Institute of Advanced Studies

Public lectures


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Many of our public lectures are recorded. If you've missed one of our recent lectures, you can access recordings via our previous lectures pages.

The Institute of Advanced Studies hosts a selection of public lectures by prominent local, national and international speakers.

Public Lectures in 2015

Date Lecture Speaker
14 July 6pm  The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically A conversation with Peter Singer, philosopher and author
23 July 6pm Species Richness on our Nutrient-Impoverished Soils - Help for Perth Gardeners - The 2015 George Seddon Lecture Hans Lambers, School of Plant Biology, The University of Western Australia
27 July 6pm Systems Theory in Power Electronics: Methods, Applications and Case Studies Michael Tse, Chair, Electronic Engineering at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and 2015 IAS Distinguished Visiting Fellow
3 Aug 6pm Implications of Telomere Maintenance in Aging-Related Processes and Diseases - The 2015 Ian Constable Lecture Elizabeth H. Blackburn, the Morris Herzstein Professor in Biology and Physiology, University of California, San Francisco
5 Aug 4pm The Two Things We Can Do with Computers, or The Big Picture A Digital Humanities Lecture Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing, King’s College London
5 Aug 6pm How to win a fight about the budget: How economic modelling is used to circumvent democracy and shut down debate - An On the Edge Lecture Richard Denniss, Executive Director, The Australia Institute
6 Aug  6pm  Photonic integrated circuits for the new information age: Faster, smaller and smarter - 2015 International Year of Light Lecture Benjamin J. Eggleton, Director, ARC Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) 
10 Aug 6pm Nanotechnology: Do We Live in Richard Feynman’s Science Fiction? Axel Lorke, Chair, Faculty of Physics and CENIDE, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany and 2015 UWA Gledden Visiting Fellow
11 Aug 6pm  Ageing and Wellness  Kaisu Pitkälä, Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care University of Helsinki and Chief Physician, Helsinki University Central Hospital 
13 Aug 6pm  Pacific Solutions? Contexts, consequences, and legacies of Asian migration and deportation in the USA and Australia Ethan Blue, History, The University of Western Australia; Klaus Neumann, Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology; Elliott Young, History Department, Lewis and Clark College
17 Aug 6pm  Hell Sounds, Birdsongs and Zeppelins: Emotions, Memory and the Soundscape of the Great War  Joy Damousi, Professor of History and ARC Laureate Fellow, University of Melbourne and 2015 Fred Alexander Fellow
19 Aug 6pm Uranium: Critical to a Clean Energy Future Vanessa Guthrie, Managing Director/CEO of Toro Energy Limited and 2015 ATSE Eminent Speaker
20 Aug 6pm Agricultural changes in the Argentinean Pampas Gustavo Striker, Assistant Professor, University of Buenos Aires
24 Aug 6pm Science in Western Australia Peter Klinken, Chief Scientist of Western Australia
7 Sep 6pm A Good Night’s Sleep: Sleep disorders and the shape of your face - A UWA Research Week Event Peter Eastwood, Centre for Sleep Science, and Ajmal Mian, Machine Intelligence Group, UWA
10 Sep  6pm  Coastal Science: Reflections on the past and present and ideas for the future  Bruce Thom AM FTSE FIAG,  Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Science, University of Sydney 
24 Sep 6pm What Colour Are Your Eyes? David Mackey, Managing Director of the Lions Eye Institute and Director, Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at UWA 
12 Oct  6pm The Future of Autism Research in Western Australia  Andrew Whitehouse, Head, Developmental Disorders Research Group, Telethon Kids Institute