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.

Public Talks in 2019

22 October

The Last Indigenous People of Europe, but for how long?
A public lecture by Steven G.M. Schilizzi, Professor of Environmental and Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Science, UWA


23 October
Taking the pulse of Italy today: a creative presence in Europe and in Australia
A public lecture by H.E. Francesca Tardioli, Ambassador of Italy in Australia 

This lecture is part of the 2019 lecture series that celebrates the 90th Anniversary of Italian Studies at UWA


23 October

The Power of Earth: the 2015 Gorkha (Nepal) earthquake and case studies
A public lecture by Dr Lijun Deng, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta and and 2019 UWA Robert and Maude Gledden Senior Visiting Fellow.


24 October
Glaucoma: what’s on the horizon?
The Lions Eye Institute and the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies present the 2019 Ian Constable Lecture - by Professor Keith Martin, Managing Director, Centre for Eye Research Australia.


29 October

The Challenges of Archaeological Research and Cultural Heritage Management in a Developing Country
A public lecture by Mylene Lising, Cultural Deputy Officer, National Museum of the Philippines; Lecturer, Sociology and Anthropology, Ateneo de Manila University and 2019 Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


30 October
Struggles with Scale, Strategy, and Stewardship: fifty years of environmental activism

A public lecture by Graeme Wynn FRSC, Emeritus Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia and 2019 Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

30 October
Porn Down Under: The Politics of Consumption, Pleasure and Regulation
A special panel discussion with A/Professor Paul Maginn, UWA and 2019 Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellows Professor Alan McKee, Associate Dean (Research and Development), University of Technology Sydney and Dr Zahra Stardust, Law, University of New South Wales.


31 October

Experiences of migrant women in contemporary Taiwan
A public lecture by Shan-Hui (Tiffany) Hsu and Yow-Jiun Wang, National Cheng Kung University, 2019 Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellows.


31 October

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519): enigma and genius
A public lecture by Costantino D’Orazio, Art historian and writer, Rome

This lecture is part of the 2019 lecture series that celebrates the 90th Anniversary of Italian Studies at UWA


4 November
Physics in the Fight against Cancer
A public lecture by Professor Thomas Bortfeld, Medical Physicist, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.


5 November
Surgical robots – What they can and can’t do, what are they for, and the future.
A public lecture by Kiyoyuki Chinzei Deputy Director of Health Research, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba, Japan and 2019 UWA Robert and Maude Gledden Senior Visiting Fellow.


9 November
Declaration of Climate Emergency, Australia? The 2019 Manning Clark House Day of Ideas
Presented by Holmes à Court Gallery @ No.10 in association with the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies
12 November
Leading the Rebellious with Empathy: a new paradigm for (STEM) education
A public lecture by Dr Johannes Strobel, Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri and 2019 Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


13 November
Artistic Diaspora: An exploration of the Italian cultural legacy in WA

This lecture is part of the 2019 lecture series that celebrates the 90th Anniversary of Italian Studies at UWA


21 November
Engineering Empathy
A public lecture by Professor Philip Gerrans, Professor of Philosophy, University of Adelaide and 2019 Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


26 November
Technology and the Future of Work: an international perspective in the shadow of the competition for talent
A public lecture by Gordon L Clark, Professorial Fellow, University of Oxford; Sir Lewis Matheson Distinguished Visiting Professor, Department of Banking and Finance, Monash University and 2019 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


27 November
Re-presenting Islam and Muslims Post 9/11: Images, Words and Refusals

A public lecture by Zulfikar Hirji, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, York University, Toronto.
28 November
The Unseen Archive of Idi Amin
A public lecture by Richard Vokes, Associate Professor in Anthropology, The University of Western Australia.


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