Past Events

CHAST Lectures

  • 2015: Christopher Fuchs: A World on the Make: From Modern Quantum Mysteries to Early American Pragmatism.
  • 2013: Reza Hashemi-Nezhad:THORIUM FUEL: For Safe Energy Production and Nuclear Waste Incineration.
  • 2013: Lorimer Moseley: The Body In Mind: Exploring the Role of the Brain in Chronic Pain.
  • 2013: Craig Callender: Falling Through Time. [Video now on Big Ideas]
  • 2012: John Sutton: Beyond the Brain: memory in science and culture.
  • 2012: Brian Schmidt: The Accelerating Universe.
  • 2012: Mark Burry: Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia and its role in assisting the art-science dialogue.
  • 2012: Syd Kirkby: Why Do It the Hard Way? Reflections of an Antarctic Explorer.
  • 2011: Helen Verran: Numbers: Their Human Aspects. Perspective from Indigenous Cultures.
  • 2011: Bert Meijer: Why We Cannot Make Life.
  • 2011: Nigel Lovell: The Science Fiction and Science Fact behind an Australian Bionic Eye.
  • 2011: David Chalmers: The Singularity: A Philosophical Analysis.
  • 2010: James E Hansen: After Copenhagen: Looking for Real Solutions. [Video now on Uni TV]
  • 2010: Saul Griffith: An award-winning inventor examines strategies for a climate-friendly life. [Video now on Slow TV]
  • 2010: Hugh Durrant-Whyte: The Robots are Coming!
  • 2009: Lee Felsenstein:The Social History of the Personal Computer.
  • 2009: David Eagleman: Hearing Colours, Tasting Sounds: The Kaleidoscopic Brain of Synesthesia.
  • 2009: Steve Jones:Is Human Evolution Over?
  • 2008: Mike Morwood: Little Lady with Big Implications: Life, Times and Extinction of the Hobbit (H. floresiensis).

Templeton Lectures

  • 2016: Michael Osborne: Lecture: Technology at work: The future of employment. [Podcast] [Transcript]
  • 2015: Steve Cole: Lecture 1: Social regulation of human gene expression, [Lecture 1 podcast not available] and Lecture 2: Evolution, the moral philosopher? [Podcast]
  • 2014: Stephen Gaukroger:TRUST IN SCIENCE: The Historical Need for a Vindication of Science. [Podcast] [Transcript]
  • 2014: Gordon Gauchat:TRUST IN SCIENCE: The Cultural Authority of Science: Public Perceptions of Science in Society. [Podcast] [Transcript]
  • 2014: Paul Willis:TRUST IN SCIENCE: The Loss of Science and the Loss of Humanity. [Podcast] [Transcript]
  • 2014: Prof Penny Sackett, Dr Paul Willis, Prof Stephen Gaukroger and Prof Gordon Gauchat:TRUST IN SCIENCE: Privileged Knowledge under Challenge: On Trusting Science and Scientists. Templeton discussion led by Natasha Mitchell, ABC Radio. [Podcast] [Transcript]
  • 2013: Margaret Wertheim: We Are All Corals Now: A Meditation on Art, Science and Collectivity in the Age of Global Warming.
  • 2012: Anton Zeilinger: The Foundations of Quantum Mechanics: From Einstein’s Critique to Quantum Communication and Quantum Computation.
  • 2011: Joe LeDoux: The Emotional Brain. [Video now on Slow TV]
  • 2010: Frans de Waal: Is man a wolf to man? Morality and the social behaviour of our fellow primates.
  • 2010: David Sloan Wilson: Evolving the city: using evolution to understand and improve the human condition. Charles Birch Memorial Templeton Lecture.
  • 2009: Sean Carroll: The Origin of the Universe and the Arrow of Time. [Video now on TED]
  • 2008: Lawrence Krauss: Life, The Universe, and Nothing: Life and Death in an Ever-Expanding Universe.
  • 2007: Jack Copeland:Alan Turing and the Curious Birth of Artificial Intelligence.
  • 2006: Jorgen Randers: Global Collapse - Fact or Fiction?
  • 2005: Jill Tarter: Seeking Extraterrestrial Physics and Intelligence During the International Year of Physics.
  • 2004: Ian Lowe: Values for Sustainable Futures.
  • 2003: Vandana Shiva: Beyond Corporate Globalisation; Towards Global Democracy.
  • 2002: Richard Butler: Science, Weapons, Politics: The Ethics, The Hard Choices?
  • 2001: Lord Robert May: Science Advice, Policy Making, And Public Trust.
  • 2000: Philip Kitcher: Creating Perfect People? The Genetic Revolution and Human Possibilities.
  • 1999: Paul Ehrlich: Ethics and Environmental Crises.
  • 1998: Tim Flannery: 'Australia Unlimited' or Meganesian Legacy: What Future for Australia?
  • 1997: Richard Lewontin: Biology as a Social Weapon.
  • 1996: Evelyn Fox Keller: Gender Language and Science.
  • 1995: Barrie Pittock: How 'dangerous' is climate change?
  • 1994: Margaret Boden: Creativity: Inspiration, Intuition or Illusion?
  • 1993: Stephen Boyden: Nature, Culture and the Future.
  • 1992: John Cobb: The Cosmos and God.
  • 1991: Paul Davies: The Birth of the Cosmos