A stubbed toe, a paper cut, hitting your funny bone. Who hasn’t experienced these small pains before?  But what happens when our aches won’t disappear even though their source is long gone?  

Laura Bok, one of the original members of PainLab Munich, is fascinated by the human perception of pain. Most notably, she is on a mission to uncover the brain’s mechanisms surrounding the subjective nature of pain perception. 

Go on a journey and experience this TEDxTUM Adventure with us!

Discover your SENSE OF PAIN: What to expect

Pain is a useful sensation – if you touch the hot stove, you’d rather know that your skin is about to be burnt before it ends in a worse injury. But did you know that the amount of pain you feel can be different every day, and that it can be impacted by a wide variety of factors? 

With this TEDxTUM adventure, you will get the chance to learn more about pain and how we perceive it from Laura Bok, a pain researcher at TUM whose knowledge about pain is seemingly endless. Our team also has some exclusive live experiments prepared for us to experience together – don’t worry, it won’t hurt!

The “Discover Your Sense of Pain” adventure is planned to take place on 18 May 2021. The event will take place virtually.

At a glance

Date & Time

18 May 2021, 7pm – 9pm (approx.)


Virtual (details will be sent out to attendees via e-mail)


Learn more about (chronic) pain and pain perception from Laura Bok, who will also be available for an individual round of discussion and Q&A.
Also, a TEDxTUM gift box with material needed for the adventure will be sent directly to your doorstep.

Language The official event language is English.
Term and Conditions See our Terms & Conditions to learn about general rules and our cancellation policy
FAQ Any questions? Check our FAQ‘s or send us an email to tickets@tedxtum.com

Laura Bok

Nobody likes to feel pain – still, we all do. Most people don’t like to think or talk about it either – such an unpleasant topic at dinner parties. For Laura Bok, this is different. As a neuroscientist and pain researcher, her thoughts revolve around pain in the human brain – a lot.

As a member of PainLab Munich since the very beginning, Laura’s work centers around examining the spectrum of pain—and why we can perceive it so differently from one moment to the next. As a researcher, Laura’s goal is to make this sort of information accessible to thinkers at all levels—whether you’re well-versed in neurology or a scientific layman. Because what’s clear is this: we all feel pain, and we should all be able to understand it.

As Laura’s work continues, she carries out neuropsychological evaluations with patients at TUM’s Klinikum rechts an der Isar, and has recently completed her training as a behavioral therapist.


Tickets will go on sale on 2 May, 4pm. Purchasing a ticket for “Discover Your Sense of Pain” also includes a TEDxTUM gift box containing goodies, ingredients and instructions for a collaborative activity during the adventure.

To make sure that your gift box arrives before the event, please purchase your ticket until 12 May. You will of course also get a gift box if you purchase your ticket after this date and you can also still attend the event without a gift box. All essential information will also be sent out via e-mail.

Please be aware that we can only send gift boxes to addresses in Germany.

To ensure a small group size, we are only selling a limited amount of tickets. So, don’t wait too long to grab your ticket.

If you can’t attend the adventure yourself, you can transfer your ticket to someone else, but please keep in mind that we are sending out gift boxes as part of the adventure. We cannot ensure that shipping addresses for boxes can also be changed later since we will send out the boxes soon after ticket purchase. 

Please check our Terms & Conditions for more information.


We will hopefully offer this adventure again. Stay tuned!

We are also planning adventures with different topics and speakers. Check our adventure page to see what is already planned.