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.
Attending an IAS Event

The Institute of Advanced Studies asks you to book your (free) seats to our talks online - this helps us to better plan our events. We do not require you to bring a printed ticket along with you to our events, as your registration simply allows us to manage audience numbers. For a variety of reasons, not everyone who registers for tickets will attend their nominated event. To get as close to a full house as possible, we allocate more tickets than there are seats. Our aim is to get the balance right, to make seats available to all who wish to attend a given event, while ensuring everyone has access to a seat. Unfortunately, on very rare occasions, we have to disappoint people. Admission to our talks is on a first come, first served basis, so we encourage you to arrive in good time for the start of our talks. Information about parking at UWA and transport can be viewed at http://www.transport.uwa.edu.au.

Public Talks in 2019

22 August
Women, Inequality and the Butterfly Effect
The 2019 Grace Vaughan Memorial Lecture by Antoinette Kennedy AO


26 August
Why "home" matters the most for people on the move
A public lecture by Paolo Boccagni, Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Trento, Italy and 2019 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


27 August
Constructing the Baroque: women artisans on building sites in the seventeenth-century Vatican and Rome
A public lecture by Professor Nicoletta Marconi, University of Roma Tor Vergata and 2019 Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


28 August

Critical Care. Architecture and Urbanism for a Broken Planet
A public lecture by Elke Krasny, Professor for Art and Education, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.


3 September

The Art of Healing
The 2019 Robin Winkler Lecture by Helen Milroy, Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Western Australia.


5 September
Neural Machine Translation and the Translation Professions
A public lecture by Anthony Pym, Translation Studies (Intercultural Studies), The University of Melbourne.

12 September
Using the Land-Ocean Transition to Understand Past Coastal Landscapes

A public lecture by Mark Bateman, Director Sheffield Luminescence Dating Laboratory, University of Sheffield and Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

16 October
Margaret Cavendish’s, Life of Newcastle (1667), a Wifely Intervention in the Making of History
A public lecture by Dr Diana Barnes, Lecturer in English Literary Studies, University of New England and 2019 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

30 October
Struggles with Scale, Strategy, and Stewardship: fifty years of environmental activism

A public lecture by Graeme Wynn FRSC, Emeritus Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia and 2019 Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

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