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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

Arts, health and healing

  • Monday 21 October, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Creative practices have transformative effects on public health. How can we embed the arts to provide better healthcare? 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

Power, Hope and Social Change: The Rise of the City?

  • Wednesday 30 October, 6.30 – 8pm
  • The world's liberal democracies are faltering. Where do we turn for hope? Hear some of the most exciting campaigners in the world today. Book now

The future is Asian

  • Tuesday 5 November, 6 – 7.30pm
  • The world has gotten used to hearing 'America First', but is it ready for 'Asia First'? Leading global strategy adviser and international bestselling author Parag Khanna makes a case for why we need to start looking at the world, and future, from the Asian point of view. Book now

From Bathurst to Bhutan and beyond: meet Andrew Denton and Kinley Dorji

  • Thursday 7 November, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Andrew Denton and Dasho Kinley Dorji studied journalism together at Bathurst in NSW in the 1980s and have since made enormous contributions to the media and democracy landscapes in Australia and Dorji's home country of Bhutan. Hear them swap remarkable stories at this special Sydney Ideas event. Book now

Hope vs fear: Climate change as a security issue

  • Monday 11 November, 6.30 – 8pm
  • What does it mean to call a climate emergency? Military and security experts have warned that as temperatures continue to rise, so too will security risks, including in extreme cases, the risk of armed conflict. Book now

Can calculus cure cancer?

  • Tuesday 12 November, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Oxford professor and mathematician Helen Byrne will highlight the exciting applications of maths to model, predict and ultimately improve the effectiveness and development of cancer treatments. Book now

After the Apology: Sorry means you don't do it again

  • Tuesday 19 November, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Indigenous children are still being removed from their families at increasing rates, despite the clear links to negative child health and education outcomes. Why and how is this still happening? Book now

Who should govern environmental disasters, and how?

  • Thursday 21 November, 6 – 7.30pm
  • As global warming rapidly heats up our planet, the likelihood and frequency of environmental disasters caused by extreme weather events - from bushfires to floods - rises substantially. But are we equipped to manage these disasters? Book now

The power of inclusive filmmaking

  • Monday 25 November, 6 – 7.30pm 
  • Join us as award-winning filmmaker Genevieve Clay-Smith speaks about inclusive filmmaking, which sees people with intellectual disability and others from marginalised communities co-create short films and at the same time gain education and pathways to employment. Book now