'One Step Further' - TEDx Conference 2017

"One small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind" - the first man to take a step on the surface of the moon, Neil Armstrong.

Now sit back and imagine that you have completed a task. A task that has been sitting on your to-do list: a deadline that you met, a research project that you wrote up, a trip that you have finished. You can cross it over and mark as 'done' . It has been completed, it is in the past, you can move forward.

Imagine a world where this is the only routine, where people only meet deadlines, cross out the completed projects and move on to what ' s next on their to-do list. There are no innovations, surprises, failures, no ups and downs, no life lessons, no discoveries, and yes - exactly - no TED talks! All these things happen when we take a step further . When deadlines and projects do not confine us to simply complete them and move on. Only when we take one step further is when the magic happens. That's where the road to innovation, discovery, surprise, improvement and progress begin.

Just like many things in life taking one step further is an act that is relative. One step further can be everything from a shy individual getting up on a stage to someone embarking on a journey to the outer space. It is therefore about breaking boundaries. Taking a one step further is also in the little things and not just the ' big, historical steps ' : challenging the norm in everyday life, setting personal goals, being truly dedicated to a cause and fighting for it.

It is behind the door that opens when the task becomes more than a task, when a goal requires going beyond the limits, when a vision requires more than available tools, that's when we need to go one step further - beyond comfort zones, habits, subject areas and conventional methods. When we need to make our own, new path, in order to make that vision come true, to solve that puzzle, to figure it out. All in an attempt to better understand the world and make it a better place.

TEDx University of Glasgow 2017

In March 2017, at the annual TEDx University of Glasgow conference, we intend to showcase a number of speakers who have taken, or are on the verge of taking, one step further - in their lives, careers, hobbies, research and more. We aim to inspire and persuade our audience that one step further opens doors to new fields, lifestyles, innovations and discoveries by illustrating our motivation with examples brought by the extraordinary people sharing their stories on our stage.

2017 : Speakers at One Step Further

TEDxUniversityofGlasgow proudly presents the speakers for our 2017 Conference below. The 'Watch Talk' buttons will become active following the event on Saturday the 4th March 2017. Enjoy the Conference !




Amal Azzudin

Amal Azzudin is a campaigner for human rights and social justice in Scotland. Within the Mental Health Foundation she takes responsibly for the development and delivery of new and innovative work with asylum seekers and refugees. Amal has a BA in Community Development and an MSc in Human Rights and International Politics from the University of Glasgow. Amal is well known as one of the Glasgow Girls, a group of seven school girls from Drumchapel High School who campaigned to stand up against dawn raids, detention and deportation of asylum seekers in Glasgow. The Glasgow Girls story has since been turned into two BBC documentaries, a stage musical and a television musical drama. Amal continues to campaign and has visited refugees in Greece and Calais. In August 2016, Amal was named as one of the Saltire Society's Outstanding Women of Scotland inductees alongside such illustrious company as JK Rowling, Annie Lennox and Sarah Brown.

Ellen Simmons

Despite her avid ability to construct IKEA furniture from a young age, Ellen didn't know what an engineer was until she decided to go to university. Bridging the gap between her interests in biology and physics, Biomedical Engineering was an ideal career choice, and Ellen's passion for her field gave her the motivation to ensure other young girls would be aware of the options available for them across the engineering discipline. The FemEng society was formed in 2013 at the University of Glasgow to provide a support network for current students and to facilitate outreach activities towards schools and colleges. Little did they know they would find themselves in the capital city of Rwanda only three years later.

Erin Kilborn

A doctor, a humanitarian, an explorer. Erin Kilborn is a Glasgow-trained physician working both on the front lines of the NHS in Scotland, and in the field with organisations such as MSF (Doctors without Borders) and as expedition doctor in varied environments including the jungles of Borneo, post-earthquake Haiti, the capital of war-torn Central African Republic, and the Peruvian Amazon. Through stories and snapshots of her varied experiences, she shares with you why communication is the centre of what makes a good doctor, and helps us advance our personal and professional relationships to enrich our own life experience, but especially maximises the positive, and sometimes negative impact on the people around us.

John Lindberg

John works as Technology Officer for Weinberg Next Nuclear, the world's only charity promoting advanced nuclear power and is an Associate Member of Scientists for Accurate Radiation Information. He currently researches nuclear fear, risk communication strategies, and misconceptions surrounding nuclear waste management. John spent three years as a policy adviser in the Scottish Parliament, as well as having spent time in Westminster and the European Parliament. He represented the UK in the Young European Council's Energy & Climate Action Committee, serving as Secretary-General. He graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2016 with a degree in Political Sciences, before enrolling for an MA in Climate Change at King's College, London.

