Applications are open!


If you want to engage with TEDxUniversityofEdinburgh this year and help out with design, photography, events, promo campaigns, advice etc. this is for you: Also, it may be your time to shine on the stage, so if you fancy giving a TEDx talk, go here: You can, of course, apply for both. The deadline for both is 12:00 (noon) on Oct 3. We're excited to have you on the team!

Come one, come all!

Interested in being involved with the TEDx community this year?

Come and join the committee for our first event of the year – TEDx : Round Robin. We’ll be set up with opportunities to learn more about volunteering with us, how to become a speaker and games to get to know one another too. Join us for the whole event and rotate through each area or just pop in for a drink and a quick chat – the choice is yours!

Join the event at:


Welcome to TEDxUniversityOfEdinburgh 2016/2017!

We are excited to kick-start the new academic year with two events this very Sunday!

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New international students, come along to Potterrow Dome on Sun Sep 11 11:00-14:00 to learn more about TED, hang out, learn what we do and how you can join. We're also still in the festival mood, so drop by Teviot Study on Sun Sep 11 15:00-16:00 for more TEDx Welcome to University Festivals for more TED talks and catch-up with lots of university communities and societies. And that's not it. We'll be there at the Activities Fair on Sep 14 and 15 too.

Have a great week, and check out this video from previous TEDxUniversityOfEdinburgh events!

TEDxUniversityofEdinburgh Conference 2016

Didn't get a chance to attend our 2016 Connecting the Dots conference at Central Hall? Check out all the talks shown below on the TEDx Talks YouTube page!

Applications Open for Next Year's Committee!

Fancy spreading your ideas? Interested in making a difference in your community? Applications for the 2016/17 TEDxUniversityofEdinburgh committee are now open! Don't miss out on this rewarding and exciting opportunity!

Apply here now. The application deadline is Monday the 21st March at midday.

TEDxUniversityofEdinburgh - Connecting the Dots

Our 2016 conference took place at Central Hall on the 18th February. Thank you to everyone that attended TEDxUoE16 your engagement and response made all the hard work so worthwhile! 


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Student Speaker Choice Awards

On Friday 20th November, 15 students from across the University of Edinburgh took to the TEDx stage, presenting their talks, based on this year's theme 'Connecting the Dots'. It proved to be a fantastic night, made even better by a hugely enthusiastic and receptive audience.

After combining the votes of the audience and our panel of judges, three students were selected to speak in our main conference in February. Congratulations to Sabrina Syed, Catherine Wilson and Vimbai Beverly Midzi!

Sabrina Syed, Catherine Wilson and Vimbai Beverly Midzi at the Student Speaker Choice Awards on the 20th November 2015.

Visit our youtube page to watch the speakers in action!

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

In light of the 2015 Student Speaker Choice Awards, Chiho Nishiwaka has produced a beautiful collection of unique illustrations that highlight the topic of each student's talk. 

    Valentine Reltien                                             Sabrina Syed                                           Mohamed Elsonbaty

Linz Connell                                       Lakshmi Magon                                                Luke Niu

  Justin Chung                                        Isabel Hoffmann                                            Dimple Gulrajani

Freya Sykes                                             Clarence Tan                                      Catherine Wilson

Chloe Edmunson                                       Ankit Sonkar                                              Vimbai Midzi

To see more of Chiho's work visit her website here.

Ideas Spotlight: How Does it Start?

On Wednesday the 28th of October TEDxUofE hosted the first Ideas Spotlight - How Does it Start?

 150 people gathered in Mash House to share their ideas open mic style. With topics ranging from embryo growth to starting up a society at the university, the night proved to be both fun and inspiring.

A big thank you to Pedro and Caz from 'The Improverts' who compered the event.

Our next event is the Student Speaker Choice Awards on the 20th November hosted in Teviot Underground. 

Further details and tickets will be released in early November.

Our 2016 Theme

Following an extensive public vote, in which over 500 votes were casted, the TEDx Committee is delighted to announce that our conference theme for 2016 will be "Connecting the Dots". 

Thank you for everyone for voting.

Further details about our November Student Speaker Choice Awards and Main Conference to follow soon. 

