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For Immediate Release: September 28, 2011
Gina Hebert, Marine Biological Laboratory, 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu
Diana Kenney, Marine Biological Laboratory, 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu

Scientists, Artists, Creators, and Explorers to Share Adventures at TEDxWoodsHole, October 15
Event to feature talks, live performances, and videos on Technology, Entertainment, and Design

WOODS HOLE, MA—Following on a very popular and successful inaugural event in 2010, TEDxWoodsHole 2011: xPlorations will be held Saturday, October 15 from 12:30-5:00 PM. The live show will be held in Lillie Auditorium, Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole. A simulcast will be screened in Redfield Auditorium, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 57 Water Street, Woods Hole. Doors at both locations open at noon.

The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature scientists, artists, thinkers, and creators from the Woods Hole community and beyond. Brief, unique talks, stirring performances, and TEDTalks videos will take the audience from the Arctic to the tropics to the depths of the sea; from gorgeous music to amazing robotics to ecology, bio-design and beyond; and into the minds of passionate people who believe in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world.

The event is FREE for non-reserved seats, which are available that day on a first come, first served basis. Limited reserved seating is available for $50/seat and includes a reserved parking space and limited edition TEDxWoodsHole t-shirt not available for sale. To reserve a seat, call 508-289-7423.

TEDxWoodsHole is sponsored by The Marine Biological Laboratory; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Woods Hole Research Center; and local businesses and individuals.


About TEDx, x = independently organized event
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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED