Ig Nobel – highlighting humorous and unexpected science



Imagine yourself banging your head against a tree over and over – it is not a very pleasant proposal. However, woodpeckers constantly hammer into trees without getting brain injuries. So how is it possible for the woodpecker to do this? Studies of its head anatomy revealed many mechanisms that prevent brain damage. This discovery awarded, in 2006, Ivan R. Schwab and Philip R.A. May an Ig Nobel Prize in the category of ornithology. Read more…

Posted by Monika Abramczuk on August 17th, 2014

Come take an #Instawalk with us


Together with our friends from IGersVienna we decided to invite you on a journey of discovery of our own dear city Vienna. And NO, it’s NOT just another guided tour through Vienna’s most famous sightseeing spots, with dull group photos in front of the Stephansdom or pulling the elephant’s ears in front of the Naturhistorisches Museum. This time we’ll take you on an Instawalk led by one of our City 2.0 former speakers, Ilkim Erdost.

What is the City? The City is ever-changing, multifaceted, unpredictable. The City is kaleidoscopic. The City is how you see it. The City is how he sees it. Each vantage point offers a different view. So let’s discover it. We each know only an aspect of the city so let’s put them all together and unravel the mystery, the hidden corners, the magical reflections, the bright colors and the ever-changing faces of the City.


We’ll do an Instawalk with you. Take photos on the way & tag all your photos with #TEDxVienna. Follow TEDxVienna on Instagram!

What is an Instawalk?
An Instawalk is a photo walk where people, take photos with their Instagram accounts, edit and share them as they walk, using the same hashtag, in our case #TEDxVienna to stay connected.

Where & When?

We’ll meet on the 23rd of August. Have a look at the plan:

13:00 Meeting at Matteottiplatz,1160 Wien (the round “square” just
off Liebknechtgasse)
13:15 – 15:15 Instawalk #TEDxVienna
15:30 Afterhour at (will be announced soon!)


Our City 2.0 former speaker, Ilkim Erdost will lead the Instawalk. Born and raised in Vienna, Ilkim is the principal of the Volkshochschule Ottakring, a school for adult education in the 16th district of Vienna, member of the district council and her work focuses on Community Development and Community Education projects. Watch her talk here.

This Instwalk will be available only for 30 participants. You need to register via e-mail to igersvienna@gmail.com with your Instagram username + full name.

Looking forward to discover Vienna, the kaleidoscopic City with you!


Posted by Alexandra Manoliu on August 12th, 2014

Want to live longer? Then make stress your friend


Kelly McGonigal starts off her inspirational talk with a request for her audience members – she asks them to make a little confession about the level of stress they have encountered in their lives during the last year. Read more…

Posted by Steven McGuinness on August 10th, 2014

Save-the-date: A Brave New Space awaits you


Drum-roll please: We are happy to officially announce the 2014 TEDxVienna annual conference: TEDxVienna Brave New Space.

Yup, it’s here. TEDxVienna is back with our best event yet. Building upon the knowledge and experience gained at last year’s conference Unlimited, we’ll take one step further into seeking new options and spaces we can enter and explore. Read more…

Posted by Alexandra Manoliu on August 7th, 2014

Because they would have done it for me: About leadership and safety


Have you ever heard of US Army Captain William D. Swenson? He recently received the Medal of Honor from US president Barack Obama for putting his life at risk to rescue other soldiers on a battlefield in Afghanistan. Not only did he run into the fire without a helmet on to pull his camarades out of the scene, he also got caught on camera giving one of his wounded guys a kiss on the forehead.
Read more…

Posted by Lilli Koisser on August 3rd, 2014

The real city


Thanks to endless cheap flight offers, almost everyone has been to London, Paris and Co. All urban explorers will agree that the most fun is to uncover the character of a city by unexpected discoveries in form of local restaurants and hidden walks. In a nutshell, people enjoy getting to know the uniqueness and identity of a city. But can cities create and maintain their identities in a globalized 21th century? Read more…

Posted by Lisa Landskron on July 30th, 2014

Motion Picture Education



Movies are modern day fairy tales. They still incorporate the same archetypes, the same patterns as used by storytellers centuries ago. That raises the question about whether these elements are still up to date – and what our society is being taught. Read more…

Posted by Philipp Greiner on July 27th, 2014

Turning perceived “disability” into a capability


Capitalism and financial rewards have often been great motivators for corporations to get on board with good causes or diversity programs, but with the rising power of technology comes the increasing benefits of employing people with disabilities such as Autism or visual impediments. Read more…

Posted by Steven McGuinness on July 24th, 2014

Fake it until you become it


Our bodies are apt to tell our biographies.
by Frank Gillette Burgess

Since the very moment that we are born we start learning how to speak. As babies, we posses a natural learning ability that starts being “explored” and developed by our parents and teachers. We start by responding to our parents’ rhythm of language, we then distinguish between language and noise and progressively start recognizing sounds, words, sentences to eventually be able to formulate words, sentences and ideas on our own. One of the main reasons why we learn how to speak is to be able to distinguish, understand and respond to other people’ intents, wishes, requests, etc. Some might call this communication. But what if what our parents should really teach us was how to “speak correctly” the body language instead of the word language? Given the 55/38/7 rule* that says that 55% of communication is body language, 38% is the tone of voice, and 7% is the actual words spoken, body language is obviously more important in detecting, understanding and responding to our surrounding contexts. Read more…

Posted by Alexandra Manoliu on July 20th, 2014

A king in one country, a servant in another


“It has become common knowledge to know that if you move to a western country, chances are that you are not going to get a job in the same area [as you are educated in].” – Jackie Ochieng

“When I came here, I couldn’t find a job in my field, which is why I ended up cleaning washrooms. [...]  It is not about qualifications, it’s about who you know.” – Paul Mulangu

“I was an assistant manager at a big jewelry store in the Dominican Republic, now I clean tables. “ – Anonymous

These few quotes are just a tiny glimpse into the lives of hundreds of immigrants around the world and the struggles they have to overcome, to fit into a system that is in actuality meant to improve their situation.  Read more…

Posted by Bih Fon on July 15th, 2014