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Raising the Bar

We Raised the Bar on education in 2016

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.

Podcasts of these 20 talks are now available.

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.