TEDx, the self-organised, non-profit collective, licensed by world renowned TED have just announced more details of upcoming symposium, TedxAlbertopolis, being held next month in the vast-yet-intimate space of the Royal Albert Hall for the very first time.
The central theme, A Tale of Two Cultures, draws on the heritage of Albertopolis, itself a symbol of the symbiotic relationship between the arts and sciences. Hosted by Dr Daniel Glaser, neuroscientist, Director of Science Gallery London and former "scientist in residence" at the ICA, this entertaining and educational half-day of talks will explore how art and science fit together in the modern world. The diverse line-up of speakers includes:
- Max Barclay, collections manager at the Natural History Museum, responsible for 100,000 species of beetles, including specimens collected by Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace.
- David Braben, British videogame legend, and Founding Trustee of the (non-edible) Raspberry Pi foundation.
- Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Dame Sally Davies is the UK Government’s principal medical advisor and Emeritus Professor at Imperial College London.
- John Halpern, the youngest cryptic crossword setter for the papers such as Guardian, The Times, The FT and The Daily Telegraph. You can find his recently published Albertopolis edition crossword over at the Metro – if you want to get your geek on early.
- Artist in residence at the V&A Julia Lohmann is also director of ‘the Department of Seaweed’ – producing unique installations from kelp.
- Nicholas McCarthy, the first one-handed pianist to graduate from the Royal College of Music.
- Roland Lamb, designer, entrepreneur and inventor of the Seaboard, an instrument so new it doesn't even have its own Wikipedia page yet, and is set to 'revolutionise how we make music'.
- Hannah Redler, Head of Media Space and Arts Programme at the Science Museum.
Buggy specimens, seaweed, music, cryptic crosswords, video-games... the keen and curious-minded should book tickets now.
TEDxAlbertopolis takes place on Monday 23 September, 2pm–7pm at The Royal Albert Hall. Tickets £15-£25, book online or contact the Box Office on 020 7589 8212.