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Adapt and Change

2020 TEDxQueensUniversityBelfast - 'ADAPT and CHANGE'


The University's second independently organised TED event, entitled 'ADAPT and CHANGE' was a digital event and took place on 10 June 2020. The programme of talks by Queen's University academics offered informed opinioned pieces and reflections on the changes taking place around us as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Keep an eye on twitter @TEDxQUB for updates.

Dr Gemma Carney
TEDx Talk: 'Solidarity between Generations during Lockdown’

In this TEDx talk social gerontologist Gemma Carney explains why the lockdown is so hard, what it shows us about solidarity between generations, and how it plays a key role in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Carney’s work is dedicated to exploring the impact of population ageing on society and political economy. In recent years Gemma has been collaborating  with colleagues from across the Faculty on projects such as Dementia in the Minds of Characters and Readers and the Lively Project

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She is a member of the editorial board of Ageing & Society, the executive committee of the British Society of Gerontology and has been a member of the ARK Ageing Programme at Queen's since 2014. Her book, Critical Questions for Ageing Societies written with Paul Nash, University of Southern California, will be published by Policy Press in September 2020.


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Professor Stuart Elborn
TEDx Talk: 'Science, Certainty and Uncertainty: In the context of the COVID-19 Pandemic’

Science is based on uncertainty. The notion is interwoven in physical and life sciences and sits at the centre of hypotheses testing. Science experiments and research seek through testing hypotheses to challenge assumptions and therefore increase the certainty in how we interpret data and other information that comes from the biological and physical world around us. All science has uncertainty, and unless that uncertainty is communicated effectively and understood, decision-makers may put too much, or too little, faith in it. Professor Elborn explains what is uncertain, and what is known to be pretty certain about the SARS-CoV2 virus that causes the COVID-19 disease.

Professor Elborn is a well-established international leader in healthcare having driven major changes in healthcare delivery in the field of cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis.

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Prior to taking up his current post at Queen’s University, Professor Elborn was a Clinical Professor of Respiratory Medicine/Consultant Physician and Director of Adult Cystic Fibrosis and Chronic Lung Infection at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College and Royal Brompton Hospital London.

He has spent decades researching Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and his work has led to major breakthroughs in treating the condition. In all his research, Professor Elborn endeavours to bring scientists and clinicians together to promote inter-disciplinary research. He has been successful in developing programmes of research across disciplines, hospitals and universities in Northern Ireland as well as across the UK and Europe.


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Professor Heather Conway
TEDx Talk: 'Funerals During Lockdown: The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic’

Professor Conway will discuss the effect of lockdown restrictions on funerals; the need to protect public health; and the emotional impact on those who’ve lost loved ones during the pandemic.  

Professor Heather Conway is professor of Property Law and Death Studies in the School of Law at Queen’s. She is the author of The Law and the Dead, published in 2016, and writes extensively on the legal frameworks around funerals and dealing with the dead. Professor Conway is also a Council Member and trustee of the Cremation Society and sits on the editorial board of Mortality- an interdisciplinary journal dedicated to death, dying, bereavement and memorialisation.

Watch Professor Conway's talk below...

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Dr Dan Corbett
TEDx Talk: 'Soap: A state-of-the-art Weapon in the War against Coronavirus?'

The COVID-19 pandemic is littered with unknowns, including those related to a cure and/or vaccine - however, one certainty is that the use of soap and water for regular handwashing is a key part of preventing the spread of the disease. This short talk will explore the reasons why, and explain why soap and water is a sophisticated weapon in the battle against the coronavirus.

Dr Dan Corbett graduated from Queen's University in 2010, with a First Class Honours degree in Pharmacy, subsequently completing his pre-registration training within primary healthcare.

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After registering as a Pharmacist in 2011, Dr Corbett returned to Queen’s to undertake a PhD in Biomaterials Science, and following this, has held posts within the School of Pharmacy, China Medical University-Queen's University Belfast Joint College (CQC), and is now a Lecturer (Education) in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

Dr Corbett's research interests lie both in education, specifically, in relation to the education and support of international students, and the development of polymer-based medical products which exhibit properties including infection resistance.


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Professor Cherie Armour
TEDx Talk: ‘COVID-19 and Mental Health - using what we know to allow us to adapt’

Professor Armour’s talk will focus on the COVID-19 psychological wellbeing study which was implemented across the 4 nations of the UK. This study was designed as a longitudinal data collection exercise to identify and monitor the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the population. Today professor Armour will provide some early results from the data specific to Northern Ireland. 

