Events from 1 August, 2014

  • Date
  • 7th August, 2014
    6 to 7:30PM

    Keeping Good Science from Going Bad: Preventing the Malicious Use of Life Science and Biotechnology

    Dr Gerald L. Epstein, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Biological, Chemical, Nuclear, and Radiological Policy, US Department of Homeland Security

    Advances in life sciences and biotechnology offer tremendous potential to contribute significantly to health, welfare, and quality of life. However, the scientific and technological base that makes these benefits possible can be subverted to do harm. As a result, illicit applications cannot be controlled without constraining legitimate ones. This so-called “dual use dilemma” is a particular challenge in the life sciences because both the benefits and the risks can be large.

  • 8th August, 2014
    3:45 to 5:15PM

    American Biodefense: How Dangerous Ideas About Biological Weapons Shape National Security

    Book Launch with author Frank L. Smith: This event will launch a new book in which Smith shows how influential ideas have caused both military neglect and the rise of civilian biodefence. Smith's work seeks to demonstrate how the profound influence of these ideas on science and technology challenges the conventional wisdom that threats or bureaucratic interests drive national security policy. Smith explains why the lessons learned from biodefence can help solve other important problems that range from radiation weapons to cyber attacks.

  • 11th August, 2014
    4 to 5:30PM

    Sydney Ideas Lecture with International Broadcaster Nik Gowing: Skyful of Lies and Black Swans: Who Controls Shifting Information Power in Crises?

    This presentation and discussion focus on the new executive fragilities and policy implications for government ministers, civil servants, defence and security agencies plus corporate institutions and NGO’s from the new matrix of real-time information flows and transparency created especially by the explosion of social media. The new digital connectivity and IT realities are disruptive game changers.

  • 12th August, 2014
    11.45 - 1.30PM
  • 1st September, 2014 to 30th September, 2014

    2014 Festival of Democracy

    During the month of September the Sydney Democracy Network will be hosting a month-long carnival of talks, lectures, workshops, art and cinema probing and debating the latest scholarly thinking and formidable practical challenges facing democracy across the globe. Open to the general public, with contributions covering regions as diverse as the Asia Pacific, Europe and Antarctica, the Festival will feature such topics as journalism in the age of digital networks; the lack of public accountability of Australia’s extractive industries; corruption and political instability in China; and the future role of renewable energy resources and the future of democracy in the 21st century. 

  • 28th September, 2014 to 1st October, 2014

    APSA 2014 Conference

    The annual conference of the Australian Political Studies Association will meet from Sunday 28th September to Wednesday 1st October 2014 at the University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.