The University of Gothenburg in Sweden hosted a TEDx conference on November 25th 2011 as part of the TED.com campaign to promote "ideas worth spreading". The university-wide initiative aimed to promote a TED-like experience to the collegiate both live and online.
The TEDx-conference format was one of concise, engaging speeches that shared innovative and interesting research taking place within the University. It also included talks about new ideas in the world at large. The aim of the TEDx-conference was to engage the audience with new insights so that after the conference they were empowered to participate in a continue and broad debate regarding water and future interdisciplinary activities.
Water was the major theme for the TEDx-conference, an area in which the university performs multi-disciplinary research across its eight faculties. Located on the western coast of Sweden, the Gothenburg region is closely associated with the sea and accompanying industries. The theme - WATER was tackled from many different angles, to help the audience to recognize that water is involved in almost everything we do and offers much more to life than keeping the human body hydrated.
The event was hosted at Aulan, the main university building in Vasaparken, though webcasts were live in different locations at the university.
Opening speech by Jan Eliasson, Chairman of the Swedish WaterAid, former Minister of Foreign Affairs in Sweden and at the time, representative at the UN group of Ambassadors for promoting Millennium Goals.
Anders Jägerskog, Associate professor at the School of Global Studies and a Programme Director at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). His specialty is trans-boundary waters and water governance. He has much experience dealing with the issues regarding the relationship between water, conflict and security.
Kerstin Johannesson, professor in Marine Ecology, director of the Linnaeus Research Centre in Marine Evolutionary Biology (CeMEB) and coordinator of EU-BONUS research programme BaltGene. Johannesson’s research focus is on how new species are formed.
Joakim Larsson, Aassociate professor of physiology at the Sahlgrenska Academy, performs research on antibiotic resistance in the external environment.
Erika Harlitz, Ph.D. a member of the maritime research network Triton.
Jens Thoms Ivarsson, an artist and designer who works atthe company Thoms & Nilsson. Since 2003 the duo have worked with natural ice from the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi.
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