Sejam bem-vindos à primeira lista de temas TEDx em português: 5 talks in Portuguese

With over 6,000 events (in over 100 countries and over 1,000 cities) having taken place since the TEDx program’s start in 2009, the TEDx community is truly global. And with a community like this, we at the TEDx blog have decided to try something new — weekly language playlists!

TEDx is proud to present its first playlist in Portuguese. This beautiful language is spoken all over the world and has more than 200 million speakers, making it the 6th most spoken language in the world.

Gostaria de ver palestras noutra língua, para além do inglês? Ou está a aprender a língua e quer uma maneira divertida de aprender e de descobrir a cultura lusófona? Abaixo, 5 palestras TEDx em português.

Below, 5 TEDx Talks from events in Brazil, Portugal and Angola that will teach you about robots, Angolan dance, and the beauty of genes.

TEACHERS: Did you know it’s possible to create a virtual lesson from a TEDx talk? At TED-Ed you can quickly flip any of these talks. Check out these questions we whipped up for Ana Clara Guerra Marques’ talk and find out more about how you can make your own TED-Ed lessons.

A utopia da imortalidade: Stevens Rehen at TEDxUFRJ
At TEDxUFRJ, celebrated scientist Stevens Rehen talks about stem cells and his new project creating art out of genetic material.

No TEDxUFRJ, o famoso cientista Stevens Rehen fala sobre células estaminais e sobre o seu novo projeto de criação artística a partir de material genético.
Robôs como assistentes inteligentes: Estela Bicho and Emanuel Sousa at TEDxGuimarães
In this charming talk at TEDxGuimarãesEstela Bicho and Emanuel Sousa demonstrate cool things robots can do and highlight some of the many uses robots have around the house.

Nesta encantadora palestra no TEDxGuimarães, Estela Bicho e Emanuel Sousa demonstram as coisas giras que os robôs conseguem fazer e destacam algumas das muitas utilidades domésticas dos robôs.

Fibrenamics: Raul Fangueiro at TEDxVimaranes
At TEDxVimaranes, Raul Fangueiro explores material science and how the fibers used in this fascinating field are used in everyday life.

No TEDxVimaranes, Raul Fangueiro explora a ciência dos materiais e como as fibras usadas neste fascinante campo científico são usadas no nosso quotidiano.

Pioneira da dança contemporânea em Angola: Ana Clara Guerra Marques at TEDxLuanda
Know much about the history of contemporary dance in Angola? Find out all about it in this talk from professional dancer Ana Clara Guerra at TEDxLuanda.

Conhece bem a história da dança contemporânea em Angola? Saiba tudo sobre isso nesta palestra da bailarina e coreógrafa Ana Clara Guerra no TEDxLuanda.

Linguagem, humor e pensamento crítico: Leandro Morgado at TEDxGuimarães
Learn to tell jokes in Portuguese with the help of professional funny guy Leandro Morgado at TEDxGuimarães.

Aprenda a contar anedotas em português com a ajuda do comediante Leandro Morgado no TEDxGuimarães.

7 women in science expand our knowledge of the world

This Friday and Saturday, November 30 and December 1, over 150 TEDx events will join the anchor TEDxWomen event in Washington D.C. in a global conversation about the state of women in the world today. Right now, influential and inspiring women are making great strides in the field of science, from the study of tiny microbes to the development of quantum computing. In the spirit of TEDxWomen, we present seven talks from women who are helping to expand our scientific horizons.

Click here for the TEDxWomen livestream, which will be broadcasting from
Friday, November 30 at 6:00 pm to Saturday, December 1 at 7:45 pm EST.

Exploit to preserve: Larissa Oliveira at TEDxAmazonia

When Larissa Oliveira arrived in Peru to study a new species of fur seal, she discovered that it was already threatened by the loss of its primary food source due to overfishing and the effects of climate change. She shares her story of taking action to convince governments and communities that the the little-known anchovita fish — and the creatures who depend on it — are worth saving. (Spanish, with English subtitles).

The secret language of flowers: Heather Whitney at TEDxSalford

Flowers are astoundingly manipulative, and need to be if they are to defend themselves against predators, find food and reproduce. Heather Whitney sheds light on the invisible tactics flowers use to exploit their pollinators.

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TEDxRio+20 is happening in Rio this weekend — June 11th and 12th — before the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development: RIO+20. 

The venue of TEDxRio+20 is being built especially for RIO+20 (see its amazing construction above), and is at the Forte de Copacabana, between Copacabana and Ipanema. Called Humanidade2012, the space was specially built to bring reflection and also deepen the understanding of a possible model for development that considers the impacts of past, present and future to ensure better living conditions around the world. 

This TEDx event is a regional collaboration between many TEDx organizers in Brazil: TEDxRio, TEDxLaçador, TEDxSaoPaulo, TEDxAmazonia and TEDxVilaMadá as well as TEDxPelourinho, TEDxBaiadaIlhaGrande, TEDxTombo, TEDxBeloHorizonte and TEDxVer-o-Peso. 

With speakers like Vik Muniz, Kiran Bedi, Fabien Cousteau, William Kamkwamba and more, TEDxRio+20 will unite diverse thinkers to understand and analyze HUMAN POWER, a force with the great capacity to destroy, maintain, and above all, to construct a new planet and a new way of life.

Connecting Brazilian TEDx’es through TEDxChange

TEDxChange — themed “the Big Picture” — is asking communities all around the world to stop thinking small and start thinking big: How do you contribute to the world’s problems and how can you contribute to their solution?

Mauricio Curi — organizer of TEDxVilaMada — and the Brazilian TEDx community are directly answering that question: A network of 13 events throughout Brazil will jointly take part in the April 5th livestream of TEDxChange.


A few of the 13 events will have live speakers, who will be broadcast concurrently to the stage of the other events around the country. 

Since 2011, TEDxVilaMada has been using a platform they call UxChange to make sure that good ideas are turned into better actions. They started with a C02 compensation initiative that had events handing out test tubes of tree seedlings to each attendee, along with instructions on how to plant the trees. The progress of these seedlings is tracked on the UxChange platform.

To date, eight different events have taken part, and Mauricio Curi has high hopes for this year, noting, “We intend to run UxChange again at TEDxVilaMadáChange, our first 2012 event, in cooperation with other Brazilian TEDx organizers…the idea is to compensate C02 emissions nationwide.”