[re]* is a prefix, a word-forming element, meaning “again, undoing, backwards, anew, once more”. It makes you question; shift perspectives; think outside the box; seek change.

TEDxAarhus invites you to [re]think your perspective, [re]ignite your curiosity and [re]imagine your ideas as with talks, performances and interactive experiences that will each challenge, entertain and inspire you around the theme: [re]*.

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.

Access Emma’s speaker profile and watch her talk, titled “Shakespeare and Slam Poetry – the power of recreatinghere.

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.

Access Andreas’ speaker profile and watch his talk, titled “Saving lives and limbs with better antivenoms” here.

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.”

Access Vana’s speaker profile and watch her talk, titled “3 lies and 1 truth about the past” here.

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.

Access Casper’s speaker profile and watch his talk, titled “Why it’s important to recognise compulsive sexual behavior disorder” here.

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.”

Access Cecilie’s speaker profile and watch her talk, titled “How our prejudices can hold us back” here.

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.”

Access Brice’s speaker profile and watch his talk, titled “We dance how we live” here.

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.

Access Signe’s speaker profile and watch her talk, titled “Psychological abuse – caught in harmful relationships” here.

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.”

Access Ludvig’s speaker profile and watch his talk, titled “How physics is important in treating cancer” here.

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.

Access Maria’s speaker profile and watch her talk, titled “Can empathy in virtual reality change consumer habits?” here.

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.

Access Sara’s speaker profile and watch her talk, titled “Redesigning design – towards a future that works for all” here.

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.”

Watch Steffen’s talk, titled “Solving social benefits” here.

2019 Performers



Forward-thinking Danish electro-soul-R&B artist Fjer will be showcasing her talent on the TEDxAarhus stage. Fjer is the moniker of Maja Barløse. As a rare triple-threat singer/songwriter/producer, she wields a command of high-caliber songwriting and has a distinctive voice that is both airy and soulful. Get a taste of her style here.

Liza & Dima


Elizabett (Liza) and Dimitar (Dima) both took up ballroom dancing at age of six, and have achieved many outstanding results since then. Elizabett has been Estonian champion two times and Dimitar is 3 times Bulgarian Champion. As a team they have become aware of how people can work effectively together towards a common goal.

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.


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TED Live screening

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TEDxAarhus brought TED2019: Bigger Than Us to The Merchant Room in an exclusive screening of a collection of the best talks from TED’s major annual conference in Vancouver. Our TED Live event was held during TED2019 – so our audience members became some of the first in the world to see the newest TED Talks. As always, the screening was accompanied by plenty of discussions, games and our very own TEDxAarhus cocktails. 

Pop-up Events

TEDxAarhus Walks

For the first event of it’s kind, TEDxAarhus jumped off the stage and into the streets of Aarhus for a series of mini live TEDx talks which popped up in unusual spaces and much-loved places across the city. 13 speakers and over 100 people joined us as we walked across the city to hear local ideas presented from museums, marketplaces, hidden galleries, bicycle racks, street art parks and more!

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