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TEDxUQ 2021

We are delighted to announce that we will be returning in 2021 to deliver yet another independently organised TEDx event at The University of Queensland! 

This year, guests will have the opportunity to hear game-changing ideas and connect with leading researchers, artists, entrepreneurs, and public figures. The day will also offer the chance to witness some of Brisbane’s best performing talent, and interact with local organisations at our innovation booths. Come along to join the conversation in a day of ideas, innovation, community, and critical thinking at TEDxUQ 2021: Connected.

Date: Saturday 13 March 2021
Location: UQ Advanced Engineering Building – GHD Auditorium

Ticket details:
Each ticket includes full-day theatre access, lunch, afternoon tea, access to the innovation booths, and an attendee bag.
The post-event function ticket includes canapés and drinks, as well as an exclusive opportunity to engage with speakers.

Ticket Prices (not including booking fee):
UQ student – $45
UQ alumni/staff – $55
General public – $65
Post-event function – additional $15 per ticket

We will be live-streaming the whole event on our Facebook page. Make sure to tune in to your favourite speakers and performers.


TEDxUQ is an annual independently organised event that began in 2011. Since then, our events have continued to evolve. We pride ourselves on creating a unique event every year, and do our best to ensure that all attendees have an engaging and stimulating experience.

By attending a TEDxUQ event or watching our live stream, you’ll be the first to hear about the diverse ideas and research being developed by the UQ and Brisbane community. Between talks, you can watch talented live performers, selected especially for the TEDxUQ stage.

At TEDxUQ, we are all about interaction and collaboration. We strongly encourage you to interact with other attendees and the speakers from the day, as well as local organisations at our Innovation Booths during the session breaks. As an attendee, you can enjoy a pre-packaged lunch and snacks while mingling with other attendees and listening to live music by local artists. 

Whether you’re a new or an existing student, TEDxUQ is a great way to immerse yourself into new knowledge and provides incredible networking opportunities with highly skilled individuals from a range of fields. We welcome staff, alumni, and the wider Brisbane community to join us as well!

Sign up via the link below to keep up to date on our upcoming events!


Directors: Janice Reid and Madalyn Conwell

In 2019, TEDxUQ chose the theme Ask Why to celebrate curiosity and to challenge what we think we know. What is curiosity? It is the young child who will ask why the sky is blue, the scientist on the brink of discovery, or the entrepreneur at the start of a groundbreaking venture. Ask Why was inspired by the curious, the innovators, and the ground shakers. Ask Why was TEDxUQ’s largest event to date, with 500 attendees gathering in the Advanced Engineering Building.


Directors: Janice Reid and Jarrad Aspen

The theme of TEDxUQ’s 2018 event was i am [ ]. This theme encapsulated two of our key pillars, innovation and diversity, and was inspired by how people define themselves. Our speakers were able to share their personal experiences and explain how these led them to the TEDxUQ stage.


Director: Adrian Stokes

The Thinking Out Loud theme stemmed from the idea that conversations and collaborations are the driving force behind innovation and change. Participants were exposed to ideas and research that were unfamiliar to some, showcasing a diverse range of fields in the domains of science, technology, psychology, business, and culture.


Director: Montgomery Quaife-Ryan

The Future Frontiers theme was chosen because of our uncertainty in the future and a desire to uncover new frontiers and possibilities. The event looked at ideas and research shaping the frontiers of science, technology, psychology, business, law, and the arts by bringing together thought leaders from the UQ community.


Director: Marya Atmeh

In 2015, TEDxUQ returned for its third annual instalment of sharing “ideas worth spreading” at UQ. The Rewrite the Rules theme emerged from the conception that thoughts and understandings are constantly shaped by external factors, including tradition and upbringing.


Director: Lawrence Kurniawan Wong

TEDxUQ’s second annual event, held in the Advanced Engineering Building in March 2014, discussed the theme Old Ideas, New World. Participants explored how connecting with classic ideas could open a world of possibilities, even in an age of exponential change.


Director: Lawrence Kurniawan Wong

TEDxUQ’s 2013 event was held in March at the Physiology Lecture Theatre. The event was centered around the theme Extraordinary and attracted speakers that covered a diverse range of topics including human minds, robots, impostors, achieving success, genetically modified organisms, and entrepreneurship.