Our speakers from TEDxUniversityofBristol 2018: Finding Space are listed alphabetically.
Eno Mfon is a successful playwright and performer who graduated from Bristol University in 2016. In her final year she was commissioned by the Bristol Old Vic to write and perform a one-woman show, ‘Check the Label’ – a sell out performance.
Gareth Griffith is committed to creating a space for us all to talk about mental health. Don’t miss this incredibly personal talk in which Gareth will share his story of his battle with depression during his time as an undergraduate student, and how he recovered from this low point through helping others to find that space too.
Award-winning poet and Bristol alumnus Harry, and jazz maven Chris, are seasoned performers – from playing together as schoolchildren to their sell-out shows at Edinburgh Fringe, they have honed their own brand of comedy-rap-jazz. Harry and Chris exemplify how in times of doom and gloom, a moment of joy can be a revolutionary act.
Last Summer, Jenny Tasker got to work converting a van into a fully functioning mobile home, in which she has been living since September 2017. Sharing stories from life in her own lane, Jenny will be talking about what can happen when you question everything that you think you are supposed to do.
Owain Astles is a Bristol based Filmmaker who will be talking about what we can all do to help those who are homeless around us.
For Portia Bowman “Finding Space” is quite literally her day job. Portia is a Bristol-based Space Systems engineer, currently working on exploration missions to further our understanding of the Earth and the universe. Portia’s talk will unveil the possibilities of space and its relevance to us all – not just the rocket scientists.
Four years ago, University of Bristol Alumnus, Rob Camm, was involved in a car accident that left him paralysed from the neck down and dependent on a ventilator to breathe. Rob will be sharing the story of how his relationship with space changed from this moment on. A story of appreciation and realisation.
Tom Eberhardt is the Governor of Norway’s Bastøy Prison, famous for famous for its radically different approach to rehabilitating criminals. With 25 years’ experience in the prison service, Tom will be talking about why happy prisoners make for a safer society.
Dr Zara Nanu is CEO and co-founder of Gapsquare, a company that uses data science to close the gender pay gap to create a space for equality.
Zion Lights wants us to reconnect with the stars. She’ll be talking about how to contemplate our place in the universe and perhaps develop the mental space that we once had, long before pollution clouded our skies.