From ‘human’ robots to women’s rights – see all the videos from TEDxPlymouthUniversity

It was an evening that made many ‘proud to be from Plymouth’ – and now everyone can access the talks that made up TEDxPlymouthUniversity last month. 

University academics and members of the local community made up the 13-strong list of speakers, sharing their thoughts and ideas on a huge variety of topics.

Dr Jeremy Goslin from the School of Psychology asked the question ‘When do we want our machines to be more human?’, while equality and diversity professional Jo Higson used her talk to explain why we need men to campaign for women’s rights too. 

The full list of speakers and videos can be found below. 

Taking on the theme of ‘evolution of inspiration’, the event was independently organised under licence from international non-profit organisation, TED – which is devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. 

With 18 minutes to deliver their idea to an audience of 100, participants were encouraged to add new, important ideas to the global conversation. The only restrictions were that they could not talk about an inflammatory political or religious agenda, or sell themselves, an item or business venture.

Event organiser John Petrie said: 

“Personal stories of dementia and discrimination moved us, tales of the sea and the future of cities inspired us, the history of the undead infected us, anthropomorphic robots scared us, and an amusing take on TED talks sent us into fits of laughter – it really was a very special event. It has been thoroughly enjoyable to work with a group of people so passionate about delivering a great event, and the organisational team and the speakers have made connections that will last.”

TEDx is a programme of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event.

TEDxPlymouthUniversity co-organiser, John Petrie:

Personal stories of dementia and discrimination moved us, tales of the sea and the future of cities inspired us, the history of the undead infected us, anthropomorphic robots scared us, and an amusing take on TED talks sent us into fits of laughter

View all 13 videos from TEDxPlymouthUniversity

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics (from science to business to global issues) in more than 100 languages. 

Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. 

Mission: Spread ideas

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. 


On TED.com, we're building a clearing house of free knowledge from the world's most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long. In fact, everything we do is driven by this goal: how can we best spread great ideas?

TED is owned by a non-profit, non-partisan foundation. Our agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation.

(Information as available on the TED website: www.TED.com)

About TEDx 

TEDx is an independently organised TED event. TEDx is run in a similar way, in the spirit of ‘ideas worth spreading’. TEDx events are locally organised and combine a selection of live speakers, TEDTalks videos, as well as an atmosphere for meaningful conversations and connections to be made.