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Theme: Ideas 4.0

October 26, 2018
12:30am - 9:00pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Esch sur Alzette, Luxembourg (fr), Luxemburg (de)
This event is open to the public.
Tickets are available.

The theme of our event, Ideas 4.0, is a tribute to the core component of TED and TEDx events, and at the same time a playful pendant to today’s buzzword Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution. The latter should not be understood as a sign of our event being an industry event, but rather that we are interested in the many revolutionary developments taking place today, some enabling and with great future potential, some disturbing, posing a clear danger. Our speakers will get the audience thinking about the full spectrum of on-going revolutions, opening up to exciting future opportunities, but also identifying potential pitfalls of the rapid development the world is experiencing. Ideas can be totally new ways of thinking, breaking new ground, but they can also be cautionary observations, identifying at an early stage risky future scenarios towards which we may be running without realizing.

University of Luxembourg
2 avenue de l'université
Esch sur Alzette, Luxembourg (fr), Luxemburg (de), 4365
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Chris Woolston

Freelance science writer and defender of young scientists' working conditions
From galaxies to genes, we live in an age of discovery. But the people behind the breakthroughs are struggling. As a freelance science writer and a reporter for Nature, I’ve heard stories of overwhelming pressure, stress, and despair—the hallmarks of a broken system in need of repair. The future depends on science, but first we have to save the scientists.

Emilie Allaert

Finance futurist
Emilie is Head of Operations and Projects at The LHoFT Foundation (Luxembourg House of Financial Technology), a public/private sector initiative that drives innovation in Fintech (Financial Technology) in Luxembourg. Following a career in the financial industry as a consultant in regulatory and IT projects, she wanted to help find innovative solutions that deliver efficiency to the financial industry. Her talk has the title „Fintech: paving the way to a new era”.

Helmut Wiland

Computer scientist and challenger of project management paradigms
Computer scientist, experience in research & software development over 25 years. Software architect at SUBITO AG, a German software company.

Johannes Heuschkel

Fearless psychology student conducting experiments on himself
2015: Live performances at „Composer Slam“ at the Heidelberger Frühling 2015-2016: Beatbox workshops (Teaching young adults how to beatbox) 2018: Co-founding the startup „Silver Valley“ to tackle loneliness in older people

Leonello Tarabella

Computer scientist and musician pioneering the intersection of the fields
Leonello Tarabella, originally a sax player, began working on his gesture recognition technology for computer music in 1995 through his activity as a researcher for the National Council of Research in Italy. During the years he developed two interactive systems to perform electronic music in a new and unconventional way with bare hands.

Li Bennich-Björkman

Professor, public communicator, defender of academic freedom
In 2007, Li Bennich Björkman became the first woman professor at the Department of Government at Uppsala University. The following year, she was the first woman appointed Skyttean Professor of Eloquence and Government, with an official residence in the 18th century building called Skytteanum. Ms Bennich Björkman is an untiring defender of academic freedom and long-term research projects.

Marion Grace Woolley

Education revolutionary
They say ‘life is short’, but it can feel extremely long if you’re stuck doing something you don’t enjoy. From my first career in sign language to building pianos in Rwanda, I’ve always been led by a little ‘click’ of fascination. We have never had greater access to life-evolving resources, yet our approach to education, and inspiration, remains stiflingly old-fashioned.

Paul Wilmes

Professor, promotor of the important roles of microbes
Paul Wilmes is Associate Professor of Systems Ecology at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg, where he is Deputy Head of the Systems Biomedicine Department and Head of the Eco-Systems Biology research group (Wilmes Lab). Paul’s main primary research focus is on using Systems Biology approaches to identify key functionalities of microbial communities including human associated microbiota. His group has pioneered appropriate methodologies for carrying out systematic molecular measurements of microbial consortia over space and time. This allows for example to define lifestyle strategies of distinct populations and link these to genetic and functional traits. The same approaches allow the study of microbiome-host molecular interactions.

Richard Roberts

Professor of Family Medicine, Family Doctor
Professor of Family Medicine and past Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, where he practiced for 32 years as a family doctor in Belleville. He is also the past president of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). A physician and a lawyer, his scholarship has focused on guidelines, evidence-based practice, patient safety and primary care redesign.

Sara Rigon

Family Doctor
A general practitioner / family doctor from Italy, registered to practice in Italy and New Zealand, working for MSF and a member of a European working group of primary care doctors who tackle health inequalities.

Silvia Vignolini

Physicist with a passion for the optics of Mother Nature
Silvia Vignolini works at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge. Silvia does research in Materials Science, Optics, Photonics and Bio-mimetics.

Susanne Sommer

Openminded software developer and project manager with a mathematics background
Mathematician, over 20 years experience in leading positions in software development, currently member of the Executive Board of the German software company SUBITO AG.

Tanja Gabriela Baudson

Psychology researcher with an interest in democracy
Since October 2016, Postdoctoral researcher (in the function of a visiting professor for Developmental Psychology), University of Luxembourg

Organizing team


Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Bruno Santos
  • Daniel Zuk
  • Gabriele Lenzini
  • Harris Lygidakis
  • Laura Bianchi
  • Raquel Gómez Bravo
  • Robert Reuter
  • Sachin Kumar Enganati
  • Sanja Jankovic