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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

How an Australian researcher is changing the genetics game

  • Monday 20 May, 6 – 7.30pm
  • When a rare medical condition (limb girdle muscular dystrophy) struck Monkol Lek in his early twenties, he took matters into his own hands. Monkol is now at the cutting-edge of genetic research at Yale and the findings so far have the potential to be game changing for a number of diseases. Book now

Made to Measure: Art, science and the obesity epidemic

  • Tuesday 21 May, 8 – 9:15pm
  • As part of Seymour's Centre's premiere season of Made to Measure by Alana Valentine, this special Sydney Ideas event explores the role the arts has to play in investigating major public health issues. Book now

How archaeology can help future proof against natural disasters

  • Wednesday 22 May, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Archaeology can help us understand how climate and environmental change in our recent and distant past shapes our future. Join us as we delve into the little-known world of environmental archaeology, during National Archaeology Week. Book now

Does language control us?

  • Thursday 6 June, 6 – 7.30pm  
  • Language is sometimes viewed as a window on the mind, but it is equally a tool, a weapon, or perhaps most accurately: a remote control device. What do a linguist, psychologist and political thinker have to say about this? Book now

Why should the perfect robot look and think just like a human?

  • Tuesday 11 June, 6 – 7.30pm
  • The popular notion that the perfect robot will be just like a human closes our eyes to the genuine possibilities and risks of AI and robotics. Book now

Knowledge equity in the online world

  • Wednesday 12 June, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Join us as digital geographer Martin Dittus, from the Oxford Internet Institute, maps on a global scale the different ways knowledge is migrating online and identifies whose voices are loudest. Book now

Economic and social justice in a climate changed world

  • Thursday 13 June, 6 – 7.30pm
  • This event brings together four internationally renowned scholars to explore climate justice and economic justice within the context of a climate changed world and their broader implications for the wider world. Book now

Biodiversity and extinction: can we achieve justice for all?

  • Wednesday 19 June, 6 – 7.30pm  
  • Our panel will explore climate change, resource extraction and increasing levels of extinction present unprecedented challenges. What does justice mean if humans, non-human animals and the environment are all taken seriously as subjects of justice? Book now