Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2015 Archive

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Neuroscience and development: implications for education and training


26 March 2015

A co-presentation by the Neuroscience & Education Special Interest Group, and the Sciences & Technologies of Learning Research Network

Discoveries in neuroscience about how the brain develops, learns, and remembers will increasingly impact the study of education, and the processes of learning and teaching in schools. In this talk, Professor Ian Hickie, executive director of the Brain & Mind Research Institute, will consider what has been discovered over the past 10 years, and where we may be heading.

This lecture will be of particular interest to teachers, early-childhood educators, teacher educators, and parents who want to know what is being learned about children’s brains, and how that new knowledge can improve the way we teach and interact with children in schools and at home.

It will also be of interest to all who are fascinated by what we are learning about the brain and how its complex processes make us who we are.

This lecture is the inaugural lecture of the newly formed Special Interest Group on Neuroscience and Education, within the Faculty of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney. It is open to all who want to know more about neuroscience and its relevance to education and development. We offer you a very warm welcome to this important and timely lecture.

Event details

  • When: 4–5.15pm
  • Where:
    Lecture Theatre 351, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • Contact: Dr Minkang Kim


  • Speaker: Professor Ian Hickie AM is a psychiatrist and prominent mental-health campaigner. He is a former NHMRC Australia Fellow heading the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre and one of Australia's first National Mental Health Commissioners. The commission oversees enhanced accountability for mental-health reform in Australia. Professor Hickie is an internationally renowned researcher in clinical psychiatry and a leading voice on mental-health issues, with a special interest in youth mental health, and the prevention of – and early intervention in – emerging mood disorders. He has been instrumental in using clinical, health-services and population-health data to drive innovations in health services, particularly in primary care. In partnership with Professor Patrick McGorry, Professor Hickie has been at the forefront of developing the youth mental health service headspace: the National Youth Mental Health Foundation.

    Professor Hickie passionately advocates for enhanced health and social services for those with persistent mental illness and for increased accountability in the delivery of those services. As inaugural CEO of beyondblue: a national depression initiative, he established important depression awareness, prevention and early intervention programs. As board member for research at the Mental Health Council of Australia (2003–2006), he was at the forefront of assessing consumers’ and carers’ experiences of mental-health services. The findings underpinned the COAG agreement of 2006–2011 providing $5.5 billion in additional expenditure for mental health and the introduction of access to psychological services under Medicare.

Neuroscience and development: implications for education and training

Where Lecture Theatre 351, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.


26 March 2015

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