Supporting Sydney's biggest events

7 March 2014

The University of Sydney is proud to continue its support of some of Sydney's biggest and most popular cultural events again in 2014.

We have committed to TEDxSydney as Principal Partner for the second year in a row, as well as the exclusive education and research partner. We will also be partnering with Sydney Writers' Festival for the third year running.

University of Sydney academics Dr Clio Creswell and Professor Richard Banati have been named as speakers at this year's TEDxSydney event in April.

Author of the internationally acclaimed book Mathematics and Sex, Dr Creswell will speak about the surprising relationship between mathematics and sex, and how the pattern recognition that is at the core of maths can affect your most intimate relationships.

Professor Richard Banati addresses the question: Is recycling actually good for the planet? After examining the feathers of sea birds, Professor Banati believes a shift to recycled plastic has resulted in ocean pollution through nano-particles.

TEDxSydney is one of Asia-Pacific's leading platforms for celebrating and sharing world-changing ideas. The partnership is a natural fit with the University's mission to encourage innovative thinking and finding real-world solutions to our most pressing issues.

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence said the University was delighted to once again support TEDxSydney.

"As the principal partner we share a vision for thought leadership, challenging ideas and intellectual engagement. We believe in the transformative power of education, and this commitment to TEDxSydney supports our ongoing commitment to fostering greater knowledge and understanding of the world and its people."

A one-day event, TEDxSydney 2014 will take place in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall before a live audience of 2,250, and will be simulcast in public areas. It will also be streamed online around the world.

Previous speakers from the University of Sydney community have included activist and entrepreneur Jeremy Heimans, philosopher Tim Soutphommasane, installation artist Lyn Wallworth, architect Gerard Reinmuth, musicians Lara Goodridge and Tim Hollo, singer and songwriter Tim Freedman, Sydney Children's Choir founder and the Gondwana National Indigenous Children's Choir Lyn Williams, and Indigenous singer Nardi Simpson.

Australia's largest annual literary festival, Sydney Writers' Festival will feature distinguished academics from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences' as part of its program. The event will take place from 19 to 25 May.

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Professor Duncan Ivison said the University loves working with people who are passionate about great writing and big ideas. "We're also delighted that our brilliant students, academics and alumni are able to contribute to the ongoing success of the festival," he said.

"A vibrant public culture is something that needs constant support, cultivation and provocation - and we're committed to working with Sydney Writers' Festival to do just that."

Keep an eye out on the University of Sydney website for more details about TEDxSydney and Sydney Writers' Festival.