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.

Listen to past talks

Public Talks in 2018

21 November

Happily Single? It May Depend on Where You Live: how families shape single women’s well-being in three East Asian cities
A public lecture by Lynne Nakano, Professor, Japanese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

This lecture is presented by the IAS, the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions and the Forrest Foundation.


26 November

Mountain Belts: giants with hot-soft but vibrant hearts

A public lecture by Olivier Vanderhaeghe, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse 3 and Adjunct Director of the Géosciences Environnement Toulouse (GET) laboratory.


28 November

Structural and Functional Imaging of Tissues with Optical Coherence Tomography/Elastography
A public lecture by Kirill V. Larin, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Houston

This talk is part of the 2018 Light Talks series, "Living with and without Light", presented by UWA Optical Society (OSA) student chapter and the Institute of Advanced Studies.


4 December

Bob Brown & Paul Thomas on Green Nomads, Wild Places
This talk is presented by the City of Perth Library, Boffins Books and the Institute of Advanced Studies.
Cost: $15 (Bookings are made via the Boffins Books website)


11 December

Photons & Gravitational Waves
You are invited to join us at UWA’s Octagon Theatre for a free double bill event featuring two outstanding physics communicators addressing two of the deepest questions of physics. Professor Markus Aspelmeyer, Professor of Physics at the University of Vienna will address the question, “What is a Photon?” while Professor Rainer Weiss, Nobel Laureate, inventor of gravitational wave detectors, and discoverer of gravitational waves, will tell the story of the century quest to detect Einstein’s elusive waves.

This is a family friendly event also suitable for high school students.


14 December
The Promise of Quantum Computing (and how we’re going to get there!)
A public lecture by Jeremy O’Brien, Co-founder and CEO, PsiQuantum and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.