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We hold public lectures and partner with cultural festivals that bring creativity and innovation to the heart of Sydney.

We believe it's our job, as a university, to build platforms for brilliant ideas to spread through the community. The following programs and partnerships are just a few of the ways we're doing that.

Sydney Ideas

Sydney Ideas was established to share our belief in the value of ideas that make a difference, by bringing leading thinkers from Australia and the world to the University and the Sydney community.

In 2016, we celebrate 10 years since the first Sydney Ideas event with Robert Fisk, in March 2006. Since then we have held 671 events for more than 102,000 attendees.

There have been many highlights, and we're now adding our extensive archive of podcasts to Soundcloud, including new playlists for Creativity, Why History Matters, and Voices from the Middle East. If you have a topic you’re particularly interested in, send us an email and we'll create a playlist for you from our archives.

Check out this month’s Sydney Ideas line up and sign up for our monthly newsletter, or get a taste with a podcast of some of our recent events on our website or visit Soundcloud.

Raising the Bar

Pedal power: Associate Professor Corinne Caillaud spoke about doping in the Tour de France as part of Raising the Bar 2015.  

We'll be partnering with Raising the Bar again in 2016 to deliver 20 talks in 20 bars across Sydney on 18 October.

Last year saw more than 1000 people swap lecture theatres and laboratories for bar stools to hear our academics speak on a diverse range of topics, including medicinal cannabinoids, why Muslim women wear the veil, getting into the housing market, and quantum physics.

If you're interested in attending Raising the Bar 2016, join our mailing list. Further details will also be announced right here as soon as they're available.

Raising the Bar 2016

Where: 20 bars across Sydney
When: Tuesday 18 October 2016

Listen to the podcasts from Raising the Bar 2015

Cultural festivals

We collaborate on cultural events and festivals throughout the year that encourage creative and intellectual exploration.

Our 2016 activities include: