2019 Event2019-09-19T21:49:12+02:00

  • TEDxAarhus 2019 will take place on Saturday, October 5 at Centralværketsted (Aarhus Central Workshops), Værkmestergade 9, 8000 Aarhus C
  • Doors open at 10:00 and will close at 10:50. The first session begins at 11:00 and the last session ends at 18:00. Please be sure to arrive on time so that you don’t miss a minute of the excitement!
  • Following the first session, lunch will be served and it will be followed by afternoon tea in our second break. After the final session, we invite you to join us for [Re]velry – a sundowner drink and mingle as our [re]sident DJ spins some tunes!
  • The event will conclude at 19:30.

This is the hottest ticket in town! You will enjoy:

  • Exclusive access to this world-class event, full of inspirational speakers, entrepreneurial individuals, fabulous activities and amazing entertainment.
  • The chance to network with members of Aarhus’ community including designers, educators, business people, entrepreneurs, creatives, students, medicos, researchers and tech wizards.
  • A full programme of fantastic break activities – alongside our talks, you will have the chance to c[re]ate, [re]invent and experience something new throughout the day.
  • Great food and refreshments! Lunch, cake, coffee, tea and water will be served throughout the day, followed by a complimentary glass of wine to kick-off our [Re]velry session. The bar will be open throughout the event for the purchase of beer and soda.
  • Access to [Re]velry, our sundowner drinks, where you can continue to celebrate and mingle with the inspiring people you have met during the day.
  • Our new digital GoodiePack! As we take steps to become a more sustainable event, we have swapped flyers for digital goodies. We have gathered special deals from some of the city’s coolest and most sustainably-minded venues, organisations and eateries – so you can [re]discover your city on us!
  • Swing by The Merchant Room after the event for a 10% discount off beers and cocktails all night on October 5 – just show your TEDxAarhus lanyard at the bar.

No tickets will be refunded when the purchase is finalized.

TEDxAarhus reserves the right to add, withdraw, reschedule or substitute artists and/or vary the advertised program.

Audio and video recorders are not permitted.

This year we will NOT have allocated numbered seating – meaning you will be free to switch seats between sessions. Lucky for you, every seat is the best seat in the house.

By purchasing a ticket, you agree that you may appear in photographs and videos taken at the event by our official TEDxAarhus photographers and film crew. These images may be used for promotional purposes for TEDxAarhus and TED.

You will receive your GoodiePack digital goodie bag via text message on the morning of the event. This service requires us to provide your nominated phone number to a third-party provider (GoodiePack) who will send you this one-off text. We guarantee your phone number will not be used for any other purposes outside this one-off text message. Please bring your phone with you to the event as there will be goodies to claim on the day!

Once you have purchased your ticket, if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please make us aware of them by emailing info@tedxaarhus.com.

Centralværketsted is centrally located between Bruun’s Galleri, Comwell and DGI Huset. As we take steps towards becoming a more sustainable event, we encourage you to take public transport, cycle or walk to TEDxAarhus.

All public transport links (Letbanen, train and bus) can be taken to the nearby Aarhus Hovedbanegård (Aarhus H) train station (access the venue via Bruun’s Galleri). Aarhus Rutebilstation is also within short walking distance (access the venue via Spanien).

Bicycle racks are available at the train and bus stations. Paid car parking is available at Bruun’s Galleri and Kalkværksvej Parkeringsplads. Note: there is no parking available at the venue.

Throughout the day, don’t forget to share your pictures with us using the official hashtag #tedxaarhus2019 and tagging us @tedxaarhus

2019 Speakers

Emma Elisabeth Holtet: [Re]invent


Slam Poetry is a brilliant performance format for a restless individual – within each short performance, you can be whoever you want to be. Emma Elisabeth Holtet is reigning “Aarhus Poetry Slam Champion” and winner of this year’s “English Poetry Slam Copenhagen Cup”. Furthermore she is a trained performer from The London School of Dramatic Arts, and Bachelor of Arts from Copenhagen University.


