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October 25, 2012
12:00am - 12:00am CEST
(UTC +2hrs)

The third edition of TEDxZurich again took place in a studio at Swiss National TV (SRF) on October 25, 2012. 450 participants attended that «intellectual vacation day», as it has been called by one of the hosts.

TEDx Zurich 2012
Fernsehstrasse 1-4
Zurich, 8052
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Stelian Coros

A postdoctoral researcher at Disney Research, Zurich, Stelian Coros' talk provided an overview of his research into locomotion.

James B. Glattfelder

The co-head of quantitative research at Olsen Ltd in Zurich is thinking about who controls the world.

Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden

The director of Catalyst Europe reflects on the dramatic gender gap in leadership and about how stereotypes (still) work.

Mikael Colville-Andersen

Michael Colville-Andersen, urban mobility expert, talks about bicycle culture by design.

Jorge Viñuales

The director of the Programme on Environmental Governance at the Centre for International Environmental Studies (CIES) thinks about a tobin tax on water transactions.

Charles Eugster

The former dentist and rowing gold medal winner at the age of 90 wants to change the world and keep it active and moving

Ellen ‘t Hoen

Ellen 't Hoen, independent medicines law and policy consultant, talks about an initiative that aims to increase access to new, affordable HIV treatment in developing countries.

Bradley Nelson

The Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at ETH Zürich talks about his work on bacteria-sized medical robots.

Christoph von Toggenburg

Christoph von Toggenburg has been using his passion for sports, communication and the use of technology to give people a voice.

István Görgényi

Olympic silver medallist and experienced coach István Görgényi talks about how hunting territory made an oil rig sink.

Enrique Steiger

How plastic-, reconstructive- and trauma surgeon Enrique Steiger is trying to protect medical care in danger.

José del R. Millán

The Defitech Professor at the EPFL shows how mind-controlled machines work.

Jan Henrik Hansen

Architect Jan Henrik Hansen talks about a journey into musical space that started 13 years ago and is far from being over.

Christian Maurer & Thomas Theurillat

The two friends talk about their challenge of running and flying across the alps – and about what it takes to achieve it.

Jacques Neirynck

The former Swiss National Councilor says we should stop asking what Europe can do for Switzerland, and instead we should consider what Switzerland can do to help the construction of the EU.

Stephen Malinowski

Supported by Etienne Abelin and Dorothy Yeung, composer and animator Stephen Malinowski lets us dive into the DNA of western classical music.

Davide Scaramuzza

The Professor of Robotics talks about autonomous, vision-controlled micro flying robots and shows one of them in action.

Organizing team


Zurich, Switzerland


Zurich, Switzerland
  • Dania Gerhardt
  • Thierry Blancpain
  • Urs Bucher
  • Christine Corbett
  • Ioana Dabacan
  • Carola Ettenreich
    Hospitality & Speakers
  • Brigitte Federi
  • Lea Montini
  • Markus Popp
  • Hugo Schotman
  • Guy Spier
  • Martin Steiger
    Legal & Finance
  • Oliver Süess
  • Michael Walther
    Media Relations