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James Wallman
James Wallman Experiential Expert @jameswallman James Wallman has been described as “the Malcolm Gladwell of today's Experience Economy. He brings together the best of social science research with insights and stories relayed with wit and verve.” He is the author of the best-selling book, Time And How To Spend It, published by Penguin in 2019...
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David Epstein
David Epstein Investigative Science Writer @DavidEpstein David Epstein is the author of the #1 New York Times best seller Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, and of the best seller The Sports Gene. He was previously a reporter at ProPublica, where his investigations spanned drug cartels to poor medical practices. Prior to that,...
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The Rubber Duck Orchestra
The Rubber Duck Orchestra Balkan Voices @DuckOrchestra TheRubberDuckOrchestra The 7 musicians of the The Duck Orchestra have a unique and eclectic Eastern European sound weaving Balkan, Roma, Klezmer and Swing styles of sound. Drawing upon combined experiences and musical influences, including years spent in Bosnia, Palestine, East Africa, and deepest Manchester, the Rubber Duck Orchestra...
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Stacey Copeland
Stacey Copeland Mancunian Boxer @scopelandboxer Pave The Way Stacey Copeland has represented her country in two sports, football and boxing. As an amateur boxer Stacey won a European silver medal and has now turned professional; last year she made history when she fought in Zimbabwe and became the first ever British woman to win the...
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James Bloodworth
James Bloodworth Big Tech Investigator @J_Bloodworth James Bloodworth is a freelance writer and the author of the critically acclaimed book Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain, which was recognised by The Times as its Current Affairs Book of the Year for 2018. Guardian columnist Nick Cohen reviewed the book as “vital reading for all”....
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Katie Steckles
Katie Steckles Friendly Neighbourhood Mathematician @stecks katiesteckles.co.uk Katie Steckles is a mathematician based in Manchester, who gives talks and workshops and writes about mathematics. She finished her PhD in 2011, and since then has talked about maths in schools, at science festivals, on BBC radio and TV, at music festivals, as part of theatre shows...
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Sarah Bridle
Sarah Bridle Climate Cosmologist @sarahbridle sarahbridle.net A Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Manchester, Sarah has diversified from cosmology into agriculture and food research, motivated by the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2017, Sarah founded the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Food Network bringing together academic food research and industry with...
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Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson
Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson Insect Evangelist @annesver nmbu.no Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson is a Professor of Conservation Biology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and a scientific advisor for The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research. Anne’s research focuses on insect ecology and the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem services, especially in the forest. In addition to her scientific...
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Salah Sharief
Salah Sharief Entrepreneur, Academic, & Drone Warfare Critic linkedin facebook.com/salahshariefpage Wordsmiths Salah Sharief is the founder and director of Wordsmiths, an online proofreading and editing company. He holds a PhD in law from the University of Leeds, where he researched the dehumanisation of drone warfare. Salah is also a community leader in Manchester wherein he...
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Steve Bugeja
Steve Bugeja Comic Observer @SteveBugeja stevebugeja.com Steve Bugeja is one of comedy’s most exciting rising stars. Since winning the BBC New Comedy Award in 2013, Steve has gone on to host the BBC Radio 4 series Economics with Subtitles, and has made numerous appearances on TV shows such as Love Island: Aftersun (ITV2), Russell Howard’s...
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