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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

On hate and race politics

  • Thursday 21 March, 6.30 – 8pm
  • How is hate shaping society? And what must we do about it? Political philosopher Tim Soutphommasane reflects on race relations and multiculturalism in Australia and beyond, and what it means for democracy worldwide. Booked out

Moving to a gender-equal world

  • Wednesday 27 March, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Join Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence, leading gender equality advocate Elizabeth Broderick and ABC journalist Sarah Ferguson as they share insights into how society can successfully embed cultural change into our daily lives and workplaces. Booked out

The 2030 agenda: Is Australia on track? 

  • Thursday 28 March,  6.30 – 8pm
  • Join us for a conversation with John McArthur, UN Foundation senior advisor and Brookings Institution senior fellow, about global efforts towards Sustainable Development Goals and what it will take for Australia to rise to a leading role. Book now

Nano 3D printing: materials beyond imagination

  • Tuesday 9 April, 6 – 7.30pm
  • What is nano 3D printing, and how will it transform our lives? Professor Martin Wegener from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will deliver the inaugural University of Sydney Nano Institute public lecture. Book now

Can we prevent diabetes?

  • Tuesday 9 April, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Diabetes is arguably one of Australia's greatest health challenges and fastest-growing chronic conditions. But landmark research shows that we can stop type 2 diabetes before it starts. Learn how in this event. Book now

The road to Indigenous repatriation

  • Wednesday 10 April, 6 – 7.30pm
  • How can we better understand the conflict between scientific and Indigenous knowledge? Book now

Why there's more to learn from Mahatma Gandhi's activism

  • Thursday 11 April, 6.30 – 8pm
  • In the face of civil unrest, political upheaval and violence, how can peaceful actions be effective? Join us for this conversation about the transformational leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and its ongoing relevance. Book now

Understanding carbon in the air: can we avert a climate catastrophe?

  • Wednesday 17 April, 6 – 7.30pm
  • University of Cambridge Professor Herbert Huppert leads this insightful conversation on how global temperatures in the earth's atmosphere has increased over time and what we can do to stop potential calamity. 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