Bionic man inches closer to reality
Inaugural TEDxUWollongong event 29 May focuses on medical bionics
The inaugural TEDxUWollongong will take place on Tuesday 29 May 2012 from 5.30pm in the UniHall at The University of Wollongong (UOW). Described as an “intellectual circus”, TEDxUWollongong will feature a brilliant mix of world leading experts and inspiring speakers, focusing on the theme of “Medical Bionics: An Interdisciplinary Approach”.
Speakers will give the talk of their lives, condensing their life’s work and passion into 18 minutes of inspiring prose.
Innovators scheduled to appear include pioneering medical bionics researcher and Australian Laureate Fellow Professor Gordon Wallace, internationally recognised neurosurgeon and Chair of Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne), Professor Mark Cook, and emerging technologies critic, Associate Professor Katina Michael. More inspiring speakers and entertainment to be announced.
Presenter of ABC Radio National’s Science Show, Dr Robyn Williams, will be MC for the evening.
TEDxUWollongong, an independently organized event licensed by TED, is an invitation only event with only 100 places available for leading Australian health practitioners and key industry personnel. However, there will be a few spaces reserved for relevant medical professionals, researchers and media. Interested parties must register their interest by emailing email@example.com.
The event will be simulcast live upstairs at the University of Wollongong UniCentre. Please register your attendance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or joining the Facebook event at http://www.facebook.com/TEDxUWollongong. Live simulcast will also be screened online at www.tedxuwollongong.com.
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