At the University of Sydney, we believe in taking education out of the lecture theatre and into our city. Raising the Bar 2016 saw 20 free talks by our academics in 20 bars across Sydney.
From airlines and Quidditch to some of the greatest films and business innovations, there has been a multitude of ideas conceived over a few drinks at the pub. Could a PhD thesis also be on this list?
This year, twenty of our brilliant academics escaped their lecture theatres and laboratories to ‘raise the bar’ on topics such as the placebo effect, sexting, exercise hacks and the science behind cheat days.
So whether it was quantum physics or Making a Murderer that sparked your interest, this year’s line-up had something for everyone.
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Last year more than 1000 people pulled up a bar stool 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.
Amid calls for a ‘pub test’ for research grants, University of Sydney academics will rise to the challenge on Tuesday 18 October, when they deliver a series of public talks in bars and pubs across Sydney.