The storytelling of science is incredibly important. Catch one of Amanda's talks about how we can help the world better appreciate the stories, people and ideas behind the important but often inaccessible institution that is Science. Watch her TED Residency talk and mainstage TED Talk.


Narrative Design Conference
Boston, Massachusetts
April 4, 2019

Amanda spoke about design as a tool that can be used to bring more play and belonging into our world. Through her work, she encouraged attendees to foster safety, lean into uncertainty, and spark connection. Concluding with a social experiment based on a psychological study, she surprised attendees with how quickly they could feel close to one another by asking each other a series of questions designed to spark connection.

Johns Hopkins 

Diversity and Inclusion Lecture Series
Baltimore, Maryland
March 5, 2019

For Women’s History Month, Amanda will share her work at the intersection of science, design and feminism. By highlighting the women and ideas behind her projects, Beyond Curie and In the Company of Great Scientists, she will provide practical ideas to help everyone tap into more creativity and play.


Harvard X Design Conference
Harvard Business School
Boston, Massachusetts
February 10, 2019

Amanda will speak about how to encourage play and foster inclusion through design. She offers three concrete ways that she’s found to bring more play and belonging into our world through the things we create.


New York, New York
November 26, 2018

In 2017 Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya launched Beyond Curie, a portrait series highlighting pioneering women in STEM - like Barbara McClintock, Maryam Mirzakhani and Carol Greider. What began as a celebration of female researchers and technologists became an international campaign to empower current and future generations of women in science and technology.

Amanda will go beyond the Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals and share three lessons on how these women were able to make such monumental discoveries. Drawing upon personal stories and contemporary examples, she will provide practical ideas to help everyone tap into their inner genius.

University of Oregon 

HOPES[24] Design Conference
Eugene, Oregon
April 12, 2018

Amanda will speak about where design is going—where connections are yet to be made and how there will be new roles for designers to play—by drawing on her work with The Leading Strand, Beyond Curie and ATOMIC by Design. Design can stretch in collaboration with fields like science by creating engaging and relatable experiences for people to play in. The power of design to change behaviors and inspire action truly shines when science and society collide. 

Museum of Natural Sciences 

Beyond Curie exhibit opening
Raleigh, NC
March 24, 2018

Amanda will speak about the importance of creating tangible and immersive experiences that allow audiences to touch, feel and interact with science. She'll the discuss how representation and heroes are crucial to help young women find and harness their power in STEM and how design can lead the way.

Silicon Harlem 

NYC Arts in Education
New York, NY
February 7, 2018

Amanda joins a panel to discuss her work that bridges STEM and society. She'll share learnings from her award-winning initiatives, ATOMIC by Design and Beyond Curie, designed to inspire the next generation of young women to explore the STEM fields. 


TEDWomen Conference
New Orleans, Louisiana
November 1-3, 2017

Amanda gave her first mainstage TED Talk at TEDWomen last year. She spoke about the themes that have emerged from her work at the intersection of science and design: play. heroes and community. By putting a core aspect of the human experience into each of her projects, she is helping the world appreciate science through engaging and relatable experiences. Her talk comes out in April.


Productized Conference
Lisbon, Portugal
October 25, 2017

Amanda will co-lead a Ship Your Side Project workshop that uncovers key principles to successfully shipping. The workshop will condense a six-week bootcamp of tried and true curriculum into an interactive and engaging session.


Arts + Sciences Lecture Series
Raleigh, North Carolina
October 11, 2017

Amanda spoke about the coming together of science and design in her keynote and encourage students and faculty that there is always an opportunity to break new ground. She will serve as a jointly appointed professor in the College of Design and College of Science this coming semester as she brings The Leading Strand to NCSU.


Better World by Design Conference
Providence, Rhode Island
September 23, 2017

Amanda spoke about how design can shine a light on breakthroughs happening in science, giving an in-depth look at the collaborations that bore fruit in the first cohort of The Leading Strand, sharing challenges and triumphs of the initiative.


Beyond Curie Exhibit
Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art
April 27, 2017

At the opening reception for the first public exhibit of the Beyond Curie, Amanda spoke about her career pivots and her work bridging the worlds of science and design. She spoke about the inspiration behind Beyond Curie and how great design should be measured by impact. 


Outside In Series
Redmond, Washington
March 30, 2017

In this talk, Amanda will give a behind the scenes look at how The Leading Strand came together, both the highlights and challenges, and share ideas and insights into how we can bring designers, the media, and other collaborators together to further the appreciation and understanding of science.


CPH:DOX Conference
Copenhagen, Denmark
March 21, 2017

Amanda will lead an hour-long interactive workshop on the Science of Storytelling delving into how filmmakers, designers and creatives can leverage the combination of storytelling and aesthetics to move audiences and make ideas stickier.

The New School

The Ligo Project/Space in Between
New York, NY
March 5, 2017

This talk focused on how the science and design communities might come together to promote innovation and change minds. She used her experience with The Leading Strand to engage in an interactive session with the audience.

Mount Sinai

SciViz Conference
New York, NY
November 18, 2016

With respect to Bruce Tuckers Theory of Group Dynamics, Amanda presented how her team of 5 neuroscientists and 5 designers formed, stormed, normed and performed in 14 short weeks, culminating in an immersive exhibit that brought science to the community.


Unilever Macro Space 4D Life
New York, NY
August 31, 2016

After decades of unfulfilled promise, technologies like augmented reality, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence are bearing real fruit. From the unprecedented popularity of Pokemon Go to voice assistants like Siri and Alexa, to Facebook’s multi-billion dollar acquisition of Occulus Rift, these technologies are reaching mainstream consumers. Even as we expand the palette of user experience brushes, it's critical to examine the canvas: the human brain. Amanda presented the latest research on how technologies like AR, VR, and AI Impact neural systems and offer themes, ideas, and opportunities for Unilever to design unique user experiences and craft compelling human-machine interfaces that will transform how consumers engage with brands.

There’s amazing scientific research being done these days—but chances are, you don’t know about it. It’s hard to talk about complex science, and even when images work better than words, many labs lack design skills. While studying neuroscience at Columbia, Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya decided to do something about that. She became a creative director herself and has since worked to pair scientists with designers who can help them illuminate their work. Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya founded The Leading Strand, an organization that sets up collaborations between researchers and designers. Together, they produce visual media that reveal the exciting possibilities within previously inaccessible academic science.


TED Residency Talks
New York, NY
July 12, 2016

One of the many great things about Pratt is Free School, a full day of art and design classes taught by Pratt alumni that’s open to the public. Every April, 200+ students and members of the design community enjoy its free programming. Amanda taught a class called Design Unafraid, an interactive workshop on design, growth and throwing out the rules in favor of innovation. Read what we covered here.


Pratt Free School
Brooklyn, NY
April 2016