TedxGalway Organiser
Iain Mac Labhrainn
Director of Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching,
NUI Galway

TedxGalway Speakers

On June 11th, 2010, TedxGalway was held. It encompassed a group of thinkers, makers and doers, gathered for a stimulating afternoon of presentations, discussions, entertainment and art that sparked new ideas. The speakers were as follows:

Louis de Paor (Poet, Scholar of Irish Studies) & Ronan Browne (Piper) & Naisrín Elsafty (Vocal Harmony)

And another thing: a performance of music and poetry...

“Descartes, Isaac Newton, Galileo and Stephen Hawking lurk in the lush undergrowth of this intriguing collaboration. Anchored by the sensual Irish language poetry of Louis de Paor, piper Ronan Browne doesn’t so much paint an aural landscape as stitch it seamlessly around every syllable, swaddling de Paor’s richly spoken words in a tapestry laden with left-field sound samples and quotidian reminders of life’s ordinary magic. The sheer cinematic scope of Browne’s music is revelatory, sundered from any cosy notions of traditional music convention. Armenian duduk, keyboards and the spine-tingling vocals of Zahrah and Naisrín Elsafty dig deeper still beneath the skin of de Paor’s compelling poetry. A revelatory collaboration that glistens in the heat forged by its own spirit of adventure.”
—Siobhán Long, The Ticket, The Irish Times 19/03/10 >>

Jenny Beale
Brigit’s Garden

Nature, Celtic mythology and the human spirit – the story of Brigit’s Garden

Jenny Beale founded Brigit’s Garden in 2004 out of her passion for nature and the environment. She grew up on a farm in England and prior to setting up the garden she worked for many years in adult education. She became fascinated by Celtic heritage after moving to Ireland in the 1980s, and now lives on the Connemara coast in Barna village.

Lionel Pilkington
Scholar of Drama & Theatre

Performing, performance and Ireland

Lionel Pilkington’s talk considers some of the ways in which the word ‘performance’, with its exuberant and conspicuous theatricality, has been adopted by a business-oriented culture as a synonym for accelerated efficiency. The argument is that ‘performance’ - understood especially in the Irish context where it has such deep historical roots and is often associated with the role stage Irishman - points more fruitfully to the ways in which innovation is grounded in critical thinking and thinking differently. This is a mode of thinking that is capable of viewing the normal as constructed, performed, subject to change. Lionel’s argument is that Ireland needs the humanities now more than ever: understood in this way, performance encapsulates what the humanities do best--critical thinking for a thinking society. Lionel is Senior Lecturer in English and Head of the School of Humanities at NUI, Galway. His book Theatre & Ireland will be published by Palgrave/Macmillan in summer 2010.

Aileen Fyfe

The Victorian Information Revolution

Aileen Fyfe lectures in the history of science and technology at NUIG. She is interested in the communication and popularisation of science, particularly in the nineteenth century. She has published books on science and religion, and popular science in the marketplace, and is currently finishing a book on the impact of steam technologies on the availability of information.

Abhay Pandit
Biomedical Engineer

The Last Frontier: Biomimicry

Prof. Abhay Pandit is the Director of a Science Foundation Ireland funded Strategic Research Cluster “Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials” (NFB) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Prof Pandit has over 20 years of experience in the field of designing biomaterials for tissue engineering applications. Prof Pandit current research programme hosts several patented technology platforms associated with the development of implantable biomaterials for clinical applications. Functionality to these forms is achieved through custom chemistries which facilitate the attachment of surface tethered moieties or encapsulated therapeutic factors including drugs, genes and other active agents.

Mike Redfern

Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are...

Prof Redfern is an astrophysicist and was the national coordinator for events in Ireland for International Year of Astronomy (2009). He has given many public talks on a range of subjects and hosts tours of the university observatory.

Lokesh Joshi
Stokes Professor of Glycoscience

Glycoscience - the sweet and sticky language of biology

Lokesh Joshi is Stokes Professor of Glycosciences at NUI Galway. His laboratory studies the role of carbohydrates in organisms, from bacteria to humans ; in health and in diseases. He is the director of Science Foundation Ireland funded Alimentary Glycoscience Research Cluster investigating the role of carbohydrates in host-microbial ecology in the gut. He is also leading a European Union funded consortium on developing novel technologies for the detection of cancer.