TEDxCERN breaks the rules

On Friday, 9 October, TEDxCERN brought together 14 ‘rule-breakers’ to explore ideas that push beyond the boundaries of academia. They addressed a full house of 600 audience members, as well as thousands watching the event online.


TEDxCERN broke all the rules this year - starting with its choice of venue. The CMS construction hall at Point 5 was converted into a gala-centre, complete with soundstage and dance floor. It was a stunning transformation that also brought to life the hall’s to-scale photo of the CMS detector. The image served as the back-drop to a light-projection show entitled “Turbulence” by artist François Moncarey (see the video).

From star-singer Imogen Heap to CERN’s own Edda Gschwendtner, the line-up of speakers was as diverse as it was educational. They discussed using tangible interfaces that allow human interaction via e-devices and the potential of 3D technology as a means of revolutionising education and product fabrication, and even explored transformations of matter into habitable structures. You can find the full programme of speakers on the TEDxCERN website.

Whether you missed this year’s event or just want to relive the excitement, check out some of the best shots from TEDxCERN 2015. You can also watch the TED-Ed animation screened at the event: "Where does gold come from?" by CERN's David Lunney.

by Katarina Anthony