TEDx QUB: How can we overcome our current challenges and build a better world?

28 May, 2020

Operate has joined up with Queen’s University Belfast to deliver a TEDx event that will shine a light on how society is overcoming its current challenges.

Entitled ‘Adapt and Change’, the digital event offers informed opinion pieces and reflections on the changes taking place all around us a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The varied line-up includes 15 short talks by academics from across the University.

The event has been designed to offer broader reflections on society, how changes have come about and how people are adapting to lockdown. Our speakers will consider what we may learn from the current situation for beyond the crisis, and how it may influence and bring about changes in the future. They will touch on examples of new working practices, creative endeavours, research discoveries, behaviours and more that are quickly being adopted.

John Astley, Operate Manging Director, said, “The crisis we're now living through has accelerated many of the changes that were already taking place in society and created other huge challenges that need to be understood and overcome. There has never been a more important time for PwC to live its purpose of building trust in society and solving important problems.”

“TEDx is renowned for nurturing curiosity about the world and how we ‘Adapt and Change’ is the big question for PwC’s people and for our society. We’re delighted to be partnering with Queen’s to deliver an event that will shine a light on how we can overcome our current challenges and help build a better world.”

Professor Ian Greer, President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, said, “The TEDx principles and concept very much align with Queen’s belief in the importance of giving experts a platform, sharing innovations, inspiring and encouraging new ideas. This digital event is rich in opinions, thoughts and ideas formed through extensive research, investigation and study.”

He added, “The event’s title ‘Adapt and Change’ reflects the general theme which spans many subjects – from healthcare, to school education, and from the design of new face shields to urban design. While there is much breadth in terms of topics in this digital event, I hope the audience will enjoy the depth of these short talks which not only consider the current crisis, but look beyond at how, as a society, we can emerge better equipped for the future.”

Operate has been sponsoring TEDxQUB since it was launched last year.

TEDx talks are renowned for their high quality content. They are watched online more than 1.2 billion times every year. TEDx talks are independently organised events licensed by TED that share ‘ideas worth spreading’ in communities around the world. 

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Neil Wilson

Communications and Media Relations Manager - Operate, PwC United Kingdom