TEDx Special: Laura Green

TEDxWellington is bringing together some of Wellington’s best inspiring ideas, delicious stories and the amazing people who can tell them. Hitting Wellington on 24 August, the event promises to be a huge hit. Over the next couple of days, we’ll be featuring interviews from some of the speakers. You can find them all with the tag TEDx. 


1) first of all, name and what you say you do at a party
Name: Laura

What I say I do: “I’m a Scientist!!” which is usually an insufficient description, so it’s often followed up with something like, “I’m a biomedical researcher”. Should that too be greeted by blank stares, I try, “I wear a white coat and play with sciencey things in a lab all day!”
2) what’s your topic at TEDxWellington?
I’m using my recent work on multiple sclerosis therapies to demonstrate how science can be exciting, accessible and engaging to people of all sorts. 
3) what do  wish someone had to,d you when you started out?
I don’t know. I feel like I was very fortunate to repeatedly get good advice – I just didn’t always listen. 
4) visitors are coming to town, what’s your itinerary for the day?
Most of our friends are keen on pedalling so we would definitely take the bikes for a spin around one of the world’s most beautiful coastal cycle routes around the bays. Then, Brunch at Vista on Oriental Pde. Walk the Southern Walkway, check out the views from the top of Mt Vic and beyond. Milo milk shakes at Floyd’s in Island Bay or coffee at Lyall Bay beach (depending on which way the wind is blowing). A cruise through Te Papa and a stroll up Cuba St. Fish n chips on the beach at sunset and a glass of wine (or two) in town to see out the night.
5) what do you think of when you think of Wellington?
Home. Wow. Awesome. Lucky.
6) who’s someone you admire and why?
My grandfather. He was a giant by nature with an equally giant heart. Even at death’s door, his first concern was for the welfare of his beautiful wife.  He will forever be my model of how to care for the people around me and in my community. 
7) sum up your life in a song lyric
“I don’t want to grow up” – The Descendents