Also known as: the soul and blood of TEDxUppsalaUniversity

TEDxUppsalaUniversity believe that “ideas worth spreading” can be found all across society and in all disciplines. After months of background checking, interviewing, coaching and draft writing TEDxUppsalaUniversity can proudly present seven speakers – each and every one with an idea worth a stage.

Field: Economics

Name: Johanna Rickne

Johanna Rickne is an Associate Professor in Economics at the Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University, and a researcher at the Department of Government at Uppsala University. Her research is in labor economics, political economics, and gender economics. Her research on gender quotas has been published in top academic journals in both economics and political science. As a researcher on the economics of couple formation, she is often asked to give relationship advice. Next to this she has a fascination for samba music, cats and learning languages and cultures, especially those in North East Asia.


Field: Gaming

Name: Patrick Prax

Proudly introducing our second speaker for this year´s TEDxUppsalaUniversity event, Patrick Prax!

Patrick Prax is an assistant professor in game design and researcher at the National Swedish Museum of Science and Technology. Patrick is investigating digital games from an interdisciplinary perspective of media studies and game studies. In addition, he is interested in the development of player´s co-creation to game design. With four children at home he is painfully aware that they will soon beat him in every game there is.


Field: Nano science

Name: Sara Frykstrand

After graduating from a master of chemical engineering program at Uppsala University, Sara Frykstrand pursued a PhD in Engineering Science with specialization in Nanotechnology and Functional Materials. Her passion for travelling, skiing and cooking didn’t stand in the way of great research, because in her first year, she was part of a team that invented a new material, Upsalite®.


Field: Astronomy

Name: Erik Zackrisson

Erik Zackrisson is an associate professor in Astronomy at Uppsala University. He spends most of his time studying distant galaxies, the mysterious dark matter and the birth of black holes. He also has a keen interest in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Besides his profession, Erik likes writing fiction, hanging out in old-school video game arcades and to invent recipes for bizarrely unhealthy food together with his kids.


Field: Honor based violence

Name: Sevana Bergström

Uppsala-raised Sevana Bergström was just 15 years old when she got the opportunity to play professional football in the USA. At the same age she was confronted with forced marriage of one of her friends. This gave her the inspiration to start TRIS (Tjejers Rätt I Samhället), one of Sweden’s most leading organisations against honour based violence. With the project Ronjabollen, football clubs for girls, they empower girls all over Sweden.


Field: Interdisciplinary innovation

Name: Imad Elabdala

Imad Elabdala is the founder and CEO of Kidnovation, an innovationlab that mixes science, art and storytelling to make tools that help children with their vulnerabilities. The idea began 2 years ago, when Imad himself was struggling with PTSD after fleeing the war in Syria. He has found a new home in Sweden, which is now hosting his love for music, his engineering background and his childhood dreams.


Field: Changing values

Name: Pontus Strimling

Pontus Strimling is a social scientist at the Institute for Future Studies in Stockholm with a research background in anything from Anthropology and Biology to Economics. Starting out in mathematics he has worked on diverse research subjects. After realizing that he did not know why it felt more appropriate to use pump soap over bar soap, he decided to dive deep into the question of how norms change and what that tells us about the future.