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.

Public Talks in 2018


13 February
How Remembering Causes Forgetting
A public lecture by Amy H. Criss, Head of Discipline, Psychology, Syracuse University and 2018 Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow
19 February

Maintaining a Healthy Heart: the Benefits of Exercise for Women 
Cardiovascular Disease in Women: the Benefits of Exercise - Professor Maria T.E. Hopman, Professor of Physiology, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen
Exercise for the Management of the Menopause - Professor Helen Jones, Cardiovascular Exercise Physiologist, Liverpool John Moores University

20 February

Exercise and your Heart: Risks and Benefits
Exercise and the Heart: Can you Overdose? - Professor Keith George, Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship and Knowledge Transfer (Faculty of Science) Liverpool John Moores University
Screening Athletes to Avoid Sudden Cardiac Death - Dr David Oxborough, Clinical Cardiac Physiologist and Reader in Cardiovascular Physiology, Liverpool John Moores University

20 February
Christine Milne and Fiona Stanley discuss An Activist Life
This event is presented by the Institute of Advanced Studies, Boffins Bookshop and the Greens WA.
20 February
Personality, Values, Culture, Evolution – why are we similar and yet so different?
A public lecture by Ronald Fischer, Professor in Psychology and Co-Director, Center for Applied Cross-Cultural Research, Victoria University of Wellington and 2018 Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow
22 February
‘The Unexpected Horrible Side Effect of this Law’: the criminalization of inter-racial sex and white male suicide in South Africa, 1950-1985.
A public lecture by Susanne M. Klausen, Professor of History, Carleton University in Ottawa, Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg and 2018 Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


14 March

Women, Art and Violence in Seventeenth-Century Italian Art
A public lecture by Dr Susanne Meurer, School of Design, The University of Western Australia

This lecture is part of a lecture series: A Window on Italy – The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence

15 March

Coral Reefs in a Changing World
A public lecture by Professor Malcolm McCulloch, UWA Oceans Institute, ARC Laureate Fellow and Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.

20 March
Knowing Autism
A public lecture by Liz Pellicano, Professor of Educational Studies, Macquarie University

26 March

Encountering: The Conceptual Body, or a Theory of When, Where, and How Art “Means”
A public lecture by Amelia Jones, the Robert A. Day Professor, Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California.


11 April
Moment of Truth: History and Australia’s Future
A public lecture by Mark McKenna, Research Fellow, History, University of Sydney.