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TEDxExeter Climate Change Countdown

SOS Ocean Emergency with Simon Reeve and Alasdair Harris

We had the second of our TEDxExeter Climate Change Countdown 2021 series on 16 March with 250 people attending, our biggest interactive online event to date!

Save the Date

Our next TEDxExeter Countdown evening will be on Tuesday 15 June. More details to follow.

We’re thrilled to release our latest talk, filmed in a studio setting, from the renowned neuroscientist, broadcaster and author, Dr Hannah Critchlow.

In this fascinating and timely talk, How our Brains Shape our Destiny, renowned neuroscientist, broadcaster and author, Dr Hannah Critchlow explains how the answers to fundamental questions about fate and free will lie in our understanding of the human brain.  Her talk draws on research for her latest book, The Science of Fate, a highly accessible and awe-inspiring examination of the science of who we are, which made the Sunday Times Bestseller list. Her talk is an investigation of how to shape our best future through neuroscience, using examples from everyday life to show the potential, as well as the dangers, which come with being able to predict our likely futures.  

For more information about Hannah Critchlow click here

TEDxExeter will return in 2022

It is with great regret that we have taken the decision to postpone our next live TEDxExeter event until 2022. The continuing uncertainty over when we will be able to gather again in large numbers has affected many planned events, and has had an impact on the availability of the venues we would normally use in Exeter.


TEDxExeter organiser, Claire Kennedy, said: ‘As a volunteer-led, non-profit collaborative, we rely on ticket sales and the generosity of our partners and sponsors to make TEDxExeter a success. It is also a huge commitment for our speakers, who give up their time voluntarily to prepare over many months.


‘TEDxExeter is all about human connection and stimulating conversations. Alongside our 900+ audience in Exeter, groups of people come together across the world to livestream and share in our event, and this just isn’t possible to plan for at the moment. This has been a very difficult decision, but we are determined to come back stronger than ever next year.’


While TEDxExeter will return to the city in 2022, we have already held several online events, including a powerful talk from human rights lawyer Dexter Dias QC on racism in the justice system. We are also encouraging people to join the global TED Countdown campaign focusing on climate change, with a series of online TEDxExeter events this year. Our next event will be on 26 January, which will feature a conversation with Roman Krznaric on what it takes to be ‘a good ancestor’ and a ‘time rebel’. Find out more below.

All ticket holders will be contacted individually with details of how they will receive a refund. We hope to be able to announce firm dates for 2022 later this year.


TEDxExeter Countdown
How can we be good ancestors?

The TEDxExeter Climate Change Countdown 2021 series got off to a flying start on 25 January, when we gathered on Zoom to cast our minds into the distant future and talked with public philosopher and renowned author, Roman Krznaric about how to be ‘A Good Ancestor’.

Our next TEDxExeter Countdown conversation will be on 16 March. Details at the top of the page

Our world is divided like never before in our living memory by this thing called “race”. As a human rights lawyer I’ve represented families who have been torn apart by it. But what if I told you race is a myth? I gave this TED Talk because I wanted to decode and debunk one of the most powerful and pernicious forces on earth – and suggest what we can do to change it.”  Dexter Dias QC

We are beyond proud to announce that TEDxExeter’s talk with human rights lawyer Dexter Dias QC –  Racism thrives on silence – speak up! – is now live on TED.com and has had over 1.25 million views!

This is a huge moment for the TEDxExeter team. In the midst of a global pandemic and UK lockdown, we were compelled to respond to the death of George Floyd, and to join the vital conversation around the Black Lives Matter movement. We wrote, curated and filmed this talk remotely from our homes in five days. 500 people joined us via a Zoom webinar to watch it. 

By watching this talk, you are keeping Black Lives Matter current and crucial; ensuring that nobody will forget the unlawful killings, not just of George Floyd, but as Dexter explains, of so many other black people in police custody each year.

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Ideas worth spreading

TEDxExeter is Exeter’s Festival of Ideas, a local festival with global reach. Our talks are filmed, released freely on the TEDxYouTube channel and translated into up to 34 languages. They have been viewed over 24 million times by a truly global audience. TEDxExeter has been ranked the 4th TEDx in the world for talks with 1m+ views on TED.com.

TEDxExeter is organised by volunteers from the community, for the community. People who believe ideas can change the world. We organise one main, annual conference and additional, smaller events throughout the year.

We provide a unique platform in Exeter which brings together influential thinkers, policy makers and a diverse audience from across the city and beyond. We work hard to create stimulating and thought-provoking events – but our ultimate aim and greatest hope is that through them we can galvanise positive action

Find out more about TEDxExeter

“TEDxExeter offers us the chance to lift our gaze above the day to day, to step back, to reflect, to be challenged, and to go out at the end of the day inspired to make a positive difference” Claire Kennedy, licensee and curator of TEDxExeter

“One of Exeter’s best exports” Karime Hassan, Chief Executive and Growth Director of Exeter City Council

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. 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.)

“TEDxExeter provides a launchpad for new ideas, supporting speakers from all walks of life to share their worlds, experiences and dreams. ” Steve Simpson – TEDxExeter 2019 Speaker


“TEDx is stimulation and inspiration, different ways of looking at the world, it shows the world through other peoples’ eyes.” Chris Turner -TEDxExeter 2019 Speaker