Attend TEDxTUM 2018

We can't wait to welcome you at our main event. We have been preparing for this one since the beginning of the year and are going all in regarding speakers, performances, experience around the sessions, goodies and everything else. Our goal is for you to have a day during which you get into contact with ideas from many different fields, meet interesting people, get inspired and make surprising new connections in your mind. Find out all about the theme, program, tickets and all you need to know below.

About the theme: Conscious Reflection

Nowadays it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the pace of change and the amount of information surrounding us. The increased complexity of our lives leaves us in a state where conscious reflection has become rare, but vital. The challenges we face today require fruitful, holistic cooperation -- by embracing our diversity, we as communities can collectively tackle challenges that may remain too elusive and ominous to the individual person.

This diversity is both a great challenge and a great chance for synergy. Although it’s easy to only see our differences, let’s remember that underneath there are similar, profoundly human desires: to be heard, to be respected, to be needed, to belong. If we recognize that we as individuals influence our community and that everyone contributes in their own way, how much better could our collaboration become? Could we inflict positive change through our mindsets and actions and find our place in the bigger picture?

At TEDxTUM 2018 we invite you to take that much needed time to stop and reflect, deliberately and consciously, on ideas from a variety of fields and disciplines.

Overview and FAQ

Date & Time Saturday 1 December 2018, approx. 9am - 7:30pm
Location Audimax at TUM, Arcisstr. 21, 80333 Munich
Speakers 12+ Speakers & Performances (see below for more information)
Program 3 sessions of approx. 2h with exciting activities in-between
Language The official event language is English. There will be one German talk, but translation will be provided.
Food & Drinks We have you covered! There will be a lunch break and a shorter coffee break in which we will have food, snacks and drinks waiting for you.
Refunds Tickets to TEDxTUM are non-refundable, but you can change the name up to 72 hours before the event via email to - see below the ticket form for more information!

TEDxTUM strives to be inclusive to the largest number of contributors, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. By attending the conference, you agree to abide by the Berlin Code of Conduct.


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Terms and Conditions

Tickets to TEDxTUM are non-refundable. If you find that you cannot attend the event, you can transfer your ticket to another name up to 72 hours before the event by sending an email to with your ticket number and the name to transfer the ticket to. For student tickets, we also need valid proof of matriculation. No transfers are possible after this time, and we cannot change any names at registration.

Please be aware that we are not selling tickets on the event day. If you want to attend TEDxTUM 2018, please purchase a ticket beforehand.

Through the purchase of a ticket, you consent to appear in photos and/or video material recorded at the venue during the event's duration. These photos and/or videos will then be shared on various on- and offline channels. If you have inquiries as to how this material will be used, please contact us.

By filling out a ticket order, you provide us with data which we will treat confidentially at any given time and not pass on to third parties outside of TED and TEDxTUM. However, we reserve the right to publish statistical breakdowns of our audience characteristics in a form which is not traceable to concrete persons. Moreover, with your purchase, you agree to be added to the TEDxTUM mailing list to send you important information about the event. We will also send you information regarding next events or general information about TEDxTUM afterwards. If you don’t want to get this information, you can always unsubscribe from the newsletter or let us know in advance by sending an email to

With buying a ticket for TEDxTUM and attending the event, you also agree that we can pass on your email address to TED. TED will only use your address to send you one email to get your feedback about our event. For us, it is important for our next licence that TED gets this feedback, but even more, this feedback is important for us to be able to improve our event in the next year. So, we hope you will participate in this survey and help us to keep improving TEDxTUM.. However, if you don’t want your email address passed on to TED, you can decline this by sending an email to

Speakers & Performances

We will constantly reveal our lineup. Like us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to never miss an update.

As a member of the Austrian mountain rescue team, Daniel Kühbacher loves the voluntary work he does. He thinks the biggest reward is the gratitude of patients when they’re taken down the mountain or to the hospital safely. He tries to help others in any situation, whether it’s a mountain emergency, a car accident, or someone in a wheelchair who just needs assistance at the train station. Since life is short, he tries to enjoy every day, and even if something unexpected happens, he remembers an important thing he’s learned from his friend Steffen: you can manage everything with a positive attitude!

Since he was little, Steffen Linssen has been fascinated by creating his own solutions to problems. Whether it was through Legos, electronics, or coding, his love of experimenting with new things started early. One of his goals is to create an accessible world that enables him and other people with disabilities to manage daily life without additional problems. His own disability taught him to have a positive outlook on life and encounter problems with humour and an open mind.

Together, they will remind us how important choosing the right perspective is when interacting with people around us, regardless of (dis)ability.

Growing up in a small town in northern Wisconsin, Maria Spletter’s backyard was the woods, lakes, swamps and rivers of the Nicolet-Chequamegon National Forest, where she learned to love observing nature at an early age. This fueled her scientific career, leading her to obtain a PhD in Biology from Stanford University and establish her own research group at the LMU in Munich, where she identifies which genes make muscles unique to understand causes of human muscle diseases. Wondering how she does that by studying flies, and what that could mean for the future? She will explain all of that in her talk!

Ralph Ammer loves to draw, investigate drawing as an instrument for thinking, and to wonder how drawings can come alive on computers. As professor at the Munich University of Applied Sciences, he explores the interaction of biological and digital systems. His aim is to create life-friendly objects, images, and services based on our love for nature. Ralph also studies philosophy together with his father at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. In his talk, he will take us on a journey about art, drawing, perception, and visual thinking.

Christoph Lüthi gets his drive from tackling truly global urban challenges! Heading the Department of Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development (Sandec) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag), he is a part of one of the world’s leading water research centres. Sources of his inspiration are field work and visits to the slums of Africa and Asia. He also practices what he preaches: Christoph supplements his urban garden in Zurich with the Eawag-produced urine fertiliser, a fertiliser obtained from what would otherwise be flushed down the toilet. Find out more about his awesome ideas during his talk!

Get involved

You not only want to be an attendee, but take a look behind the scenes and help make TEDxTUM 2018 a special day for everyone? Then you are exactly the person we are looking for. Apply as an event-day volunteer or photographer to have a very special TEDxTUM experience as part of a great team that makes the magic happen. For anyone who applies until Friday, 12.10.2018 at 18:00, we will give you feedback on your application prior to the start of ticket sales. Applications are still welcome after this date until Friday, October 19th at 23:59.

Apply as a volunteer

Inspiration from past events

Curious to see what the event will look like? Check our past events, complete with pictures and videos! This format is most similar to our 2017 event, Re-Formations of Tomorrow, our 2016 event, ENTELECHY, and our 2015 event, FACETS.

Our Partners

Thanks to our generous partners, we can provide a high-quality event. If you'd like to get involved, please contact us.

Platinum Partner 2018


Gold Partners 2018


Silver and in-kind partners 2018