Cherie Armour is a Professor of Psychological Trauma and Mental Health in the School of Psychology at Queens University Belfast.

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Professor Armour is the Director of the Stress Trauma and Related Conditions (STARC) Research Lab and has published extensively (>130) in the field of Psycho-traumatology and Mental Health.  Cherie has a particular interest in occupational groups that are at increased risk of experiencing trauma and traumatic stress outcomes due to their occupational roles, for example, military, police, and emergency service workers. 

Cherie has also published on the psychological impact of childhood abuse and domestic violence. Cherie has led a programme of research on the nosology, comorbidity, and longitudinal course of disorders such as PTSD, dissociation, anxiety, and depression. Recently Professor Armour has focused on research that investigates the mechanisms that explain risk and resilience as they relate to a wide variety of mental health outcomes; for example, sleep and social support.


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Professor Mark Lawler
TEDx Talk: ‘COVID-19, Cancer and Comorbidities – A deadly Triumvirate’

Professor Mark Lawler considers the unintended but profound effects that national lockdowns could have on cancer services and cancer patient outcomes globally, that may result in higher rates of deaths, particularly among cancer patients with at least one additional health condition.

Professor Mark Lawler is Chair in Translational Cancer Genomics in the Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Digital Health in the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.

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Professor Lawler is passionate about translating high quality science for the benefit of patients and has over 20 years’ experience in cancer research. He has over 20 years’ experience in cancer research with a significant record of research achievement, having published over 130 peer-reviewed publications and received numerous national and international awards.

Prof Lawler has an international reputation in cancer research and recently received the prestigious 2018 European Health Award. His research focuses on developing a molecular understanding of cancer to improve patient care, including through precision medicine. approaches As Associate Director of Health Data Research Wales Northern Ireland, he also has a keen interest in health data research with particular relevance to cancer. Additionally, his research into cancer inequalities has been influential at both national and European levels.


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Professor Carmel Hughes
TEDx Talk: 'Who Cares? COVID-19 in Care Homes for older People’

The impact of COVID-19 in care homes for older people and if, following the pandemic, society’s approach to such care may change in the future.

Professor Carmel Hughes is a pharmacist and Head of School at the School of Pharmacy at Queen's University Belfast. Professor Hughes’s main research focuses on the use of medicines in older people, particularly those living in care homes.

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She was formerly Joint Clinical Lead for the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network (Primary Care), was the first pharmacist to have been awarded a Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy, and was the only pharmacist to have received a National Primary Care Career Scientist Award from the Research and Development Division of the UK’s Department of Health.


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Professor Brian Falzon
TEDx Talk: ‘Face Shield Design and Manufacture: an agile and flexible response in time of need’

Professor Falzon will explain how a new re-usable face shield for front-line works was designed and put into production within 48 hours of taking the decision to place the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the service of the NHS.

Professor Brian G. Falzon joined Queen’s University Belfast in 2013 to take up the Royal Academy of Engineering – Bombardier Chair in Aerospace Composites and is currently the Head of School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Advanced Composites Research Group.

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Between 2008 and 2012 Prof Falzon was the Foundation Chair in Aerospace Engineering at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where he was also Director of Research and Head of the Aerospace Engineering programmes. Between 1996 and 2008, Prof Falzon was at Imperial College London where he joined as a postdoctoral research fellow before becoming an academic staff member.

He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.


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Dr Agustina Martire
TEDx Talk: 'Taking back the street. COVID-19 as a catalyst of shared space'

Agustina will discuss some of the changes to streets, brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. She will talk about the use of temporary infrastructure to redistribute the space of streets and how the pandemic is acting as a catalyst for something that has been happening for decades in other cities, in the quest for a healthier and calmer urban environment.

A lecturer in architecture, Agustina has an interest in urban history and theory, specifically in the significance of local mixed streets, their fabric, histories and experiences. She studied architecture at Universidad de Buenos Aires, where she worked in research and practice. Continuing her research and design experience in the Netherlands, she completed a PhD in TU Delft studying the history of urban leisure waterfronts. Agustina then worked as a post-doctoral researcher in TUDelft and UCD Dublin.

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She currently leads the StreetSpace project; an international and interdisciplinary project that studies local mixed streets, shedding light on the way streets are used, experienced and represented. StreetSpace is a collaborative studio unit in the Masters of Architecture, funded by the Department for Communities and supported by Belfast City Council.


