University College Dublin’s TEDxUCD 2016 Videos Available to View

University College Dublin (UCD) held its fourth annual TEDxUCD event, organised by volunteers from the UCD Research and Innovation team based at NovaUCD, earlier this month in the UCD Dramsoc Theatre.

The 10 speakers who took part in TEDxUCD 2016 were members of the UCD community of researchers, students, alumni and friends who spoke on a wide range of ideas worth spreading on the overall theme of ‘contemplation’.

Click here to watch the videos of all the TEDxUCD 2016 talks.


Opening this year’s event, Professor Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact said, “Following the success of our previous TEDxUCD events I am delighted that we are hosting our fourth annual TEDx event at University College Dublin. Organising and running TEDxUCD is an excellent example of how we engage with the general public, not only in Ireland but across the world, to share the ideas, knowledge and expertise emanating from members of the UCD community.”

Sandra Collins - TEDxUCD 2016
Pictured is TEDxUCD 2016 speaker Dr Sandra Collins, Director, National Library of Ireland

Dearbhla Burke is a chartered physiotherapist and a PhD student at the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science.

Her TEDxUCD 2016 talk is entitled, ‘The insult added to injury’.

Dr Sandra Collins, a UCD graduate, is Director of the National Library of Ireland.

Her TEDxUCD 2016 talk is entitled, ‘Memory keepers’.

Professor Ron Davies is a specialist in international trade and foreign direct investment at the UCD School of Economics.

His TEDxUCD 2016 talk is entitled, ‘The true trouble of tax trickery’.

Dr Susan Delaney is a clinical psychologist and Bereavement Services Manager at the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Her TEDxUCD 2016 talk is entitled, ‘Grief, it's complicated...10% of the time'.

Professor Michaela Higgins is a consultant medical oncologist at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, and an Associate Clinical Professor at the UCD School of Medicine.

Her TEDxUCD 2016 talk is entitled, ‘The cancer story you haven’t heard’.

Dr Andrew Hogan is a senior scientist with the obesity immunology research group at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, and a research scientist at the UCD School of Medicine.

His TEDxUCD 2016 talk is entitled, ‘Losing weight - why is it so difficult ?’.

Duncan Lennox, a UCD graduate, is CEO and co-founder of Qstream, a software spin-out from Harvard Medical School.

His TEDxUCD 2016 talk is entitled, ‘The misunderstood brain’.

Associate Professor Patricia Maguire is associate Professor of Biochemistry at the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science and at UCD Conway Institute.

Her TEDxUCD 2016 talk is entitled, ‘Tiny bubbles to clean up disease’.

Dr Conor Mulvagh is a specialist in Westminster politics and Irish constitutional nationalism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century at the UCD School of History.

His TEDxUCD 2016 talk is entitled, ‘Partition, where to draw the line’.

John Sloan is an MSc student in Computational Linguistics at the UCD School of Computer Science.

His TEDxUCD 2016 talk is entitled, ‘Learning languages emotionally’.

At TEDxUCD 2016 a combination of live speakers and a selection of TED Talks videos were combined to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group of 100 attendees. The TED conference provides general guidance for the TEDx programme, but individual TEDx events, including TEDxUCD, are self-organised.

Duncan Lennox - TEDxUCD 2016
TEDxUCD 2016 speaker Duncan Lennox, CEO and co-founder, Qstream

Wiebke Preuss, a Masters student at the Stockholm School of Economics, and an Erasmus Exchange Programme student at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, was the MC for TEDxUCD 2016.



22 December 2016

For further information contact Micéal Whelan, University College Dublin, Communications Manager (Innovation), e:, t: + 353 1 716 3712.

Editors Notes

Further information on each of the TEDxUCD 2016 speakers and the event MC is available via

About TEDx
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.) 

About TED
TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.