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Inaugural TEDxCERN Event to Take Place in May 2013

The inaugural TEDxCERN event will take place on 3 May 2013, under the theme ‘Multiplying Dimensions’, at the Globe of Science and Innovation with a Live Webcast at the CERN1 Main Auditorium and at homepage.

Going beyond particle physics, the event, organized with the generous support of Rolex, will provide a stage for the expression of science in multiple disciplines, unveiling bold, new insights into emerging research and innovations that may fundamentally shape the course of things to come.

"At TEDxCERN, we are opening the door to a multiverse of scientific disciplines, showcasing the many ways that science is present in all our lives," said Sergio Bertolucci, Director for Research and Scientific Computing at CERN. With the aim of inspiring young people to become a part of the new generation of scientists, TEDxCERN will also be webcast at participating institutes around the globe. The event will have special hosts, including Nobel laureate George Smoot.

“Rolex is proud to support TEDxCERN, the latest example of our commitment to science and innovation,” said Arnaud Boetsch, Director Communication & Image of Rolex SA. “The event’s stated values of ‘Research, Training, Innovation and Technology’ exactly mirror our own and have been the touchstone of the company since its founding.”

The speakers for TEDxCERN range from pioneers to young scientists: George Church, on recent breakthroughs with DNA; Londa Schiebinger, historian, on gendered innovation; Chris Lintott, on how to discover a planet from your sofa; Hiranya Peiris, winner of the 2012 RAS Fowler Prize, on the early universe; John Searle, philosopher, on consciousness as a biological phenomenon; Maya Tolstoy on seafloor earthquakes; Ian Foster on Big Data; Marc Abrahams, MC of the Ig Nobel Awards and editor of theAnnals of Improbable Research, on why all good -- and some bad -- research is improbable; Eliezer Rabinovici and Zehra Sayers on SESAME, a ground breaking research project in the Middle East that is bringing together Egyptian, Israeli, Jordanian, Palestinian, Turkish, Pakistani, and Iranian scientists; Brittany Wenger, 18-year-old scientist and Grand Prize Winner 2012 Google Science Fair, on Research and Inspiration; Lee Cronin on how chemistry can revolutionize modern technology; Becky Parker, winner of the first RAS Patrick Moore Medal, on why you are never too young to be a research scientist; and Gian Giudice, theoretical physicist, on what the current Higgs measurement could mean for the future of the Universe.

The entire programme and speakers bios are available on our home page

The organizing team hopes to inspire, encourage, and celebrate scientific thinking through these talks, and above all, convey that science matters to everyone.

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