TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out 30 years ago, as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then, its scope has become even broader, including a diverse mix of topics.
TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with unique conferences and multiple initiatives including the TEDx program. An independently organized program that gives communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.
Proud to support the mission of Ideas Worth spreading, TEDxHeraklion is here to bring people together, spark discussion and embrace the initiatives that make the world move forward.
The first TEDx event of the island of Crete aims to highlight the Crossroads of our times: to reflect upon the new directions and the transitions ahead. To seek the possible selections and point to the Crossroads to go beyond.
Cretaquarium or Thalassocosmos is located in a hub of knowledge proliferation and captivating entertainment, just 15’ east of the city of Heraklion.
A symbol representing the potential and the competitive advantages of the island of Crete. Cretaquarium is part of one of the most important research complexes focusing on the marine world, in the Mediterranean sea; The same sea that has given birth to ancient civilizations and represents unique biodiversity, as well as a crucial crossroad of natural and human ecology.
Born in England, spent many years of his life around the world and eventually settled in Crete to create and spread his music. Ross Daly, one of the most emblematic figures of contemporary Crete, is going to be on the stage of TEDxHeraklion.MORE
Giorgos Tserpes is Research Director at the Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters of the Hellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR). His research interests are focusing in the fields of Biology, Ecology and Population Dynamics of marine fish with special emphasis on large migratory species, such as tunas and swordfish.MORE
Stelios Petrakis and Yiorgos Manolakis perform an interpretation of Cretan traditional music, combined with traditional instruments and elements from around the Mediterranean basin – portraying the character of a proper crossroad of civilizations and music.MORE
Daulute brings a unique and dynamic sound to the interpretation of Greek traditional music. It presents an extensive Cretan repertoire as a basis, while it also explores other Greek music idioms and improvisations. Motivated by their common love and respect for Greek music, the musicians endeavour to develop an alternative world music sound.MORE
Dr. Vaggelis Mallios is one of the lawyers that achieved the recognition of same-sex couples’ right to be included in the civil union in Greek legal system.Greece was convicted by the European Court of Human Rights for originally excluding homosexual couples from the agreement.MORE
Nena Galanidou is an Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Crete. She Investigates the Stone Age, the early period of human history before the conquest of writing, during of which the stone was the main construction material of gear.MORE
Vassilis Nikolopoulos is the CEO and co-founder of Intelen, Inc a New York-based emerging early stage cleantech company. He is an active entrepreneur, innovator and passionate with technology futurology and trend forecasting, who managed to transform his PhD research into a global innovative product.MORE
Elena Paravantes is a Nutritionist and Writer specializing in the Mediterranean Diet.
Upon receiving her degrees from the University of Illinois, Elena started her career as a clinical nutritionist consulting patients on their lifestyle, incorporating components of the Greek diet.
She has been active in the field of food and nutrition as a clinical nutritionist, consultant and lecturer, including -among others- the following institutions: the American College of Greece, the Lambraki Research Foundation, Routes of the Olive Tree, Loyola University, Aramark, American Overseas Dietetic Association, European Federation of the Association of Dietitians. As a recognized expert, her articles have appeared in many publications, including the Huffington Post and the Olive Oil Times.
Gareth Owens has studied Classics & Ancient History at UCL, and has received a Phd from EKPA on the Structure of the Minoan Language. For the last 5 years, he focuses on the Enigma of the Phaistos Disk. «We can now ‘read’ and ‘hear’ 90% of the Disk. This is what I would dearly like to share with TEDx».MORE
Alexander N. Christakis, co-founder of the Club of Rome and former faculty member of several prominent Universities, around the world.
Notable for his work on the field of structured dialogic design, Dr.Christakis is dedicated to the evolution of civic participation and democratic decision-making.
Stylianos Papardelas is a street photographer wandering around the world to capture different cultures with his unique digital sight. His photographs have been repeatedly selected to be published in National Geographic, Huffington Post and several other prestigious mass media.MORE
Research Director at the Computational Biology Laboratory at the IMBB, at the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH). Has been honored with several awards for her scientific contributions in brain modeling.MORE