TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany


TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is a multi-year collaboration with touch points across the TED ecosystem. The partnership includes engagements at TED conferences, video content to amplify the organization's untapped ideas and features a TED-curated banner event with a diverse group of speakers from across our community. The event gathers leaders from science, technology, academia and society who have been at the forefront of breakthroughs and innovation.

Speakers 2018

Julian Burschka Julian Burschka
Julian Burschka - What your breath could reveal about your health
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Julian Burschka - What your breath could reveal about your health

There's no better way to stop a disease than to catch and treat it early, before symptoms occur.

Boris Hesser Boris Hesser
Boris Hesser - A grassroots healthcare revolution in Africa
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Boris Hesser - A grassroots healthcare revolution in Africa

Half the world’s population doesn’t have access to basic health care.

Vikas Jaitely Vikas Jaitely
Vikas Jaitely - How we can fight antibiotic-resistant superbugs with a new class of vaccines
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Vikas Jaitely - How we can fight antibiotic-resistant superbugs with a new class of vaccines

The alarming rise of "superbugs" could claim up to 10 million lives globally by 2050 due to their unique ability to resist antibiotics.

Sarah Klein Sarah Klein
Sarah Klein - The possibilities of human-centric lighting
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Sarah Klein - The possibilities of human-centric lighting

Lighting, which is often selected based on installation costs, can actually help us improve how we work, help with jetlag, and even improve our sleep.

Doreen Koenning Doreen Koenning
Doreen Koenning - Can sharks help us fight cancer?
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Doreen Koenning - Can sharks help us fight cancer?

Medicine made from human antibodies help us battle cancer and other diseases — but they blend into our immune system so well, it’s difficult to track their side effects.

Daniel Sherling Daniel Sherling
Daniel Sherling - How we use a shipping container to spark scientific curiosity
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Daniel Sherling - How we use a shipping container to spark scientific curiosity

“How can students get excited about science if they don’t have access to the resources?” asks science education promoter Daniel Sherling.

Karl Skjonnemand Karl Skjonnemand
Karl Skjonnemand - The self-assembling computer chips of the future
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Karl Skjonnemand - The self-assembling computer chips of the future

The transistors that power the phone in your pocket are unimaginably small: you can fit more than 3,000 of them across the width of a human hair.

Li Wei Tan Li Wei Tan
Li Wei Tan - The fascinating science of bubbles, from soap to champagne
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Li Wei Tan - The fascinating science of bubbles, from soap to champagne

In this whimsical talk and live demo, scientist Li Wei Tan shares the secrets of bubbles - from their relentless pursuit of geometric perfection to their applications in medicine and shipping.

Kathy Vinokurov Kathy Vinokurov
Kathy Vinokurov - Challenging the perception of belonging
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Kathy Vinokurov - Challenging the perception of belonging

What happens when you're born in Russia, grow up in Israel and work for an international pharmaceutical company in Germany?

Scott Williams Scott Williams
Scott Williams - The impact of a TED Talk - one year later
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Scott Williams - The impact of a TED Talk - one year later

In 2017, Scott Williams highlighted the invaluable role of informal caregivers within society on the TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany stage.

Lars Jönsson Lars Jönsson
Lars Jönsson - "Healthcare Anthem of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany"
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Lars Jönsson - "Healthcare Anthem of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany"

A thoughtful ode to health care, composed by Tilo Alpermann and performed on the TED@Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany stage by Lars Jönnson.

Deutsche Philarmonie Merck (performance) Deutsche Philarmonie Merck (performance)
Deutsche Philarmonie Merck (performance) - "Part II. The Journey Through Time" / “Ruslan and Lyudmila”
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Deutsche Philarmonie Merck (performance) - "Part II. The Journey Through Time" / “Ruslan and Lyudmila”

Composed by its conductor, Ben Palmer in 2018, the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck performs "Part II.

Speakers 2017

Lena Bieber Lena Bieber
Lena Bieber - Using happiness to evaluate a company’s success
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Lena Bieber - Using happiness to evaluate a company’s success

Corporate happiness as key indicator for attracting Gen-Ys as future investors.

Hannah Bürckstümmer Hannah Bürckstümmer
Hannah Bürckstümmer - A printable, flexible, organic solar cell
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Hannah Bürckstümmer - A printable, flexible, organic solar cell

A vision of sustainable buildings and how organic solar cells can make it real.

Irina Kareva Irina Kareva
Irina Kareva - Math can help uncover cancer's secrets
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Irina Kareva - Math can help uncover cancer's secrets

Mathematical modeling can help test hypotheses and move science forward if we learn how to ask the right questions.

Matthias Müllenbeck Matthias Müllenbeck
Matthias Müllenbeck - What if we paid doctors to keep people healthy?
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Matthias Müllenbeck - What if we paid doctors to keep people healthy?

Change our sick-care system that reimburses treatment of the sick, into a healthcare system that reimburses preserving the health of the healthy.

Christian Schröter Christian Schröter
Christian Schröter - How we’re tracking medical donations across the world
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Christian Schröter - How we’re tracking medical donations across the world

How end-to-end tracking of donation medicines can improve the impact of the available medication and accelerate the way forward towards the elimination of NTDs.

Ilona Stengel Ilona Stengel
Ilona Stengel - The role of human emotions in science and research
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Ilona Stengel - The role of human emotions in science and research

Emotions and human feelings are as important for science and innovation as data and logic.

Dan Walker Dan Walker
Dan Walker - Can we “print” smart objects?
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Dan Walker - Can we “print” smart objects?

In the near future digital printing techniques will allow us to locally produce bespoke, electrically functional objects.

Emilie Weight Emilie Weight
Emilie Weight - 3 things I learned from my intellectually disabled son
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Emilie Weight - 3 things I learned from my intellectually disabled son

Harnessing the strength of people with intellectual disability, transforming assistantship into partnership with them.

Christian Wickert Christian Wickert
Christian Wickert - How fiction can help us better understand our reality
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Christian Wickert - How fiction can help us better understand our reality

How creative writing can help us explore reality in a different way, changing how we work and negotiate.

Scott Williams Scott Williams
Scott Williams - The hidden role informal caregivers play in health care
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Scott Williams - The hidden role informal caregivers play in health care

Modern health systems would cease to function without the crucial role played by caregivers.

Bijan Zakeri Bijan Zakeri
Bijan Zakeri - From flesh eating bacteria to molecular superglue
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Bijan Zakeri - From flesh eating bacteria to molecular superglue

Engineering a virulence factor from the flesh-eating bacteria to produce a new molecular superglue.

The untold stories of unpaid caregivers The untold stories of unpaid caregivers
The untold stories of unpaid caregivers
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The untold stories of unpaid caregivers

Caregiving is universal - we all enter and leave this world needing care.

The global rise of diabetes—and how to prevent it The global rise of diabetes—and how to prevent it
The global rise of diabetes—and how to prevent it
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The global rise of diabetes—and how to prevent it

Diabetes is a serious problem that affects hundreds of millions worldwide, and the World Health Organization predicts that by 2030, diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death*.

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