Main Conference 2019

Main Conference 2019

Wrong Way, Go Ahead!

Press Release

TEDxUniversityofGlasgow 2019, the sixth annual TEDxUniversityofGlasgow conference took place on the 2nd of March at the SWG3. The independently organised event, licensed by TED, featured local voices and TED talk videos under the theme of ‘Wrong Way, Go Ahead.’ The conference was held in Galvanizers at SWG3. We are grateful to our aspiring speakers and great audience for coming along and sharing their ideas at the much-anticipated annual event.
TEDxUniversityofGlasgow is proud to announce the theme of this year’s conference: “Wrong Way – Go Ahead”. Telling histories of exclusion and refusal to comply with the norm and how these can lead to greatness, self-accomplishment and achievement. We are living in a world where an increasing amount of importance is given to individuals, their struggles and values. However, Identity politics and a rise of right-wing movements in recent years keep reminding us of what is acceptable and what is not in the eyes of various interest groups, what should be shown and what should be hidden, what should exist and what should not.
History showed us that difference breeds innovation, instead of stifling it. Artists, writers, scientists, whether it be accidental or not, have brought us ground-breaking inventions, moving pieces of art, by using different methods, exploring unbeaten paths, and straying from the norm. We want to share with you, our audience, that the only time where difference is necessarily followed by exclusion is in the dictionary. Difference is a chance for growth, self-improvement, and not an end in itself. We think we hit a wall, but sometimes it is merely a step towards achieving our full potential.
Nature teaches us that the salmon swims upstream not out of folly, but to carry out the task he’s been assigned. Why can’t we swim against the current of normality, bringing with us the values we hold close to heart, becoming ourselves?

There is no wrong way. The only way we can go is forward.


Judith Robertson – Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission.
Mark Symes – Chemistry Researcher at the University of Glasgow.
Matt Fountain – Founder of the Freedom Bakery.
Sean Lìonadh – Glaswegian Award-Winning Filmmaker & Poet.
Miha Pipan – Cofounder and Scientific Lead at Entomics Biosystems.
Noor Sabha – Second Year Psychology student at the University of Glasgow.
Elisa Morgera – Professor of Global Environmental Law at the University of Strathclyde.
Paula McGuire – Author and Blogger.
Soumya Polavrapu – Fourth Year International student of Biochemistry and Art History from Juniata College.

TEDxUniversityofGlasgow 2019 Team would like to give a big thanks to our lead partner, the Adam Smith Business School, for guiding us through the organisation of the event. The team would also like to express our gratitude to our gold sponsors for this year’s conference, Finsbay Flatiron and Teglc. We would also like to thank the SRC, the GIST, Tunnocks, T2, Hillhead Bookclub, John Smith’s bookshop and J.P. Morgan for making this event possible.