Director of MIT’s Space Enabled Research Lab | Assistant Prof. of Media Arts and Sciences
President Emerita of MIT | Author of The Age of Living Machines
One of the World's Most Foremost Neuroscientists
Cognitive Scientist | Expert in the Fields of Language and Cognition
Evolutionary Biologist | Former Co-Host of Daily Planet
Author of Everybody Lies | Former Google Data Scientist | New York Times Opinion Writer | Wharton Visiting Lecturer
The first Hispanic Woman in Space | Dir. of NASA Johnson Space Center (2013-2018)
Professor of Psychology at Columbia University | Author of Wired to Create
Cognitive Neuroscientist | Host of Startalk All-Stars with Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, and Upheaval
One of the World’s Most Distinguished Biologists
Theoretical Physicist and Novelist
Author of New York Times Bestselling Falter and The End of Nature | Leading Environmental Speaker and Founder of 350.org
Author of Enlightenment Now and The Better Angels of Our Nature
CEO of Phylagen, Inc. | TED Senior Fellow
Deputy Director of Surveillance, Data & Epidemiology for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | Guest Host of The Nature of Things
Cybersecurity Expert | Author of Women in Tech
Director of MIT Media Lab’s Community Biotechnology Initiative
Author of Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space
Janna Levin is changing the way we understand the cosmos. She brings originality, lucidity—and even poetry—to one of humanity’s oldest sciences. And in her book Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from O...
Contributing Writer for The New Yorker | New York Times Bestselling Author
A New Yorker science writer who rocketed to poker stardom, Maria Konnikova is a brilliant decoder of why we make decisions—and how we can make better ones. And with a PhD in the psychology of risk per...
Astrophysicist | TED Fellow | Blumberg Chair in Astrobiology
Lucianne Walkowicz is an astrophysicist and multimedia artist. Her work delves into a question both scientific, and fundamentally human: what is the nature of life in the universe? In passionate and e...
Author of Hidden Figures: the #1 New York Times bestseller, and inspiration for the #1 movie.
Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures—a #1 NYT bestseller and inspiration for a #1 movie in America—is the true story of the black women mathematicians at NASA who helped fuel some of America’s greate...
CEO and Co-Founder of EpiBone, TED Senior Fellow
Nina Tandon is at the cutting edge of science where sci-fi meets reality. She works on growing artificial hearts and bones that can be put into the body, and studies the new frontier of biotech: homes...
Data Ecologist and Complexity Scientist
TED Speaker | Neuroscientist | Cofounder and CEO of Backyard Brains
Greg Gage is starting a neuro-revolution—or “neuroscience for the 99%.” That means affordable, DIY labs in classrooms around the world. From his live experiments on the TED stage (now with over 8 mill...
Host of Angry Planet | Royal Canadian Geographical Society Explorer-in-Residence
New York Times Reporter for Science and Medicine; Author of Mercies in Disguise, Rethinking Thin, Ultimate Fitness, and Flu
Gina Kolata demystifies the science of personal health. The author of six books, including Mercies in Disguise, Kolata’s acclaimed writing and front page New York Times stories—on stem cell research, ...
Founder & CEO of The FRESHGLOW Co.
Author of Palaces for the People and Going Solo
The future of cities and democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on social infrastructure: the libraries, parks, schools, and civic organizations where crucial, sometimes life-savin...
Science Writer and Broadcaster | Author of Rise of the Necrofauna
Global Head, Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic
Neuroscientist and Author of Portraits of the Mind
Carl Schoonover became a neuroscientist because, simply put, he is fascinated by how the brain works. And he wants to share that enthusiasm (and his findings) with as large of an audience as possible....
Expert on the spread of pandemics worldwide
The Indiana Jones of virus hunting, Nathan Wolfe travels the world to track, study, and eradicate the next pandemic before it strikes. One of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, this Vira...
Chairman and CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, Innovation Speaker
It’s very likely that the future of space exploration lies in the hands of Dr. Peter Diamandis. As co-founder of the XPRIZE Foundation, he oversaw the creation of the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for com...
Psychologist and Author of The Village Effect and The Sexual Paradox
Psychologist and award-winning author Susan Pinker is a seasoned observer of modern communication and social contact. Whether writing on gender differences, as in The Sexual Paradox, or on why face-to...
UCLA Climate Scientist and Author of The World in 2050
How will the combination of a booming global population, global warming, and rising sea levels transform the world? To Dr. Laurence C. Smith, one of the world’s leading climate scientists and author o...
Author of Look Me in the Eye and Switched On