Press Release

TEDxUniversityofGlasgow would like to summarise the event and say thank you to the platinum sponsors and lead partner, Adam Smith Business School!

Glasgow, Scotland; 21/03/2018 – TEDxUniversityofGlasgow 2018, the fifth annual TEDxUniversityofGlasgow conference took place on the 17th of March at the University of Glasgow. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, featured local voices and TED Talk videos under the theme of ‘Press Pause To Begin’. The conference was held in Hunter Halls on University of Glasgow campus, with a record-breaking number of attendees, despite the involuntary pause we had to take which was caused by the ‘Beast From The East’. We are grateful to our wonderful speakers and audience for coming along and sharing their ideas at the rescheduled event.

Press Pause To Begin

In our dynamic world, shaped by the rapid advancement in technology and changes in the socio-economic landscape, people strive to mirror this rapid pace. In our 24/7 online culture, it can often seem impossible to take a break. Indeed, often the attempt to pause remains a fruitless and frustrating endeavour.

Using ‘Press Pause to Begin’ as our theme this year, we stressed on the importance of both “to pause” and “to begin”. In a world that emphasizes the vitality of advancement, we hope everyone can learn to “pause” and to approach challenges from new perspectives. “Pause” does not necessarily mean stop. Pausing means giving yourself the time to reflect and appreciate things that you may otherwise miss. Indeed, pausing can inspire creativity.

As a Chinese proverb says, “to rest is to walk further”; Pause is the Beginning, the beginning of a new journey that lies ahead.

Speakers at TEDxUniversityofGlasgow conference include:

Vicky Brock – Entrepreneur

Kevin O’Dell – Professor of Behavioural Genetics

Frank Quitely – World-Renowned Comic Book Artist

Jessica Argo – 3D Sound Designer, installation artist, cellist, lecturer

Borso Tall – Social Activist

Hussein El-Ajouz – Final year Psychology and Business student

Corien Staels – Entrepreneur

Kay Davidson – Stylist, Fashion Designer


We at TEDxUniversityofGlasgow would like to express our gratitude to our lead partner, the Adam Smith Business School, for guiding us through the organisation of the event.


TEDxUniversityofGlasgow is also thankful for this year’s platinum sponsors True Student Living, and Barclays for their support.


About TEDx, x = independently organized event

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 in a small group. 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 nonprofit 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, Nandan Nilekani, 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.


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Should you need to speak to our team, please get in touch with Emelie Adenlof, the Project Manager for TEDxUniversityofGlasgow2018, using the contact details below.



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