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13 August 2019

Former guerrillas becoming conservationists

Researchers from the University of Sydney and the Earlham Institute are working with ex-combatants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (People's Army FARC-EP) to grow their capability to protect the country's valuable biodiversity.
09 August 2019

IPCC report on climate change and land: experts react

Experts from across the University of Sydney have warned that significant changes to the way we produce and consume food are needed if we want to save the planet from catastrophic climate change.
06 August 2019

Is FaceApp hoarding our data?

In recent weeks there have been privacy concerns and questions around how FaceApp processes facial images, and whether the app is amassing a database of user-submitted images for political purposes, under the guise of a light-hearted game.
01 August 2019

Why intercountry adoption needs a rethink

In a globalising world where new family structures are emerging and evolving, a University of Sydney scholar is calling for a reassessment of the regulations around intercountry adoption.
22 July 2019

Global experts to discuss risks facing children on the move

Being held at the University of Sydney this week, the inaugural Children, Migration and the Right to Health Conference will examine key issues facing the world's child migrants.
27 June 2019

World-first gathering showcased health security's past and future

Spurred on by a desire to help the world better prepare for future major adverse health events, University of Sydney health security expert Associate Professor Adam Kamradt-Scott recently spearheaded the world's first international Global Health Security meet-up.
14 June 2019

Expert insight into refugees' plight: Refugee Week

Australia's National Refugee Week seeks to celebrate the contributions refugees make to our society while exploring the challenges many continue to confront.
05 June 2019

Hillary and hashtags: how young female voters think

Females aged 18 to 30 in London and Sydney have faith in the political system, yet are often disenchanted with the governmental status quo, new University of Sydney research has found.
30 May 2019

University researchers to help Facebook counter hate speech

Researchers from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are the first University of Sydney academics to receive research support from Facebook.
22 May 2019

Experts ask authority to hold oil giant to account on Bight plan

A group of energy and natural resource experts, led by the University of Sydney, is calling on Australia's regulator to hold Norwegian oil company Equinor to account over its proposal to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight.
20 May 2019

Sydney experts advocate for inclusivity at the OECD

Intergenerational inequality creating a new class system, the need to apply a gender lens on the future of work and women in STEMM are some of the key arguments University of Sydney academics will make at the 2019 OECD Forum.
17 May 2019

Timor-Leste aims to become world's first plastics-neutral country

University spin-out company Licella will use catalytic technology developed by Professor Thomas Maschmeyer as part of global consortium to donate plastics recycling plant to the people of Timor-Leste.
17 May 2019

Vale Bob Hawke

Chancellor of the University of Sydney Belinda Hutchinson AM and Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence AC today honoured former Prime Minister Bob Hawke AC who passed away on Thursday 16 May 2019.
13 May 2019

How the major parties stack up on work, care and family policies

The Work and Family Policy Roundtable has delivered a pre-election score card that rates how Labor and Liberal policies stack up against the research evidence on what a strong work, care and family policy platform should look like.
29 April 2019

Sydney's hidden housing problem

A new report released by the Sydney Policy Lab has found low income and vulnerable groups are being forced into informal and sometimes illegal housing arrangements, due to a lack of affordable alternatives.
15 April 2019

Shark bite research reveals politicians' fishy behaviour

More than a decade's worth of research has revealed how politicians manipulate highly emotional incidents like shark bites to influence public sentiment and protect their own interests.
04 April 2019

Sydney places 25th in the world in global impact ranking

The University of Sydney has been ranked 25th in the overall 2019 Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking.
29 March 2019

Addressing the future use and misuse of our data

Hosted by the University of Sydney, the ethics of data science conference brought together world-renowned experts to address the current crisis in confidence around machine learning, artificial intelligence and data use.
29 March 2019

Sydney excels in national research engagement and impact assessment

The University of Sydney has performed strongly in the Australian Research Council's first Engagement and Impact Assessment of research at Australian universities.
27 March 2019

Celebrating disability-inclusive education

The Centre for Disability Studies today held a round table event at the University of Sydney to celebrate advances, and inspire further progress, in tertiary education opportunities for people with intellectual disability.