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  • Joyashree Roy: Human beings hold the key to a solution

    The fire that burns a hand also cooks our food. How can we say that fire is either good or bad? We can realize our true potential by forgetting our ignorance and pushing the frontiers of accumulated knowledge with the entire human race. Joyashree Roy states that this human behaviour is the key to a universal modern life that avoids

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  • Erin Marie Saltman: Challenging Terrorism and Extremism with Innovation and Creativity

    Violent extremist groups and terrorist organisations destabilize civil society and cause devastation globally. Current trends have led many people to not just fear these global networks, but also to question why individuals join groups such as ISIS. Erin Marie Saltman will discuss the push and pull factors which draw people into these organisations, and talk about new innovative ways of

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  • Yameng Cao: The magical world of quantum physics

    Exactly 100 years ago, Albert Einstein laid down the foundations of quantum mechanics. After a century of curiosity, the field is revolutionised with a new understanding that information can be encoded into quantum particles. Particles – which can exist in many places at once, travel through walls and behave as a whole even when separated – enable us to build

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  • Kristof de Wulf: Finding your edges at the edges

    The future ain’t what it used to be. In today’s world of acceleration, automation and accessibility, we are expected to be Œ’relieved’ from working, learning and owning. But if we take away the very things that provide us with a sense of accomplishment and purpose in life, what is left for us humans? The more human-like machines take over our

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  • Dries Seuntjens: Rethinking the water cycle

    Belgium is a world leading country in recycling: only 3% of the produced waste ends up on the garbage belt. This results in a sustainable cyclic recovery of valuable products from waste. Compared with waste recycling, recycling of water is still far away from reality, creating an opportunity to rethink our water cycle. Dries Seuntjens, the 2nd place winner of

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  • Vanessa Potter: The Art of your Mind

    “Let me introduce myself, I am Patient H69.” When Vanessa Potter woke up one morning in 2012 her life was never to be the same again. A life changing illness prompted her to turn scientific sleuth in order to unravel what had happened inside her own brain. Vanessa’s talk is a compelling account of how one patient’s traumatic experience led

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  • Antonius van Rooij: Does video gaming ruin people’s lives?

    League of Legends, World of Warcraft and Counter Strike are only three video games among hundreds but they all have one thing in  common: once you get hooked it is hard to stop playing. But when does gaming behavior become a serious problem? Does gaming „eat“ the soul of our children? In his talk Antonius van Rooij will explain the

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  • Veerle Provoost: The name of the father?

    Veerle Provoost talks about families of children conceived with donor sperm and their views about what a family really is. These alternative families teach us what matters most in the decisions we all make for our children, whether or not they are genetically related to us. The parents and children she studied created their own family stories (about how their

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  • The creation of #bitsoflove…

    Julius Caesar once said: “Of all Gauls, the Belgae are the bravest”. No matter what, Belgians keep communicating a cheerful message towards the future. For our TEDxGhent team, it inspired a tagline for the main event envisioning the perfect dose of love & tech, and voilá: #bitsoflove was born. It refers to the iconic Beats of Love song sprinkled with

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  • 18/6: TEDxGhent #6 | Bits of Love

    Get ready for a day full of inspiration The moment is here: you can now book your ticket for the 2016 edition of TEDxGhent Main Event! In the background, we are preparing tirelessly to bring you the brightest ideas worth spreading. Curious about the menu this year? Enjoy a sneak peak of the topics below. We will hear about a painfully

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