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TEDxTbilisi - David Lordkipanidze - The First Humans Out of Africa

David Lordkipanidze discusses the discovery of one of the world's most important archeological sites, and the challenge of changing humanity's view of it's origins.Prof. David Lordkipanidze is the first General Director of the Georgian National Museum founded in 2004, which unified 10 major museums in Georgia and 2 research institutes. Under his leadership, the Museum has gradually been transformed from a Soviet-type institution into a vibrant space for culture, education and science. Most recently, Lordkipanidze was involved in the discovery of ancient hominid remains in Dmanisi.Prof. Lordkipanidze has authored over 100 scientific articles published in respected and well-known scientific journals such as Nature, Science Magazine, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences of USA, Journal of Human Evolution and more. He has also served both as a member and as the chair of science committees for the exhibition concepts in the leading museums of USA, Japan, France, Italy, Brazil, and Spain. He was a visiting Professor at Harvard University (2002) and serves as a professor of European program Erasmus mundus. He also is a guest speaker and the scholar-in-residence in foreign universities and institutions.Lordkipanidze has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including the French decorations Palmes Acad?miques (2002), a Fulbright Scholarship (2002), the Rolex Award for Enterprise (2004), and the Presidential Order of Excellence (2011), among others. He is also a foreign associate member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), corresponding member of German archeological institute (2008), corresponding member of Georgian National Academy of Sciences (2009), member of European Academy of Science and Arts (2009), member of the academy of Europe (2010).In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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