Andreas Hougaard Laustsen: [Re]imagine


An award winning engineer and researcher, Andreas Hougaard Laustsen has developed human antibodies against toxins from venomous snakes by using modern biotechnological methods. This technology could potentially help save 5 million people who are bitten by snakes every year. It’s the first antibodies against toxins from the black mamba.


Vana Orfanou: [Re]connect


The value of history and archaeology is not just knowledge about the past through written and material tracks. It’s also a great source for empathy and understanding for other human beings. “The past is most useful to us today because it offers a great mental exercise of relating to people that are not our friends and family, of embracing cultural diversity through the only form of time-travel available to us today.”

Casper Schmidt: [Re]define


Based on his neuroscientific research, Casper Schmidt established early neurobiological markers of porn addiction – which in 2018 led to its inclusion in the World Health Organization’s list of diseases, opening new doors for treatment of this group of individuals. Casper finished his PhD in Clinical Neuroscience in the summer of 2019 and now works as an Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology at Aalborg University.

Cecilie Mai Sommer: [Re]consider


Cecilie suffers from OCD, anxiety and Borderline personality disorder, and has been seeing 12 different psychologists. Currently, she is on sick leave from her bachelor studies at Multiplatform Storytelling and Production. “I’ve been mentally ill for as long as I remember. One of the things I’ve learned along the way is that I can change people’s opinions by explaining and being open about my disorders.”

Brice Johnson: [Re]trace

Dance Coach

Brice Johnson, Co-founder and member of The Hood Lockers (dance crew based out of Philadelphia, PA), has been teaching and performing on stages, film, studios and television across the globe for 15 years.  “Through dance we can learn to overcome inner obstacles and limitations that hold us back. The tools used to develop and be expressive and confident in dance can be used in our everyday lives.”


Signe M. Hegestand: [Re]late


Signe M. Hegestand is an authorized Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Mindfulness Instructor. In her work, she has been focusing on psychologically abusive relations for the last 5 years, because – as she says: “psychological violence is overlooked, destructive and destroying”. In the autumn she will be publishing a book about moving on after a psychologically violent relationship.


Ludvig Muren: [Re]search

Medical Physicist

Ludvig Muren is Professor at the Dept. of Medical Physics and the Danish Center for Particle Therapy, Aarhus University/Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark. “As a physicist working on a very hard problem, how to cure patients from cancer, I want to share my fascination of how understanding physics can be used in such a meaningful way as to treat cancer.”


Maria Herholdt Engermann: [Re]ality

VR Creator

Virtual reality (VR) can be so much more than just fun and entertainment. It can be a powerful tool to create empathy within people and explain complex situations like climate issues. Maria has a background within filmmaking and has been specializing in VR storytelling for the last 4 years. She is now the proud owner of her own VR company based in Aarhus.

Sara Andersson: [Re]design


Many products and services that we use in our everyday lives are conceived and designed under the rules of Human-Centered design. This approach to design puts the prospective users’ needs and wants front and center, in order to conceive relevant, convenient and comfortable solutions. But today, design can and needs to do more.

Steffen Rasmussen: [Re]shape

Social Entrepreneur

In 2018 Steffen started Centre for Social Rethinking to do research on why our current efforts to help marginalised people don’t seem to resolve the issues these people face.“I have seen hundreds of people gain more issues and problems from the system we have built to help them. I have seen employees become sick from stress. I have seen Denmark build the most expensive employment system in the world, without equivalent results.”


2019 Host

Barbara Balfour

TV host, producer, public speaker, and journalist

Barbara’s work has taken her to more than 40 countries and provided opportunities such as interpreting for Mikhail Gorbachev’s entourage, filming a documentary in Georgia, and interviewing Noam Chomsky. Among other things, she speaks fluent French and Russian, and is thrilled to host TEDxAarhus 2019 and guide you through the program on October 5.


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