Join us on 14 July for a conversation with Dexter Dias QC and Marcia Rigg

“When someone in state custody says I can’t breathe, their life is in mortal danger. But when a society doesn’t challenge the oxygen of racism that everyone breathes every day, the hope for racial justice and equality in that society is also in mortal danger.”  Dexter Dias QC

Will the horrific death of George Floyd and the global Black Lives Matter protests be a turning-point in the struggle for racial justice? They can be – but only if we become anti racists and use our power and privilege as citizens to demand change in every one of our spheres of influence.

We are delighted to be joined by special guests Dexter Dias QC and Marcia Rigg to deepen our conversation about race and racial equity.
Marcia’s brother Sean Rigg died in police custody as a result of forcible restraint. She has spent the last 12 years campaigning for justice for Sean. 

Dexter is an award-winning international human rights barrister, part-time judge and prize-winning researcher at Cambridge and Harvard who for the past 30 years has represented the families of people of colour who have been killed in state custody.

Their talks will be a starting point: we will make sure we have time for your questions as we explore how to make racial justice a reality. This promises to be another powerful evening.

Dexter Dias @DexterDiasQC Marcia Rigg

Please join us.

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TEDxExeter has always been about sharing powerful ideas, fostering meaningful connections and inspiring positive action, and we need those more than ever now. So, whilst we can’t gather in person, in May we launched TED Circles – an online gathering of our community to explore how we can live life to the full now.

TEDCircles is a TED programme where people gather in small groups to watch a TED talk and share ideas, questions, takeaways and possible actions. From our experience piloting TEDCircles last Autumn, everyone who came really enjoyed the events, connecting with each other and being part of a conversation many others were also having in their communities, globally.

We’d love you to join us for future TEDCircles@TEDxExeter events starting in September.

If you are interested in finding out more please sign up here and we’ll send you all the details.

Plastic Free July 

@PlasticFreeJuly #PlasticClever #ChoosetoRefuse

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.  We’ve featured talks about plastic almost since the start of TEDxExeter. From the effects of plastics in the ocean to two young sisters and their campaign to encourage us all to be #PlasticClever, here are some talks to inspire you to join millions of people reducing their plastic waste.

Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?

Watch some of our TEDxExeter talks below about plastic pollution.

Designing our way out of plastic seasJo Royle @Jo_Royle @CommonSeas

Jo co-designed and skippered the Plastiki, a vessel that floated on 12,000 reused plastic drinks bottles, from San Fransisco to Sydney. Jo is internationally recognised as one of Europe’s leading female ocean yacht skippers and one of the few sailors to have circumnavigated South Georgia in the Southern Ocean. The Plastiki expedition showcased waste as a resource and the crisis of plastic marine pollution.

Plastic pollution: What we saw when we rowed an ocean – Kate Salmon @KateSalmon2

Rowing across the Atlantic Ocean gave her a shocking glimpse of the scale of plastic pollution. She was part of Row for the Ocean, the fastest all-female team to finish the 2018 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Back on dry land, her crew were determined to do something about the problem and set up Plastic Free Exeter.

Kids Against Plastic – Amy & Ella Meek @KidsVplastic

Can we count on adults alone to save the planet? Amy and Ella, young founders of Kids Against Plastic, don’t think so. They realised plastic was a double-edged sword: a magnificent invention, but also an enormous environmental monster in waiting. So in 2016 they founded Kids Against Plastic to encourage all of us to do something about the problems caused by single-use plastics and become plastic clever.

Hope in a (plastic) bottle: from beach to bathroom – Virginie Helias @virginiehelias

Eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans every year. Virginie Helias, Vice President of Global Sustainability at Procter & Gamble, explains how one brand whose products have been part of the problem set about making them part of the solution, collecting plastic litter from beaches and turning it into new shampoo bottles. She argues big businesses need to step up if we are to create a circular economy where nothing is wasted.

And to cheer you up…….

A love poem for lonely prime numbers – Harry Baker @harrybakerpoet

Performance poet (and then maths student) Harry Baker spins a love poem about his favourite kind of numbers — the lonely, love-lorn prime. Stay on for two more lively, inspiring poems from this charming performer.

Other news

PPE for local health and social care workers

Some of the TEDxExeter team are supporting local health and care teams through this difficult time by co-designing, making and distributing vital PPE. You can find out more about volunteering and supporting the project here.

COVID-19 tracking app

Dr Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, was due to speak at TEDxExeter 2020. He and a team of research scientists have developed a COVID-19 tracking app to study the symptoms of the virus and track how it spreads. You can find out more about the app and how take part in this research here.

Sharing accurate information

Exeter City Council runs the Exeter Coronavirus Updates Facebook group where you can find and share details of community initiatives.

Journalist Matt D’Ancona was due to be speaking at TEDxExeter 2020. Matt is part of Tortoise Media whose mission is to bring us the news behind the headlines. You can sign up to their free daily mailing, The Sensemaker, here.

TEDxExeter 2020 is postponed until 2021

If you’ve bought tickets for this year’s event, we would love to see you next year. Your tickets will be valid for our 2021 event (at 2020 prices!), so you don’t need to do anything.

On April 17th almost a thousand of us were due to gather on the University campus for TEDxExeter 2020, exploring the futures we want to create. Many more of you were planning to watch the day live in the city, in workplaces, schools, hospitals and more. We are sorry to miss you! Since deciding to postpone the event the pandemic has spread across the globe with swift, devastating, ongoing consequences. If this virus reminds us of anything, it’s that we are all so deeply interconnected – in both beautiful ways and terrifying ones.

For details about refunds on tickets see FAQs below.

TEDxExeter 2020 FAQs


If you do not wish to carry your ticket over for use at our 2021 event, you will be refunded. Please go to your Eventbrite account, select your purchased ticket and request a refund.  This will be automatically directed to Rosie at TEDxExeter, who will approve the request and a refund will be issued directly from Eventbrite, to the card account it was originally purchased from.

When will the rearranged event take place?

Date will be confirmed for 2021

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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

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

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“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