Breaking Gender Barriers In The World Of Alpinism | Marion Poitevin

Marion Poitevin has three rules for success that have led her to break many barriers for women in high mountain professions in France. Her entertaining personal story of triumph is an inspiration. Marion is as enthusiastic as she is passionate about the mountains and overcoming challenges. Her unique career is a result of breaking through gender barriers, working in what some consider ‘man-only’ environments, while blazing a path for other women to follow. After being the first woman in the mountaineering teams of the French army and police, she has gone on to participate in mountain expeditions on nearly every continent and continues to inspire and encourage women to take a leading role in the mountains.

Stop Eating Junk News | Heba Aly

Over the last decade, we’ve awoken to the fact that junk food hurts us. It’s time for a similar revolution in our news consumption. Much as a nutritionist gives us tools for healthy eating, Heba Aly gives us tools to stop consuming and supporting junk news. As director of, Heba Aly strives to put quality, independent journalism at the service of the most vulnerable people on earth.

We Are All Instinctively Mathematical | Lise-Anne Putnam

Dr. Lise-Anne Putnam believes that humans are instinctively mathematical. What do mathematical probability and statistics say about the real world? About the reality we all inhabit, where probabilistic events happen all around us and where statistical statements fill our news feeds. How can we process all of this? Dr. Lise-Anne Putnam delivers some key probability and statistics concepts with which we can arm ourselves to think critically about the real world.

What Corporations Can Do About Climate Change | Naomi Swickard

Naomi Swickard looks at changes that need to occur on a mass scale to ensure that we can continue to sustain life on our planet. We must think beyond government policy and individual action and involve large corporations that utilize most the earth’s resources. Naomi Swickard has worked on climate change and sustainable development issues for more than a decade. She’s an original tree-hugger, whose efforts focus on the agriculture and forestry sectors, seeking to reduce deforestation and drive positive change in the land-use sector. Naomi currently focuses on broad green-growth strategies and the promotion of sustainable production in countries around the world.

Pre-habilitate And Come Back Stronger | Jean-Charles Rollier

Dr. Jean-Charles Rollier debunks the myth of physical limitations after orthopedic surgery. His groundbreaking techniques employed before and after surgery get patients walking, running, skiing and more — faster and stronger. Dr Jean-Charles Rollier is a world-renowned orthopaedic surgeon. He has worked to develop new implants and to perfect surgical methods for knee and hip replacements. His goal is for injured athletes to regain their sporting level as quickly as possible and for anyone with a prosthesis to continue to pursue the physical activities they love.

How Open Science Protects Us | Tim Smith

Science is a process by which we understand our Universe. Sharing results openly at every stage of the process enables others to cross-check and build on the results, says Dr Tim Smith. Tim illustrates this process through the eyes of CERN, the world’s biggest scientific experiment, and explains why open science is needed now more than ever.

Why Cash Is Better Aid For Refugees | Alyoscia D’Onofrio

The humanitarian aid industry needs an overhaul to bring the “humanity” back into “humanitarian”. Alyoscia D’Onofrio outlines four main problems (scale, urgency, habits and power disparities) and three scalable solutions (cash assistance, data and accountability) that work in urgent situations.

Our Dirty Mountain Air | Anne Lassman-Trappier

92% of the world’s population is exposed to health-damaging levels of air pollution. Anne Lassman-Trappier shares the eye-opening truth on air pollution in the Chamonix valley and how her organization, Inspire, is leading the fight against it. Committed people can make change, and her talk is focused on how this can work.

Give Me A Map Of The Unknown | Misha Gopaul

Technology is changing how we navigate our world. “We are moving from static abstractions to virtual worlds”, says Misha Gopaul as he describes how 21st Century mapping of the mountains is making adventure possible. He tells his personal story of how taking risk and having faith in the science of his product led to the most accurate and detailed mountain mapping technology available today.

How To Prepare For The Flight Of A Lifetime | Ellen Brennan

“3-2-1 see ya!”, Ellen Brennan flies into history as a pioneer in the extreme sport of Wingsuit BASE-jumping. She tells her powerful story of what it took to master her craft and do the impossible. Ellen Brennan follows her passion of Wingsuit BASE-jumping to explore the boundaries of what we think is possible. Her dedication to the sport has led her to become one of the top female athletes in her field. Best known for her feats in wingsuit competitions, Ellen has become known as the “Fastest Flying Woman in the World.”

Science Is Better With Bats | Alexa Sadier

One of the most interesting and under-studied of animals is the bat. Dr. Alexa Sadier explains how important bats are to our natural world, and how we can understand scientific inquiry and discovery by studying them. She reminds us that scientific inquiry can take centuries: the work being done now may contribute to a breakthrough in 100 or 200 years, so we must keep exploring the scientific world. Dr Alexa Sadier researches evolutionary biology by studying bats in Dr Karen Sears’ lab UIUC now UCLA. She’s from Chamonix, France and is also an alpinist and a freeride skier. Breaking through her physical limits inspired her to push the limits of scientific research. In her own words: “I quickly understood that exploring science is not so different from exploring the mountains.”