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Dr Bernadette McGuinness
TEDx Talk: ‘COVID-19 and Comorbidities in the Elderly”

Dr McGuinness will talk about factors contributing to the increased morbidity and mortality in the elderly due to COVID-19 and she will discuss the importance of anticipatory care planning and good palliative care.

Dr Bernadette McGuinness, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences and a Consultant Geriatrician in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, is a leading researcher in cognitive impairment and dementia, and she recently took a leading role in a ground-breaking Alzheimer’s trial in patients in Northern Ireland.

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She is Clinical Lead in the Healthy Cognitive Aging Project in the NICOLA study, a longitudinal study of aging in Northern Ireland.


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Professor Tony Gallagher
TEDx Talk: 'The Crisis and Education: How it has changed and how it should change more'

The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in dramatic and sudden changes in the way we deliver education, and provoked much discussion on the shape of the post-crisis 'new normal'. Tony Gallagher will suggest that talk of restarting education is misplaced and we need now to focus on resetting education altogether.

Professor Gallagher is a leading expert on the role of education in divided societies and has contributed extensively to education policy locally and internationally. Over the past two decades he has worked on the development of Shared Education through collaborative networks of schools in divided societies working together to promote improvement, equality and cohesion. His current projects focus on Northern Ireland, East Asia and South East Europe, and in the cities of Jerusalem, Beirut and Los Angeles.

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Dr Ali FitzGibbon
TEDx Talk: 'No one thing - Supporting performing artists during and after COVID-19’

COVID-19 is causing a crisis for artists in theatre and music. This talk shares some ideas of some of the underlying problems in performing arts made worse by the pandemic and thoughts on what action is needed.

Dr Ali FitzGibbon is a Lecturer in Creative & Cultural Industries Management and Subject Lead for Arts Management & Cultural at Policy Queen’s University Belfast. She has worked as a producer, programmer, researcher, fundraiser and arts/non-profit consultant on an international level for over 25 years. Her specialist knowledge and research is in performing arts and cultural industries management, particularly focusing on the role of the artist in business, public policy and decision-making.

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Professor John Barry
TEDx Talk: ‘Building back better: a green and just recovery’

Why is it we see politicians ‘listening to the science’ in devising strategies to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, but we do not see the same in relation to climate breakdown? Are there lessons for tackling the planetary emergency from how states and communities have responded to the pandemic, and how can we ‘build back better’?

John Barry is Professor of Green Political Economy and Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queens University Belfast. His areas of research include post-growth and heterodox political economy; the politics, policy and political economy of climate breakdown and low carbon energy transitions; the greening of citizenship and civic republicanism.  He is co-chair of the Belfast Climate Commission.

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Dr Deepti Adlakha
TEDx Talk: ‘Post Pandemic Cities: Design Factors for Health and Equity’

In this talk, Dr. Adlakha will discuss the role of design factors for equitable community development to help civic authorities better respond to COVID-19 and strengthen our preparedness for future pandemics.

Dr. Deepti Adlakha is a Lecturer in the School of Natural and Built Environment. She is a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship and received her doctorate from the Brown School, Prevention Research Center, Washington University in St. Louis, USA. Dr. Adlakha has a background in architecture, urban design, and public health.

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Her research, teaching, and community engagement focus on environmental and policy influences to increase physical activity and reduce chronic diseases worldwide. Dr. Adlakha is Associate Editor for the Global South for an interdisciplinary journal on Cities and Health and serves on the boards of scientific organizations such as the International Society for Physical Activity and Health and the European Network for the Promotion of Health-Enhancing Physical Activity. She has an extensive portfolio of international experience, publishes in high-ranking journals, and is coordinating multiple interdisciplinary research awards to advance the implementation of evidence-based policies for the design of healthy, active environments.


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Professor Emeritus Dave Archard
TEDx Talk: 'Ethics in a Pandemic’

In the current pandemic crisis, the Government needs not just to be led by science but to do ethics in the current pandemic. To do so properly it needs - as other Governments throughout the world have recognized - to be advised by those who are competent and skilled in ethical analysis and to do so transparently and publicly.

Professor David Archard is an internationally leading applied moral philosopher who has written extensively and influentially on important issues such as the rights of the child, the nature of the family, sexual consent, privacy, and on key moral ideas of paternalism, autonomy, partiality, expertise and compromise.

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He served for 12 years as a Member and latterly Deputy Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, is Honorary Vice-President of the Society for Applied Philosophy, and is Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. He has been a Visiting Fellow in Australia, the U.S.A., Norway, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and China.


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