Expand your mind with the Institute of Advanced Studies.

Each year the Institute hosts or co-hosts public talks and other events by distinguished visiting and local scholars, artists, writers and public intellectuals. These events contribute to our goal of sharing current research, new ideas and encouraging discussion and debate within the broader community.

Listen to past talks

Public Talks in 2019

19 February

How to achieve a sustainable blue economy
A public lecture by Professor Rashid Sumaila, Director, Fisheries Economics Research Unit, University of British Columbia and UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


19 February

Overcoming the challenges of making high quality cross-national comparisons. The example of the European Social Survey
A public lecture by Professor Rory Fitzgerald, Director, European Social Survey, City, University of London and UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


20 February

Mining Waste Environments: globally significant and growing biogeochemical hotspots
A public lecture by Professor Lesley A. Warren, Director, Lassonde Institute of Mining, University of Toronto and UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


25 February

Sunburnt Country: The History and Future of Climate Change in Australia
A public lecture by Dr Joëlle Gergis, Lecturer, ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, University of Melbourne.


12 March

Let’s Talk About Sex: an evolutionary perspective
A public lecture by Professor Bob Wong, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University and UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


14 March

Law in the Shadow of Empire: Imperial Ideology and Indigenous Agency in the Roman World
A public lecture by Dr Kimberley Czajkowski, Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Edinburgh and UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


25 March

Unorthodox and exciting applications of solar energy
A public lecture by Professor Jeffrey Gordon, Department of Solar Energy & Environmental Physics, Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and 2019 UWA Robert and Maude Gledden Senior Visiting Fellow.


27 March
MindTrails: Using technology to change anxious thinking in the real world

A public lecture by Professor Bethany Teachman Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia and UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.