Apply to join our committee!

From deciding the theme of the conference to the catering, spreading TEDx's campus presence or posting hilarious pictures of other committee members all over social media - the TEDxUniversityofEdinburgh committee has a wide range of powers and responsibilities.
If you would like to be a part of this wonderful team, fill in this form by 3PM on the 25nd of March!

TEDxUniversityofEdinburgh 2015:

'How To Be OK In The Future'

The TEDxUniversityofEdinburgh Conference 2015 was a great success. On 19th February the TEDxUoE speakers spread their innovative and original ideas about 'How To Be OK In The Future' with an audience of over 500 people.
It was an amazing day of inspiring talks, exciting interactive spaces and a chance for everybody to share their thoughts about the future! 
The event could not have happened without our passionate speakers, enthusiastic interactive space helpers, incredible team of volunteers and, of course, our lovely audience. The committee would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved and we hope to see you at TEDxUoE event next year!

Pictures from the event can be found on our Facebook page.
The radio-coverage podcast featuring interviews with our committee, speakers, and attendees can be heard here.
Thank you to William Thomson from Gallus Events for this kind review!

Student Speaker Choice Awards

TEDxUniversityofEdinburgh is happy to announce the success of the Student Speaker Choice Awards event!

Click on a speaker to watch their talk, and let us know what you think, because the three best speakers will also be speaking at our main conference on the 19th of February!

Your Speakers:


We are so pleased that our first event of the year: A live stream of the TEDGlobal: South conference that took place in Rio, was a success! The event saw over 100 people come in through the day, and made for an informal, relaxed space for people to discuss some great talks over a few pints!

Here are some pictures from the event:

Photos: Emma Cowdray

Welcome back!

The TEDxUniversityofEdinburgh 2015 team is excited to start a new year. Meet us at the Freshers' Fair in Pleasance on the 10th and 11th of September at Pleasance and look out for updates about how you can volunteer and get involved here and on our facebook page. In the meantime, don't hesitate to get in touch with us.

TEDxUniversityofEdinburgh wishes you a wonderful summer

Recruitment for committee positions for TEDxUniversityofEdinburgh 2014/15 is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted their application, we will be in touch with all applicants shortly.

The new committee will start working over summer to bring to you the best TEDx conference Edinburgh has seen. If you have ideas about next year's conference, you're looking for ways to get involved, or you want to collaborate with us in the next academic year, do not hesitate to contact us. Applications for volunteer positions will be open in September 2014.

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The Environment and Society concludes an eventful year

On Wednesday the 26th of March we held the last event of this academic year: the Environment and Society Salon. Click here for more information about the event.

Our third Salon: Health a success

The third TEDxUniversityofEdinburgh Salon event happened on the 19th of March in the Grassmarket Community Project at 6pm. Click here for more information regarding the event.

Thinking in Abundance 2014

We are proud to announce the success of TEDxUniversityofEdinburgh 2014 on February 21st. Find out more about the theme, speakers, and interactive spaces.

Photos courtesy of Mihaela Bodlovic

TEDxUniversityofEdinburgh - theme launch 2014

The TEDxUniversityofEdinburgh 2014 conference theme was launched through a series of energetic flashmobs organised with Edinburgh University's Modern Dance Society. We're excited to confirm our Thinking Abundance conference will happen in The Pleasance during Innovative Learning Week on February 21st.

Click here for more details regarding speakers and tickets!


Student Speaker Choice Awards 2014

 We are thrilled to announce that the two student who will speak at TEDxUniversityofEdinburgh 2014 are Siraj Sabihuddin and Paulina Stachnik. Congratulations to Siraj and Paulina! We will be releasing information about the rest of our amazing speakers shortly, so make sure you check our website regularly.

Our second Salon event of the year happened on January 22nd

Our second Salon this year organised alongside the University of Edinburgh's Global Development Academy happened at the Grassmarket Community Project on January 22nd at 6pm. More information can be found here.

Our first event of the year was held on November 27th

We are thrilled to announce the success of our first Salon event organised with the Global Justice Academy on November 27th in the Grassmarket Community Project.