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

18 September

Talking Allowed: The Art of Surveillance
by Dr David Glance, Director of the UWA Centre for Software Practice


18 September

Young people’s mental health - the what, why and how of supporting young people with mental health problems
The 2018 Robin Winkler Memorial Lecture by Debra Rickwood, Professor of Psychology at the University of Canberra.

This lecture is co-hosted by the UWA School of Psychological Science and the Institute of Advanced Studies.


19 September

The Explorer’s Self-discovery: Matthew Flinders’ Correspondence with Mauritian friends during, and after, his imprisonment on Isle de France (1803-1814)
An 'All at Sea' public lecture by Professor Serge Rivière, 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

The 'All at Sea' series is presented by the IAS and UWA Oceans Institute.


27 September

Gillian Triggs on Speaking Up
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)


28 September

Recital with Kate Clark
A recital featuring Kate Clark, leading specialist on Renaissance flute, and UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


1 October

Environmental Humanities Symposium


2 October

Where did language come from?
A public lecture by Michael Corballis, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Auckland


4 October
A Scandalous Empire
The 2018 Fred Alexander Lecture by Kirsten McKenzie, Professor of History, University of Sydney.


6 October

Symposium - So Duchamp
A free public symposium co-hosted by the IAS and the UWA Cultural Precinct


10 October

A day in the life of Sinead – how technology makes all the difference
A public lecture by Sinead Quinn, Occupational Therapist / Assistive Technology Consultant.

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.


11 October

Living Flesh: splendour, sex and sickness on the surface of the skin
A public lecture by Lisa Beaven, Lecturer in Art History, La Trobe University and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

Presented by the IAS, the UWA Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.


12 October

Leigh Sales on Any Ordinary Day
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)


16 October

History and Urban Agriculture: learning from our productive past
A public lecture by Andrea Gaynor, Associate Professor of History at The University of Western Australia.

This talk is presented by the Institute of Advanced Studies and UWA Publishing.


25 October

Creeping Concepts: our expanding ideas of harm and pathology
A public lecture by Nick Haslam, Professor of Psychology, University of Melbourne and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


25 October

Blue Energy: South West WA’s future as a marine renewables hub
An 'All at Sea' public lecture by Professor Christophe Gaudin, Head of Oceans Graduate School and Director Wave Energy Research Centre.

The 'All at Sea' series is presented by the IAS and UWA Oceans Institute.


29 October

The Mobile Museum: botanical exchanges between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Australia
A public lecture by Mark Nesbitt, Curator and Senior Research Leader in economic botany at Kew Gardens.


30 October
Gurrumul
A film screening followed by a panel Q&A with Professor Carmen Lawrence (UWA School of Psychological Science), Professor Dawn Bessarab (UWA Medical School), Professor Patricia Dudgeon (UWA School of Indigenous Studies), and Dr Nicholas Bannan (UWA Conservatorium of Music).

Presented by the IAS and the UWA School of Psychological Science.