Edison Red’s David Bliss to host TEDx Whitehall 2016

Blog post by Michael Miller, Operations Director at Edison Red… 

Our very own founder will be hosting this exclusive TEDx event, and helping to prep some of the high-calibre speakers in the run-up…

Chances are you’ve heard of idea-sharing giant TED. Their talks have generated millions of avid online fans, thanks to a vast repertoire of quirky and inspiring material from hugely influential speakers like Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Edison Red fave Sir Ken Robinson.

TEDx events are independent versions of the main TED conference, bringing diverse and exciting live speakers and performers to local communities. All TEDx talks are filmed and posted online. The most watched TEDx talk to date – ‘How great leaders inspire action’ by Simon Sinek – has so far earned an incredible 27 million views on the TED site alone.

At Edison Red we’re huge fans of TED and the way they’ve helped to raise the world’s presentation skills. So we’re extremely proud to announce that David has been chosen to host the exclusive science-themed TEDx Whitehall 2016 on Wednesday 21 September at Soho Theatre, London. He’ll doubtless also be using his coaching skills to help the speakers prepare in the run up to the event.

TEDx Whitehall 2016 is an invitation-only event, backed by the Government Office for Science, the Royal Society and Central St Martins MA Art and Science. The exclusive guest list of 100 includes many delegates from the governmental institutions around Whitehall.

The theme of TEDxWhitehall 2016, The Scientific Angle, is centred around how scientific ways of thinking are used across a range of different fields. Confirmed speakers include:

Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) and Head of the Government Office for Science since April 2013. As GCSA Mark is co-chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology (CST)

Cat Drew, Hybrid policymaker and designer, with over 10 years experience of working in government, including Cabinet Office and No.10, plus a post-graduate education in design.

Colin Brown, Infectious Diseases Advisor for King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP), and was heavily involved in the clinical and public health response to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa in 2014 and 2015.

Byoung Min, A final year PhD Student at the Rothamsted Research Centre, the world’s oldest agricultural research institute.

Ewan Birney, Director of EMBL-EBI. Ewan played a vital role in annotating the genome sequences of human, mouse, chicken and several other organisms; this work has had a profound impact on our understanding of genomic biology.

Tim Leunig, Chief analyst and chief scientific adviser at the [UK] Department for Education, and economic adviser on housing supply at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Katie Lavin, Troop Captain of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. Based in Woolwich, their duties include the firing of Royal Salutes in Hyde Park and Green Park on Royal Anniversaries and State Occasions.

Marcus du Sautoy, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, University of Oxford.

Julius Colwyn, Approaching his practice from a background in Art History and Philosophy, Julius Colwyn has used his MA in Art and Science to escape disciplinary constraints and explore how life’s various systems interlink.

Frances Corner, Head of London College of Fashion and Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London.

Stephen Lovegrove, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence.

Nick Talbot, who recently became the first person with cystic fibrosis to climb Mount Everest.

A full list of speakers and performers can be found at the TED site here

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