Lovisa Sundin

A Swedish fourth-year undergraduate in computing science and psychology at University of Glasgow. Since high school, she has been fascinated by the nature of mental imagery and the role of metaphors in underpinning abstract thought. This has driven her to the technical challenge of representing mathematical and computational concepts through visual metaphors, and inspired ideas of how encouraging this could improve education. When she doesn't study - or tries to visualise what she studies - she enjoys coffee, walking and writing.

Oudai Tozan

A holder of two master degrees, a winner of the Chevening Scholarship and a previous champion in swimming. Oudai has finished a BSc and MSc in Human Resource Management in his home country, Syria, and recently he finished his second MSc in International Business and Entrepreneurship with a distinction from the University of Glasgow. He has a strong passion for learning, development and community service, which he plans to continue the rest of his career supporting these fields.

Ross Anderson

Having battled mental health issues, panic disorder, and being sentenced to 2 years in jail at 23 Ross is now a motivational speaker and coach with his area of expertise concentrating on human potential with a focus on the scientific systems. He studied positive psychology, neuroscience, sleep, social and psychological disorders at Glasgow University. Ross is a member of the BPS and a fully qualified personal trainer and life coach. As a result of viewing the pain of many, including himself, he decided to be a source of motivation and mentor for those who wish to live their lives to the fullest. His mission is to help 1 million lives actualise their potential.

Roland Kao

Rowland Kao is Professor of Mathematical Population Biology in the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow. Originally trained in Condensed Matter Physics, after his Ph.D. he moved to the field of infectious disease epidemiology, specialising in understanding the population dynamics of diseases of livestock. He first began applying the principles of social networks in the transmission of disease to understanding how foot-and-mouth disease spread so rapidly throughout Britain in 2001. Among other research questions he works on, he now uses combinations of genetic and network data to understand the role of badgers in the transmission of bovine Tuberculosis in British cattle. He regularly provides evidence to the Scottish Government and Defra on the control of livestock diseases, and he is a founding member and past director of the Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health. Rowland will be talking about how social networks help us to understand connectivity in everything from diseases to relationships to American politics.

Ryan Murdoch

Rowland Kao is Professor of Mathematical Population Biology in the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow. Originally trained in Condensed Matter Physics, after his Ph.D. he moved to the field of infectious disease epidemiology, specialising in understanding the population dynamics of diseases of livestock. He first began applying the principles of social networks in the transmission of disease to understanding how foot-and-mouth disease spread so rapidly throughout Britain in 2001. Among other research questions he works on, he now uses combinations of genetic and network data to understand the role of badgers in the transmission of bovine Tuberculosis in British cattle. He regularly provides evidence to the Scottish Government and Defra on the control of livestock diseases, and he is a founding member and past director of the Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health. Rowland will be talking about how social networks help us to understand connectivity in everything from diseases to relationships to American politics.

Steve Backshall

Rowland Kao is Professor of Mathematical Population Biology in the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow. Originally trained in Condensed Matter Physics, after his Ph.D. he moved to the field of infectious disease epidemiology, specialising in understanding the population dynamics of diseases of livestock. He first began applying the principles of social networks in the transmission of disease to understanding how foot-and-mouth disease spread so rapidly throughout Britain in 2001. Among other research questions he works on, he now uses combinations of genetic and network data to understand the role of badgers in the transmission of bovine Tuberculosis in British cattle. He regularly provides evidence to the Scottish Government and Defra on the control of livestock diseases, and he is a founding member and past director of the Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health. Rowland will be talking about how social networks help us to understand connectivity in everything from diseases to relationships to American politics.

Dr. Paul McCarthy

Dr. Paul McCarthy is a lecturer and researcher in psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University. He practises privately as a sport and exercise psychologist at St Andrews Links Golf Academy serving amateur and professional golfers on various international tours. His research examines issues within applied sport psychology and various constructs within positive psychology. As well as publishing peer - reviewed research, he also publishes academic and popular books on sport and exercise psychology.

Elizabeth Dirth

Rowland Kao is Professor of Mathematical Population Biology in the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow. Originally trained in Condensed Matter Physics, after his Ph.D. he moved to the field of infectious disease epidemiology, specialising in understanding the population dynamics of diseases of livestock. He first began applying the principles of social networks in the transmission of disease to understanding how foot-and-mouth disease spread so rapidly throughout Britain in 2001. Among other research questions he works on, he now uses combinations of genetic and network data to understand the role of badgers in the transmission of bovine Tuberculosis in British cattle. He regularly provides evidence to the Scottish Government and Defra on the control of livestock diseases, and he is a founding member and past director of the Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health. Rowland will be talking about how social networks help us to understand connectivity in everything from diseases to relationships to American politics.