When: TODAY! 26th May 2018

Where: Musical Theater Basel


Doors open for registrations from 10:30am and the Pop-up Talks begin at 11:00am. The official conference kicks off at 13:00 as per the schedule below.

10:30 Registration begins
11:00 Pop-up Talks
13:00 Session I
15:30 Session II

What to bring

If you want to retrieve your conference ticket for entry, you’ll need to bring photo ID.

Optional other things to bring could include a notepad and pen to take notes if you wish and bottled water (there will be no plastic bottled water provided at the event and our glassware is not allowed in the theater).  

Better late than never

Know someone who wants to attend TEDxBasel 2018 but hasn’t gotten around to getting a ticket yet? We say the more the merrier, so please invite them along! Last minute attendees can get a ticket at the door for 70CHF (cash only). For those of you 26 and under, you can get a ticket at the door for 40CHF.

Rules on screen usage at TEDxBasel

There are and we ask that you respectfully refrain from using anything with a screen during the two official sessions. *Gasp!* This will be tough for some of you, we know, but is standard practice at many TEDx events to respect the speakers, appreciate the talks and properly immerse yourself in the event.

Please also note there is no wifi available at TEDxBasel. *Double gasp!*

Feeling peckish?

Your ticket registration includes free coffee, drinks, light refreshments and apéro. Hooray!

More substantial lunch options and other snacks will be available for purchase via various food trucks that will be outside during registration, lunch and the breaks. There are currently a range of delicious choices and cuisines available from the food trucks including some options for our vegetarian and vegan friends.

The TEDxBasel book

Why yes, you’re in luck! We will have a number of books on sale at the conference as each of our awesome speakers have nominated a number of their recommended titles and this year’s official TEDxBasel book will also be available for purchase in limited quantities. All books will be curated and sales managed on our behalf by a respected local bookseller. Both cash and credit cards will be accepted.

Social media handles and hashtags

We will be actively sharing on social media and encourage you to be too! (Just not during the official sessions of course!). Join us on FacebookTwitter or connect with us using #TEDxBasel2018 or #TEDxBaselBook.

Check out some of the latest tweets below...

Phew! That’s a lot to digest but before we sign off, to get the most out of TEDxBasel, we’d like you come to the event with an open mind and a willingness to strike up a conversation. Perhaps you can even watch one of the many previous TEDxBasel talks to get a feel for what to expect. In any case, we’ll be getting ready and we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

For all other FAQs, check them out here.

2018 Speakers

Spend a day hearing about technology that pushes the frontiers of medicine; life stories of crossing multiple physical and cultural borders; enjoy engaging entertainers and be part of a multinational, multicultural audience.

We’re excited to now reveal that four of the diverse speakers joining this year’s TEDxBasel lineup include:

Morten Bech

Morten Bech joined the BIS in 2011. Previously, he worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Danish central bank. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Morten has written about different issues relating to monetary policy implementation, money markets, network topology of financial markets, large-value payment systems and systemic risk.

Favourite TED talk: The Money Tree - Paul Cushman

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Alisa Blokhina Alvares

Alisa is a multilingual translator and conference interpreter, and runs her own translation business, Eloquent Words, LLC. She is also a professional musician. Alisa was born in St. Petersburg, Russia but grew up in New York. She has spent the last 15 years living and working in Brazil, Spain, and Switzerland with her husband. Although unsure about where life will take her next, she is certain that wherever she goes, she will bring with her a part of each of the many cultures she has had the privilege of experiencing.

“Music expresses feeling and thought, without language. It was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words.” – R. Ingersoll (1891)

Favorite TED talk: Your brain on improv - Charles Limb


Liam Cox

Liam was born and bred in Berwick-upon-Tweed, a town which has changed hands 13 times between England and Scotland. He is a Physical Education and Sports Science teacher and has lived and worked in the UK, USA, Kenya and Switzerland. A former rugby player, he has now taken to running marathons. He is passionate about holistic education and loves the poetry of Robert Burns.

