Register now for the free, online conference exploring the theme of “Kaleidoscope: Patterns in Nature and Society.”

TEDxKonstanz will be held online and will be live broadcasted from March 2-5, 2021. The independently organized event, licensed by the conference series TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), will bring together leading scientists and artists to discuss the theme of patterns against the backdrop of the technologies and issues shaping our time.

TEDxKonstanz is organized by students of the University of Konstanz and co-located Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior (MPI-AB). The talks are organized around the concepts of animal intelligence and perception; mathematics of music and music across cultures; art and technology; and changes in patterns in society. Each day will focus on one concept, featuring two short (18-minute) talks. The full program schedule with all speakers is available at: tedxkonstanz.com.

“Shifting patterns are a fascinating lens for understanding the complexities of nature and society. Our talks will animate in-depth discussion at the intersection of technology, science, and society.”

Angela Albi, TEDxKonstanz chief organizer, and PhD student at the University of Konstanz and MPI-AB.

Talks will address questions including: How does technology influence our perception of the world around us, and can AI mimic our human sense of aesthetics? What can we learn from the study of patterns to address general issues in science or facing our society?  How do different cultures, or different academic disciplines, think about patterns?

TEDxKonstanz is fully virtual and free for all to attend. Talks are available in English and German. The event will be live-streamed during the March event, and made available afterwards on the TEDx website. A total of 100 tickets will be reserved for a live audience to participate in post-talk discussions with the presenters. Ticket reservations and the live-streaming link are available on the TEDxKonstanz website.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on TED.com and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring the spirit of ideas worth spreading from the world-renowned TED conferences to Konstanz. We think this captures one of the values of Konstanz, where people are not only interested in seeing interesting patterns, but in affecting the world around them and creating change.”

Jacob Davidson, TEDxKonstanz organizer and research scientist at the University of Konstanz and MPI-AB .

TEDxKonstanz, 2-5 March 2021. Tickets available at tedxkonstanz.com. Follow @TEDxKonstanz on twitter and @tedxkonstanz on Instagram for the latest updates.

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