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 2014

Date Lecture Speaker
8 Jul 6pm Advancing Cross-Cultural Understanding through Experimental Literary Translation Congrong Dai, Fudan University, Shanghai and Chinese translator of Finnegans Wake
24 Jul 6pm Afghan Culture in an Era of Globalisation - Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures Series William Maley, AM FASSA, Professor and Director, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, Australian National University
28 Jul 6pm Making marine protected areas more effective: resilience through diversity Peter Jones, Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, University College London
4 Aug 6pm Living and working underwater: The Aquarius Reef Base underwater laboratory and residence James W. Fourqurean, Director, Marine Education and Research Initiative at Florida International University and 2014 Institute of Advanced Studies Professor-at-Large
5 Aug  6.30pm Water for Society - The 2014 Seddon Lecture Anas Ghadouani, Professor of Environmental Engineering at The University of Western Australia
6 Aug 6pm “for Harry, England, and” ... everyone: the many lives of the Bodleian First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays Pip Willcox, Curator of Digital Special Collections at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
7 Aug 6pm Listening to Images, Hearing the Text: New Music that Engages the Visual and the Literary Martin Bresnick Professor of Composition, Yale School of Music
9 Aug 2pm Hazara Exodus/The Unseen Road to Asylum - Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures Series Barat Ali Batoor, Photographer
12 Aug 6pm The Wonders and Challenges of the Great African Lakes Sergei Katsev, Associate Professor Large Lakes Observatory and Department of Physics, University of Minnesota Duluth
13 Aug 6pm Keeping Australia prosperous - The 2014 ATSE Lecture Rob Hough, Australian Resources Research Centre, CSIRO
20 Aug 6pm What happens now that Australia has 'stopped the boats'? An 'On the Edge' Lecture  Paul Power, Chief Executive Officer of the Refugee Council of Australia
24 Aug 1pm Live Like an Afghan - Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures Series Fred Smith, singer/songwriter/diplomat 
25 Aug 6pm What is X-ray Crystallography and How Did It Transform Our View of the World? Stephen Curry, Professor of Structural Biology, Imperial College London
27 Aug 6pm Leadership and the six degrees of separation - researching inclusive leadership Dawn Freshwater, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, The University of Western Australia
3 Sep 6pm Together/Apart: intimacy and autonomy in contemporary personal life Sasha Roseneil, Professor of Sociology and Social Theory & Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, University of London
10 Sep 6pm The looting and trafficking of cultural property in Africa; why we should care and what we can do about it An 'On the Edge' Lecture  Benjamin W. Smith is the Winthrop Professor of World Rock Art at The University of Western Australia
17 Sep 6pm Molecules in Crystals Mark Spackman, Winthrop Professor and Head, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Western Australia
1 Oct  6pm Disaster preparedness and response in remote, disaster-prone, ethnic minority-based communities in China Emily Chan, Director, Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response
7 Oct 6pm Conservation and Restoration in the Anthropocene Tim Seastedt, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Fellow, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado
9 Oct 6pm A New Frontier: understanding epigenetics through mathematics Terry Speed, Professor of Bioinformatics, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
13 Oct 6pm The Impact of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident in the Ocean Pere Masqué, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and 2014 UWA Gledden Visiting Fellow
15 Oct 6pm  Crystallography in Biology Alice Vrielink, Professor of Structural Biology, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Western Australia
23 Oct 6pm Afghanistan – Axis of World History - Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures Series Alison Betts, Professor of Silk Road Studies at the University of Sydney
30 Oct 6pm Defining Humanity: Photography, humanitarianism and empire Jane Lydon, Inaugural Wesfarmers Chair in Australian History, The University of Western Australia
4 Nov 6pm WA on the threshold - new understanding, new discoveries and new opportunities with the SKA Peter Quinn, Director of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)