Talking science: TEDxCERN one year on
Last November, TEDxCERN proved once again to be a popular event enjoyed not only by the CERN community and scientists but also by the public and TED and TEDx audiences online. You can now relive the event through the videos available online, two of which have been selected to feature on TED.com.
With five editions since 2013, TEDxCERN’s success stems from a forward-looking choice of topics, carefully selected speakers with scientists talking about their own work, and thoughtfully curated production. These assets have made this CERN outreach event one of the most featured TEDx conferences, with nine videos from previous editions showcased on the global online platform TED.com, receiving an average of more than 1.25 million views each. From last year’s event, the TED organisation chose Juan Enriquez, a world-renowned life scientist, author and futurist, and the film-making duo Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck, authors of the documentary The Cleaners for TED.com.
“The ‘Elephant in the Room’ theme of last year’s TEDxCERN was a golden opportunity for all our speakers to raise awareness about topics that are not often openly discussed” explained Claudia Marcelloni, curator of TEDxCERN. “We could feature the real reasons behind the fast spreading of fake news, the future-changing potential that gene editing techniques are gently unveiling, blockchain and its unknowns, the decisions that we are making today and that are irreversibly shaping the future.”