Astronaut Suzanna Randall is one of the two first German women to go into space in 2021 on a research mission of the ISS. On board of the ISS, scientists carry out medical self-tests to gain important insights for medicine on the ground. As these scientists from Germany have all been male until now, men benefit disproportionately more from medical research in space – because in many aspects, there are significant medical differences between men and women, e.g. with regard to the visual organs, the vestibular system, bones and hormones. In Germany, there are no research results from medical self-experiments on the female body in space yet. However, medical research in space could provide significant insights into women’s medicine on the ground, from which millions of women would benefit.

An affordable leg for a new life

Simon Oschwald from Zurich is the co-founder of Project Circleg. Project Circleg is an appropriate lower-limb prostetic system designed for the needs of amputees in developing countries. By using recycled plasticwaste in combination with simple production methods, the Circleg prosthesis can be produced locally and cost-effectively.

The forgotten benefits of a bad memory.

Catriona Morrison researches mainly in the field of language and memory, including language and memory development and issues relating to changes in cognition across the lifespan. Memory is essential for every move we make, so why is it that memory sometimes lets us down? Should we be concerned or might it actually be healthy?

Beatbox vs. harmonic

Moses was born in Sardinia. From an early age he participated in theatre shows and showed a marked interest in music and art. From the age of fifteen he experimented with different instruments and new stylistic choices. At the age of 22 he began to play the harmonica, the same that his grandmother gave him when he was a child. Since then he has never stopped experimenting, composing, improvising with different instruments. His path naturally pushes him towards the stylistic choice of the beatbox harmonic, through a sort of “necessary and physical drive to transform the breath into a musical fact”, a real transposition of rhythm, sound and daily self-expression.

The complex life of ice sheets

Angelika Humbert is a glaciologist working on icesheet modelling at the Alfred Wegener Institute. Observations show that the ice sheets in Greenland and the Antarctic are changing rapidly. The glaciers at the edges of the ice sheets are now flowing more rapidly: this means that they transport more ice from the land’s interior to the ocean, which in turn causes the sea level to rise. To date, her studies have above all shown us one thing: in reality, the ice masses in Greenland and the Antarctic are changing more rapidly and dramatically than our models suggest – a cold, wet, multi-scale problem that isn’t easy to solve.

Dark Patterns – Deceptive design practices

Nicolas Tschaikner is a user experience designer and founder of the Viennese design agency superfluid. A large part of his work consists of presenting complex systems in a simple way and getting users of digital products to reach their goals as comfortably and quickly as possible. UX designers achieve this through a fundamental understanding of psychology and human behaviour. However, this understanding is also used to deceive and trick users, giving us an internet full of traps. Nicolas exposes manipulative design practices – so-called dark patterns – and explains how to avoid them.


Lorenz Weber, 15 years old, is a student living in Dornbirn. Four years ago he started his own successful business as a professional interior cleaner for cars. From Feldkirch to Bregenz, Lorenz makes cars look like they are brand new. He uses the best tools available on the market. We are really excited that Lorenz is part of the fitfth TEDxDornbirn.

Wolfgang Schöfberger – Turning CO2 into Alcohol

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5th TEDxDornbirn 
26th, February 2022

at spielboden Dornbirn