july, 2017



Event Details

What is TED?

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to art to global issues. TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers to present their ideas and projects usually in the form of short, powerful talks. Afterwards those talks are made available for everyone on Youtube and TED.com. The aim of TED is to bring together people with all kinds of training and scientific, social, political background and provide a platform for ideas and their exchange. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. It allows the organisation of local, independent events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience, just like our event TEDxUniHeidelberg.

What is the aim of TEDxUniHeidelberg?

We have planned a day full of sharing ideas and discussions with leading experts and thinkers. We want to build an interdisciplinary community composed of students, professors and researchers independent of their positions, generation or background. For us, TED talks are not about the detailed explanation of a topic but about triggering critical questions and discussions that matter. Hence, the conference is shaped by the participants and their willingness to engage.  We are inviting everyone who shares our fascination for the TED concept to join our event.

What is our theme?

The topic of TEDxUniHeidelberg is “Illuminating Absurdity”. The world is neither good nor bad and it cannot be saved by just one project or idea. Maybe our world is absurd – what consequences does that have? This event provides stories leading to the shedding of easy solutions and comforting illusions and eventually initiate a new thought process. Invited speakers are Christoph Bangert, a war photographer, Rebekka Reinhard, a philosopher, Aeham Achmad, the Pianist from Yarmouk and many more, who will provide different aspects of absurdity in politics, science and everyday life.

We are looking forward to your participation! More information and tickets: www.tedxunihd.de


(Saturday) 13:00 - 22:00


Marsilius Kolleg

Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.1, 69120 Heidelberg