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Sydney's most diverse range of free talks, forums, lectures, panels and debates.
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Is the health sector key to a warming world? A discussion of Australia's healthcare system and its carbon footprint.

Sydney Asian Art Series: Lam Qua, Chinese Export Artist

  • Saturday 28 April
  • The first Sydney Asian Art Series event features Winnie Wong, Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, discussing Chinese artist Lam Qua.

Is the health sector key to a low-carbon world?

  • Tuesday 1 May
  • Did you know that the Australian healthcare system is contributing to 7% of the nation's carbon footpring? This talk will discuss how health care sectors can work together to drive environmental change.

Unpacking Privilege

  • Friday 4 May
  • Join us for a discussion around privilege, oppression and inequity in society today, where our panellists will attempt to answer the important question - what is privilege? Who has it, and who doesn't?

Spatial inequality and Australian cities in a warming world

  • Monday 7 May
  • There are many dimensions to spatial inequality in Australia. This forum will probe the uneven distribution of the country’s economic and environmental resources, with a particular focus on cities. 

Ocean’s Forms: Process, Structure, and Imagination at Sea

  • Tuesday 8 May
  • A closer look at how philosophy, marine geoscience, art, and literature explore different ways of knowing the sea, and how they might inform one another in the future.

The Landscape of Poetry: Mark Tredinnick in conversation with Robyn Ewing

  • Tuesday 15 May
  • Poet Mark Tredinnick will be in conversation with Professor Robyn Ewing AM discussing the landscape in and of contemporary poetry and the role of the lyric in a time of spiritual and ecological crisis.

The Future of Building

  • Wednesday 16 May
  • Leading national and international experts will discuss and propose the necessary shift in the way we think about building to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Global and Diverse Leadership

  • Thursday 17 May
  • In this Sydney Ideas talk, Professor Jean Lau Chin from Adelphi University in New York will examine what successful 21st century leadership should look like in our increasingly diverse and global society.

An Ancient and Dynamic History

  • Tuesday 22 May
  • Co-presented with the Department of Archaeology, this event brings together two professional archaeologists to discuss current and future approaches to Aboriginal archaeology.

Food as medicine

  • Wednesday 23 May
  • Are we eating ourselves sick? Could food really help us ward off diseases like diabetes, dementia, cancer and dental or cardiovascular disease?

Sydney Asian Art Series: Transcultural Attractions

  • Tuesday 29 May
  • The second Sydney Asian Art Series event features Professor Ajay Sinha discussing the remarkable, large-size photographs of Indian dancer, Ram Gopal taken by American photographer, Carl Van Vechten in 1938.

Introduced Species

  • Thursday 31 May
  • Calling all music and art lovers to a one-hour special event presented in partnership with Vivid Sydney, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Seymour Centre.

Why we need to think about inequality and climate change

  • Monday 4 June
  • This panel will bring together speakers who make the case for the necessity of seeing climate change and inequality as entwined challenges.


  • Tuesday 26 June
  • Professor Kevin McDonald presents case studies with a university student, a computer hacker, and a former drug dealer to demonstrate different radicalisation experiences

Do dogs make us happy and healthy?

  • Wednesday 27 June
  • Does having a dog in your life make you happy and healthy? And do dogs benefit from having humans as friends?

Dogs Helping People: In families, hospitals, colleges and at work

  • Monday 2 July
  • Some studies show dog owners are happier. Could having a dog indeed help people in their day-to-day lives?

Making the new energy system fair

  • Monday 2 July
  • This event will discuss the importance of building a new energy system that is fair to all, and what a truly progressive energy system might look like going forward.

Jellyfish behaving badly?

  • Tuesday 14 August
  • They dazzle us, terrify us, nourish us, and fascinate us. They can seem utterly otherworldly, and yet they’re among the more ancient species to inhabit earth. And because of rising ocean temperatures, they are moving.

The end of time: the future history of the universe

  • Thursday 16 August
  • Join us for a cosmic journey through space and time, through galactic collisions and hyperactive black holes, and onto the death of the last star.