon works as an actor, musician, teacher, director and sometime stunt woman in the world of theatre and film- Nama to Nature reflects her deep love for wilderness areas and the Irish countryside. Through Nama to Nature she aims to highlight the catastrophe of the building boom here in Ireland during the celtic tiger years and the dire need this country has for the protection of wilderness areas and reforestation programmes.
Ian Robertson is Professor of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin and was founding Director of Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is director of the NIEL programme (Neuroenhancement for Inequalities in Elder Lives – www.tcd.ie/neuroscience/niel). Previously a senior scientist at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, where he was also a fellow at Hughes Hall, Ian Robertson continues to be a Visiting Professor at University College London, a Visiting Professor at University of Wales at Bangor and is a Visiting Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute, University of Toronto. A graduate of Glasgow University, he gained his Masters (Clinical Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry) and Doctoral (neuropsychology) degrees at the University of London. His research focuses on the neuropsychology of attention and frontal lobe function, brain and cognitive rehabilitation and aging: he has more than 200 published books and articles in this field, including in Nature, Brain, Journal of Neuroscience and Psychological Bulletin. A former science writer for the London Times, his multiply-translated popular science books are Mind Sculpture and the Mind’s Eye and, most recently in 2012, The Winner Effect: How Power Affects Your Brain (London: Bloomsbury). www.thewinnereffect.com twitter: @ihrobertson.
The work of Irish visual-artist Kevin Abosch (kevinabosch.com) has become part of the global cultural landscape. His photographic portraits of some of the most celebrated faces of our time as well as those of relatively unknown citizens, have graced the walls of museums on five continents and appeared on more than 500 magazine covers. In 2010 The Museum of Contemporary Art Novi Sad held a retrospective exhibition of Abosch’s portraiture alongside a series of video installations. Currently on display in Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2, travelers pass the artist’s “FACES OF IRELAND”, a series of 250 large-scale photographic portraits representing the citizenry of the island. Abosch’s latest project “FACES:TECH” is comprised of hundreds of portraits of many of the tech entrepreneurs behind companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter and Skype. A selection of 50 of these portraits were previewed in June 2012 on 13 electronic billboards in Times Square, New York.
Dr. Emma Teeling is a leading international scientist in the cross-cutting fields of mammalian phylogenetics and comparative genomics, with particular expertise in bat biology. She is the Director of the Centre for Irish Bat Research (2008), a research team leader and a tenured Lecturer at University College Dublin. She has published over 50 internationally peer-reviewed papers, many in the top-ranking journals Science and Nature. Currently she is the recipient of a prestigious European Research Council Starting Grant (2012) and was the recipient of a Science Foundation Ireland, President of Ireland Young Researcher Award (2006). Her integrative research in the fields of comparative genomics and conservation biology uncovers the genetic signatures of survival that enables species to adapt to an ever-changing environment. The two mains goals of her research are: (1) study unique model species to enable a better understanding of the structure and function of the human genome to better inform medicine and molecular biology; (2) understand and therefore conserve, natural populations and environments to promote ecosystem well-being and functioning. Her integrative science stems from a multi-disciplinary education and research career. She received a Ph.D. in molecular phylogenetics at Queen’s University, Belfast and the University of California, Riverside, USA (1997-2001). Excited by the potential of using evolutionary unique animals to enhance man’s understanding of his own genome, Dr. Teeling completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, Maryland USA (2002-2005). She returned to Ireland in 2005 to establish her integrative research group at UCD. More information is available at batlab.ucd.ie.
Trevor White was born in Dublin in 1972. He worked as a journalist in New York, Cape Town and London before launching The Dubliner magazine in 2000. Trevor sold the magazine after eight years and in 2011 he launched the Little Museum of Dublin, a people’s museum of the Irish capital, and City of a Thousand Welcomes, a civic initiative to promote tourism and civic pride.
Prof. Linda Doyle is director of CTVR \ the telecommunications research centre and a faculty member in the School of Engineering in Trinity College, University of Dublin. CTVR is a national research centre that carries out industry-informed research in the telecommunications field and is funded by Science Foundation Ireland. Prof. Doyle is a leader in cognitive radio and spectrum management research. Her group has built an international reputation in experimental cognitive radio work and she is a strong advocate in support of more open and progressive spectrum management regimes. As Director of CTVR Prof. Doyle’s interests go beyond the wireless domain and she is responsible for driving and realising the CTVR vision for fixed and wireless networks of the future. Prof. Doyle is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. She is a Director of Xcelerit, a recent CTVR spin-out. She is a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board. Prof. Doyle also has a large interest in the intersection of art & technology with a particular focus on art and telecommunications.