“The best laid schemes o’ mice an men gang aft agly.” - Robert Burns, interpreted by Mike Tyson as “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

Favourite Ted talk: How to sound smart in your TED talks - Will Stephen


Gabriela Friel

Eleven year old Gabriela has lived in California, South Carolina and now, Basel. She enjoys school and says her favorite subject is Art. Outside school, she likes drawing, sewing, basketball and, her most recent discovery, unicycling.

She has been riding the unicycle for over a year.

Favorite TED talk: This is what happens when you reply to spam emails - James Veitch


Prisca Liberali

Prisca is a scientist and group leader at the FMI in Basel. She is Italian, but born in Brussels where she spent most of her childhood. Prisca got her Masters degree in chemistry in Rome and then moved to biological studies during her PhD in Italy and postdoc at the UZH and ETH in Zurich. Currently, she is an assistant professor at the University of Basel. Her laboratory at the FMI studies the self-organisation properties of cellular systems using in-vitro stem cell models named organoids.  

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers” - Voltaire

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” - Aristotle

Favourite TED talk: The power of vulnerability - Brené Brown


Raphael Gielgen

Raphael is a trendscout and researcher at Vitra in Basel. Architecture, technology, and social change applied to working environments are his passions.  

Raphael´s work informs Vitra´s approach to improving the quality of offices and public spaces through the power of design. His home, an environmental friendly farm close to Regensburg in Bavaria, is Raphael´s place for inspiration.

“In keeping up with the digital times, the industry has failed to realise that the more connected we are virtually, the more we crave real human connection” - Jen Murphy


Suzanne Lucas

Suzanne spent 10 years in corporate human resources where she hired, fired, managed the numbers and double checked with the lawyers. Today, she's a writer and speaker who focuses on explaining the world of work and helping people have better careers, whether it's through a better CV or managing a relationship with co-workers. You can find her writings all over the internet including Inc. Magazine, CBS News, the New York Times, and at her blog, EvilHRLady.org. Suzanne Lives in Bottmingen with her husband and children. Even though she's been in Switzerland for 9 years, she still isn't sure she's doing her recycling correctly.

“Mediocrity will never do. You are capable of something better.” - Gordon B. Hinckley

Favourite TED talk: Do schools kill creativity? - Ken Robinson


Jürgen Künkel

Jürgen is founder and director of Vantage Global Event Production GmbH, an innovative event production agency which supports blue chip clients with events across the world. He has worked for over 20 years in the live communication industry wearing many different hats such as stage designer, lighting designer, creative and technical director, show caller, and producer.

Outside of work, he is passionate about kitesurfing, music, philosophy, nutrition, and kitesurfing again.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

Favourite TED talk: How do we heal medicine - Atual Gawande



Noisy Pots:
Michal Šupák: kb, synths, voc
Jakub Tengler: buckets drumset, pots

Based in Prague, Noisy Pots came up to the music scene in 2014 with their creative style. Acoustic sound of pots, buckets, cans and other stuff from the kitchen and garage combined with live synths, samples and vocals delivers a unique and unusual sonic timbre. Their live performances are full of spontaneous energy and catchy grooves.

Favourite quote: Translated from Czech, “Everything in moderation”


Tom Lyons

Tom was born in New York but has made his home in Zurich since 1994. A thought leadership and communications expert with more than 20 years of experience, first in the banking industry and later as the owner of his own communications agency, Tom has planned and executed sophisticated thought leadership and content marketing campaigns for blue chips and startups, mainly in financial services, Fintech, and emerging technologies.

“Bitcoin: Everything you don’t understand about money, combined with everything you don’t understand about computers.” - John Oliver.

Favourite TED talk: The first 20 hours: how to learn anything - Josh Kaufman


Do you love music? Technology? Innovation? Creativity? Conversations? 

Every year TEDxBasel draws an array of speakers and performers, each offering an Idea Worth Spreading.  We believe in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. 

Some of the topics covered in previous years include What is Art?, Local Currency, Swarm Energy, Lasting Beauty vs. Fast Money, Overcoming Terrorism by Saving our Cultural Heritages, Big Data and Hospitals, Unconditional Basic Income, Unconscious Bias and much more.

All talks can be viewed here.