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Sydney Ideas

Great minds don't always think alike

Sydney Ideas is the University of Sydney's public events program. We believe in the value of ideas that make a difference and have been bringing leading thinkers from around the world to Sydney since 2006.

Check out our events – month by month

Breaking news: on the decline of press freedom and democracy

  • Monday 26 August, 6 – 7.30pm
  • What does national security, data security and the changing face of legislation mean for free speech and our right to know? A reporter, satirist and political theorist examine the state of affairs. Booked out

Living longer: Why, and how?

  • Tuesday 27 August, 6.30 – 8pm
  • Ageing is the main cause of chronic diseases such as Alzheimer's, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Given this exorable link, can we extend our lifespan without risking our health and quality of life? Booked out

Animal welfare, human wellbeing and planetary health

  • Wednesday 28 August, 2 – 4pm
  • Join us for a discussion of how the choices we make when we feed our animal companions affects other animals, the environment and even our own wellbeing. Book now

Bold new ideas for Australia's future

  • Thursday 29 August, 6 – 7pm
  • Australian politics has been systematically disrupted by leadership changes, the rise of populism and shifting geopolitical realities. What now for Australia’s future? Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd joins political adviser Marc Stears to discuss. Book now

Room for improvement: cities, housing and health

  • Monday 9 September, 6.30 – 8pm
  • Improving our cities and housing conditions can increase our quality of life, prevent disease, and help mitigate climate change. What does this look like in practice, and how might we get to this place? Let's get (urban) planning. Book now

The political economy of inequality

  • Tuesday 10 September, 6 – 7.30pm
  • How can we close the widening gap between rich and poor? Political economist Frank Stilwell will discuss economic inequality, expose the scale of the problem and provide alternative strategies for a fairer society. Book now

Public interest and toxic chemicals

  • Thursday 19 September, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Join public health expert Professor Tim Driscoll and Walkley Award-winning journalists Kerry O'Brien and Carrie Fellner, as they discuss the role of scientific research and journalism to uncover the dangers of widely used chemicals. Book now

Precision medicine: Can it live up to the hype?

  • Wednesday 2 October, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Join us as world-renowned thinkers explore some of the key issues around precision medicine. We analyse the realities of disease prediction, economics, ethics, clinical applications and the balance between the personal and the public benefit. Book now

A new light on quantum computing

  • Wednesday 2 October, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Professor Chris Monroe is one of the world's foremost quantum technologists and will be in Sydney to explain the rise of what promises to be a revolutionary technology of the 21st century. Book now

How the Waterfront dispute changed industrial relations in Australia

  • Monday 28 October, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Join labour expert Professor Shae McCrystal, and Walkley Award-winning journalists Pamela Williams and Quentin Dempster, for a conversation about the nature of work in Australia. Book now