February 19, 2018




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The theme of this year’s event is RefleXion!

Our theme for this years event is RefleXion. We are inviting our participants to approach intellectual challenges with a fresh perspective, open minded attitude, and the willingness to look inward as well as outward. RefleXions is about examining pre-existing conclusions, challenging what we know about the world and ourselves, and constantly pushing the boundaries of our collective curiosity further. We are interested in reflections as well as reflexivity of our environment. We hope to spark this conversation within our participants through exploration of the self, inquiry into the science and analytical look into our social world.

TEDxLancaster U aims to gather the most prominent individuals from a wide range of disciplines. The team is committed to giving the floor to fascinating thinkers, creators, and doers. We wish to have a line-up of speakers, who would provide us with their insights on our shared future.

Come on a journey with us, diving in the struggles and successes of the past, the questions and hopes of the presence, the dreams and fears for the future.


TEDx LancasterU 2019 Conference speakers


  • Dan Degerman is a PhD candidate in philosophy and Society & Ethics Welcome scholar at Lancaster University. His doctoral research investigates how the transformation of negative emotions into mental disorders impacts political agency.
  • A part of his research focuses recently on the Brexit affairs, where his target is how BBC are treating the Brexit anxiety and how does the political situation affects the society in whole.



Tim is a teacher and parent who has been involved in education for the past 17 years. He has worked in primary and secondary schools, as a classroom teacher and middle manager, in the public and private sectors.

As is the case with many educators, Tim has an interest in education as a whole. He specialises in the links between student motivation, how children behave in the classroom and how we gauge and measure their successes. He runs interactive events, nationwide, on these and other topics and often guest lectures at some of the leading teaching universities in the UK.

More recently, Tim began directing an independent group of educators, parents and employers who are actively looking at the current school system and at what they could do to improve it; focussing on a more personalised curriculum, improving student engagement and updating the current assessment model, in order to create a new type of school that prepares its pupils for an unwritten and unknown future into the 21st century.



Lexi Webster is a Lecturer in Linguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University and PhD candidate at Lancaster University. Lexi’s research uses both traditional and digital data to inform the recommendation of programmes for social change that prioritise individual liberties. More specifically, Lexi is interested in exploring inconsistencies between communicative practices and the regulatory mechanisms that (seek to) constrain communication, including how far such inconsistencies hinder social cohesion and impede individuals’ freedom/s. Most recently, Lexi has considered how freedom of expression online is an essential condition for democratic societies in the 21st century.



Julie Wardlow is a research fellow and lecturer in astrophysics at Lancaster University, who uses the world’s biggest telescopes to unlock the secrets of the Universe. Her research focuses on understanding extreme galaxies, which undergo immense transformations by forming new stars about 1000 times faster than our own Milky Way, during short (astronomically-speaking) bursts of just tens of millions of years.

Wardlow holds MSci and PhD degrees from Durham University and has worked at the University of California, the University of Copenhagen, and Durham University, and in 2017 was awarded a prestigious Ernest Rutherford Fellowship from the Science and Technology Facilities Council.



After 20 years as a youth and community worker in Birmingham and Lancashire Jane went self-employed at the age of 47 1/3 because she realised there must be more to life than the stress of work and she wanted to be there for her daughter. When her daughter was diagnosed with dyspraxia Jane realised she too was dyspraxic – and things started to fall into place. That led to her first book, You’re so clumsy Charley, the first children’s storybook addressing dyspraxia.

Jane has now gone full circle, using her skills as an adult trainer and her network with local businesses, she runs The Growing Club CIC here in Lancaster and is once again working to empower women.

Jane is also studying at LUMS on the EMBA and is an entrepreneur in residence.



We are incredibly excited to announce that we are bringing Kai-Isaiah Jamal to TEDxLancasterU!

Kai-Isaiah Jamal is a spoken word poet, performer, writer, model and trans visibility activist. He works alongside institutions and brands to bring a voice to the misrepresented or unrepresented QTIPOC community he belongs to. Working with Dazed, Vice, ID, Stella McCartney, Tate and with his own family collective BBZ he aims to prioritise the voice and safety of queer people of colour, as well as give visibility to trans men or masc centred folk. His work disrupts the cis-het normality as well as aims to diversify the literature sphere with young, working class, queer and trans magic that he wishes he could have had access to growing up. Jamal has been announced as the ICA’s first ever poet in residence and is currently writing his first two books, a poetry anthology and a collection of essays. This year he has been featured in DAZED 100: Names defining now.



Gerard is a senior branding executive with global experience in public relations, digital, social media, brand and cultural strategy. He is currently leading the cultural strategy offering at AMV BBDO, the UK’s most creative agency.

He strongly believes that brands have a responsibility to use their power to make a positive impact on the world. In this role, he crafts purpose-driven brand platforms that are culturally led on behalf of some of the world’s leading brands including British Telecom, Guinness, Essity, Snickers, etc.
Prior to AMV BBDO, he led and founded the social media team at Droga5 New York, one of the world’s most innovative companies according to Fast Company, where he was responsible for crafting the content strategies for: Newcastle Brown Ale, who won the Super Bowl without ever advertising in the ‘big game’ with the ‘If We Made It’ campaign; Honey Maid, a 100 year old company that redefined what wholesome is by putting gay, interracial, and blended families in the national spotlight, with the ‘This Is Wholesome’ campaign; and Under Armour which, redefined beauty from external reinforcement to internal will, with the ‘I Will What I Want’ campaign.

In his spare time, he believes it’s important to give back, so he began teaching an online course on cultural strategy on lynda.com, he speaks to groups of kids who want to break into advertising and mentor the next generation of creative talent through the Saturday Club. His personal mission is to use creativity to move humanity and he has dedicated his life to changing perceptions in the media and helping expand young people’s view on what creativity can do while having a little fun along the way.



Emily Spiers is a lecturer in creative futures at Lancaster University. Her work is split between the Department of Languages and Cultures and the Institute for Social Futures. Emily’s research focusses broadly on gender, creativity and the future. Her latest book Pop-Feminist Narratives: The Female Subject Under Neoliberalism in North America, Britain and Germany was published by Oxford University Press in 2018.



Maryam Ghorbankarimi is a lecturer in film practice at Lancaster University. Born and raised in Tehran, she moved to Canada in 2001 to continue her education in film at Toronto’s Ryerson University. She completed her PhD in film studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2012 and her dissertation was published as a book entitled A Colourful Presence; The Evolution of Women’s Representation in Iranian Cinema. Maryam is also a filmmaker, she has made some award-winning short films in both short documentary and fiction formats. Her current research is on transnational cinema and culture; specifically the representation of gender and sexuality in Middle Eastern cinema.