We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.


Looking at an incredibly broad range of topics, ranging from mind & mathematics to philosophy & performance art, TEDxCambridgeUniversity will examine the simple power of asking Why, and the ways in which questioning the status quo may allow us to subvert established thinking and discover better solutions. With a diverse and exciting group of speakers at the forefront of their fields, this event is definitely not to be missed!



At TEDxCambridgeUniversity, we are known for creating two things: a conference and a community.


At our TEDxCambridgeUniversity events, we combine live speakers with TED videos to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. We host an annual TEDx conference, but also smaller TEDxSalons throughout the year.


We also want to connect people who share an interest in ideas, personal development and forward thinking from across the university. Students, professors, postgrads, undergrads, Erasmus, scientists, arts and humanities alike – we would love to have you.


Ticket applications are now OPEN for our 2018 Conference on Saturday 17th March. Click here to check out our amazing speakers, and here to purchase tickets!

Where - St John's College, Fisher Building

When - March 17th, 2018

Time - Morning 9-1pm, Afternoon 1:30-5:30pm

Our theme for 2016’s conference was ‘Connecting the Arts and Sciences’ in which our talks explored the dichotomy between the Arts and Sciences and whether this distinction is as clear-cut as has often been assumed. What do you study: an art or a science? Is this even a legitimate question? The twenty-first century is one of breaking down and blurring boundaries: between genders, races, identities – and, even, subjects. Fundamentally, the Arts and Sciences are both in search of the same thing: understanding both ourselves and the world around us. The aim of our conference was to explore from a number of angles the ways in which they arts and sciences relate to one another, and examine the innovation that emerges from this interaction.

Do new ideas always build upon heritage and tradition? Or is breaking free of the paradigm the only way of achieving true innovation? Last year we looked into these questions and more with our theme ‘Jumping Off The Shoulders Of Giants’. Looking at an incredibly broad range of topics, from philosophy & physics to art & anthropology, we examined the role of scientific and artistic traditions in fostering innovation, as well as the courage and power required to break free of them.