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

Many of our lectures are recorded, visit our Past Lectures Page to listen to our stellar line up of local and visiting scholars discussing their research.

2017 Public Lectures


4 JulyUnconscious Bias: What is it and how can we deal with it?Yassmin Abdel-Magied
6 JulyNot just hot water: The science, stories and importance of Perth's ground water resources2017 George Seddon Memorial Lecture by Dr Megan Clark AC
11 JulyA Cosmic Shooting GalleryProfessor Phil Bland, Department of Applied Geology, Curtin University
11 JulyNumerical modelling and imaging in geophysics at different scales: applications to the Pyrenees chain and the subsurface/laboratory scaleDr. Roland Martin, research scientist at CNRS France
13 JulyVascularization dynamics in engineered tissuesProfessor Shulamit Levenberg, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Technion, Haifa, Israel
17 JulyThe use of charismatic carnivores to promote aquatic conservation: River and spotted-necked otters as case studiesProfessor Thomas Serfass, Frostburg State University
18 JulyJane Austen and the Promotion of VirtueNed Curthoys, English and Cultural Studies, UWA
19 JulyHow to age well: creating age-friendly environments to support healthy ageingDr Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing
27 JulyChallenging Justice - Changing Lives2017 Limina Conference lecture by Estelle Blackburn OAM


8 AugustLuther’s Image and the First Media WarDr. Susanne Meurer, School of Design, UWA
29 AugustIn Absentia: The Politics of Cameraless PhotographyProfessor Geoffrey Batchen, Art History, Victoria University
30 AugustMigrating ‘ndrangheta: Cultural bias and cultural differences in the policing of the Calabrian mafia between Italy and AustraliaDr Anna Sergi, Lecturer in Criminology, Department of Sociology, University of Essex, UK


12 SeptemberLuther and the DevilProfessor Jacqueline Van Gent, School of Humanities, UWA


11 OctoberThe 2017 Ian Constable lecture: Genome research produces new anti-malarial drug targetsProfessor Simon Foote - Director of TheJohn Curtin School of Medical Research at The Australian National University
31 OctoberMyth, Memory, and the Making of HistoryDr. Kirk Essary, School of Humanities, UWA