And the videos are online!

Thanks everyone who was there for making it such a great day, from our audience to our speakers and the staff of the Manchester Museum.

A playlist of the videos on Youtube is here.

We hope to see you at a next event!

Provisional running order

4.00 Walk-in at Manchester Museum
4.30 Shahbaz Hussain
4.55 Clive Agnew
5.20 TED talk 1
5.45 Julian Dodd
6.10 dinner
7.20 Nancy Elizabeth
7.45 Terry Jones
8.10 TED Talk 2
8.35 Elliot Woods
9.00 Bar
The idea of a TEDx event is to interact during the breaks. In this case, over dinner and then over a drink.

Final Speaker: Nancy Elizabeth

Nancy Elizabeth releases her third album for The Leaf Label in May, lifting off the lid of her piano and finding new emotion in her transfixing songs. Always one to do things in her own time Nancy closed the doors to temptations and travel and tours and stayed in her small, cold flat in Manchester, with a little piano, a computer and the occasional guest to help out. In small places epic things are dreamt up. You can hear all this in her new suite of songs.


Before the album is released, Nancy will make two UK live appearances. One with her new live band – at the Vortex in London and the other solo as part of a TEDxUniversityofManchester.


Nancy’s two previous albums are much loved by admirers of sensitive, playful, open-hearted songwriters, as well hip hop mavericks that adore her natural gait and style. She has collaborated with artists such as Paul White, James Yorkston and James Blackshaw and does things her own way. Her albums have drawn on travels (to the Faroe Islands and rural Spain) and was as much influenced by the minimalism of Arvo Pärt and Steve Reich as by the choral harmonies of Judee Sill and the bare expression of Leonard Cohen’s early records.

For us, Nancy will be performing her new single and a few other songs, but she’ll also talk about the process of songwriting and what inspires her.

Fifth Speaker: Terry Jones

We can confirm that our final speaker will be Terry Jones, currently working for The PET Research Advisory Company. Terry Jones is a former Professor of Molecular Imaging at the University of Manchester and was a pioneer in brain functional imaging and led the introduction of Positron Emitting Tomography (PET) in the UK. His talk will be entitled, ‘Implementing a vision of imaging the human brain, what did we learn?‘ and will reflect on what was learnt with regard to innovation in brain imaging over the course of Jones’ career.

Provisional Programme and Registration


TEDxUniversityofManchester will be held in the Kanaris Lecture Theatre at the Manchester Museum on 28 March 2013 from 4pm to 9pm including refreshments. TED is a non-profit organization devoted to ‘ideas worth sharing.’ TEDx is an independently organised TED event linked to a specific location, in our case the University of Manchester. During the event there will be around 8 speakers, 5 of which have been confirmed so far:

Professor Clive Agnew, Vice President for Teaching, Learning & Students at the University of Manchester will be talking about the future of university education in the 21st century.

Shahbaz Hussain, a world renowned tabla player will come and play the tabla and discuss teaching the art of Tabla.

Elliot Woods, one half of Kimchi and Chips will talk about the installations he makes with his partner Mimi Son. Their installations challenge the way people relate to each other and their environments.

Professor Julian Dodd, lecturer at the University of Manchester will discuss the intersections between music and philosophy.

Singer Songwriter Nancy Elizabeth conjures up beautiful atmospheres with her enchanting songs in between which she will talk about the process of writing those songs.

Space is limited to 100 seats, so if you are interested in attending this TEDx event, we ask that you write a short 150 word statement describing who you are, and what you think you can gain or give to TEDxUniversityofManchester Send this to us at and follow us via this website.

After we have made a selection of invitees you will be asked to pay a £10 registration fee.

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