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TEDxBrussels: No Limits

TEDxBrussels: No Limits

TEDxBrussels is back for its 8th edition at Bozar in Brussels on the 6th of March 2017 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The world-renowned TEDx conferences aim to disseminate innovative and positive ideas that can change the world.

TEDxBrussels is unique on the European scene in this aspect and invites artists, entrepreneurs, inventors, researchers and thinkers to share their ideas with the public.

A true spa for the mind, the event touches on a range of subjects – from philosophy and science to art, politics… Subjects that we interact with on a daily basis, and that have a tremendous impact and influence on our lives.

This year, ‘No Limits’ is the thread running through all presentations. Out with the familiar, with limits and borders: only then can we truly take on challenges that at first sight seem insurmountable.

Curator Rudy Aernoudt: “No limits mean that the speakers and artists will be forced to leave their comfort zone and take the audience into a breath-taking experience without borders. It will be an invitation to embrace exciting topics without any boundaries or limits.”

TEDxBrussels is supported by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Brussels and Visit Brussels.

TEDxBrussels has the pleasure to announce the Belgian and International speakers that will help make the 2017 edition a success. They will share their points of view and ideas with the somewhat 1600 attendees at Bozar.

Belgian Speakers:

– Pattie Maes – Professor at the MIT Media Lab. Her areas of expertise are human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence.

– Sang-Hoon Degeimbre – Two-star Chef and owner of Brussels restaurant L’Air du Temps.

– Yeba Olayé – Yeba Olayé is a Belgian-Beninese designer. Two years ago, she left behind her career in management consulting to pursue her dream: create an aspirational luxury brand. Starting with nothing but a sketchbook, this former Business Engineer ultimately turned her vision into reality with her beautiful collection ‘Premiere’.

– Angelo Vermeulen – space systems researcher, biologist, artist. He was selected by NASA to be crew commander of a famous mission that simulated a voyage to Mars.

– Eva Brems – lawyer, activist and professor of human rights at Ghent University. During her short stint in politics, she was the only member of the Belgian Parliament to vote against the face veil ban.

– France Springuel – renowned cellist. Her interpretations are always characterized by their natural quality, their virtuosity and their wealth of subtlety.

International speakers:

– David Nutt – David Nutt is a psychiatrist and professor at the Imperial College London. He uses a range of brain imaging techniques to explore the causes of addiction and other psychiatric disorders and to search for new treatments.

– Beth Healey – Beth is a British doctor who performs research at the Antarctic polar station Concordia for the ESA (European Space Agency). To truly experience what it was like to live at an altitude of 3,233 meter and with temperatures below 80°C, she isolated herself for nine months there. Her mission: gathering data and studying the psychological and physical effects that accompany these extreme circumstances. The data can then be used to prepare for long-lasting space voyages.

– Dave Cornthwaite – adventurer and record breaker. At the core, he is a record-breaking adventurer who has travelled over 19,000 miles in eleven journeys as part of his groundbreaking Expedition1000 project: 25 journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorized transport.

– Carla Diana –designer and inventor who explores the impact of future technologies through hands-on experiments in product design and tangible interaction.

– Thomas Klinger – nuclear physicist and head of the “Stellarator Dynamics and Transport” Division and since 2005 scientific director of the project “Wendelstein 7-X” as well as member of the Directorate of the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik.

– Dominic Eskofier – a huge Virtual Reality advocate and enthusiast, he has been called “the single most influential European Virtual Reality specialist”.

– Kamila Markram – Kamila is a neuroscientist, autism researcher and the co-founder and CEO of Frontiers, a leading Open Access academic publisher and Open Science IT platform on a mission to make science open for the benefit of humanity.

And as cherry on the cake…

At the moment, Bozar hosts Picasso.Sculptures, an exhibition with sculptures from Picasso, that was due to end on the 5th of March. The decision was made to prolong the exhibition with one day, exclusively for the TEDxBrussels attendees (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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