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Public lectures by the brightest minds in science

The Faculty of Science's flagship public lecture series, the Sydney Science Forum, brings thousands of people from the Sydney community on campus each year to hear about the latest in scientific research, ideas, possibilities and innovations.

The forums take place throughout the year and are a highlight of the Science Alliance program. Many of the guest speakers are leaders in their respective fields and the Forum provides not only an opportunity to listen to, but also to interact with these special guests.

The series communicates cutting-edge science research in a way that is accessible and fun!

2017 Sydney Science Forum


Introducing the 2017 Sydney Science Forum

Featuring our brightest scientific minds, the 2017 Sydney Science Forum is jam-packed with the latest in scientific research, ideas, possibilities and innovations. Find out more and register today at http://sydney.edu.au/sydney-science-forum

Posted by Faculty of Science, University of Sydney on Thursday, 30 March 2017

Camperdown Campus


Hugs not drugs: Revolutionising the treatment of addiction

Wednesday 22 March 2017

We have a problem with addictive drugs but treatment options for substance-use disorders are severely limited and a breakthrough is needed.

Find out why researchers hope that developing small molecules that act on the 'love hormone' system may provide the solution for addiction.

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The Doctor: The time(less) lord of science

Wednesday 7 June 2017

Once again, The Doctor's mission has been to interpret the beauty and the mystery of the scientific world around us – alerting us to the complexities and condundrums of the everyday.

Join Dr Karl Kruszelnicki as he tells the tale of his latest mission.

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Stranger things: The uncanny world of animal pregnancy

Wednesday 16 August 2017

Giving birth to a live baby, rather than laying an egg, is an important biological innovation allowing animals to incubate embryos internally.

Discover how researchers are using cutting-edge techniques to learn about the fundamental processes of pregnancy in a diverse range of species.

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The world builders: Creating an experimental planet

Wednesday 20 September 2017

What makes our planet habitable? Rapid global environmental change compels us to better understand what makes Earth suitable for life.

Find out how the Experimental Planet being developed by the University of Sydney's EarthByte Group is exploring different pathways in Earth’s geological evolution and enabling an unprecedented understanding of Earth’s dynamic engine and environmental interactions.

Registrations for this event will open mid-2017.

Breaking good: Making medicines

Wednesday 25 October 2017

Malaria killed over 400 000 people in 2015, so there is an urgent need for antimalarial drugs.

Find out how Open Source Malaria is demonstrating that science is better and more efficient when ideas and data are shared, as they conduct open source drug discovery with collaborators at universities around the world, plus high school students. It’s drug development like you’ve never seen it before!

Registrations for this event will open mid-2017.



Westmead Campus


Bright lights: The science of light at the nanoscale

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Can we fit a whole lab on a chip? Can we squeeze big data highways through nano-circuits? It may be hard to imagine, but all this and much more is possible with nanophotonics, the science of light at the nanoscale.

Be dazzled by the amazing science that underpins these new technologies, and discover how light is making our future bright.

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City within the city: Why nature persists in urban environments

Wednesday 18 October 2017

We often think of cities as concrete wastelands, where humans and their structures dominate and our natural systems are lost. The reality is that a surprising number of animals and plants manage to persist in cities. Some even thrive, seemingly better off in our modern cities than in their natural habitats.

Discover the ways nature adapts to the pressures of city life and find out about new ways to conserve nature in cities.

Registrations for this event will open mid-2017.