- School/Institute/Department: QMSU
- Subjects: Public Speaking, Community
- Audience: General Public
TEDx is an international program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to watch live speakers give engaging talks that spark thought and discussion. The first annual TEDxQMUL event took place in summer 2015, featuring six speakers on the subject of community, celebrating the diversity of cultures, religions and views in Tower Hamlets.
The events at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) are designed to give participants a taste of public speaking and develop the skills to better communicate research and learning to others outside their field. They also give a public audience the opportunity to listen to a selection of speakers from the university.
Applications to speak at the events are shortlisted by the TEDxQMUL panel, who select twenty staff and students to receive 4 sessions with a professional voice trainer. These sessions develop the presentation skills need to perform at the event, as well as to help develop the skill set to communicate to public audiences in future. The six applicants with the most engaging talks are then selected to present on the day.
The first TEDxQMUL event, on the theme of Community, in June 2015 was heavily promoted to the local community as well as QMUL staff and students, and sold out of most of the seats available. The six speakers covered topics from the meaning of community to how to live as global citizens, to how communities affect the economy. You can view videos of all the talks on the TEDxQMUL Youtube page here, or through the video at the bottom of this page.
Future events will be organised by the Queen Mary Student Union's TEDxQMUL Society on an annual basis. More information can be found on their website.