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.
Attending an IAS Event

The Institute of Advanced Studies asks you to book your (free) seats to our talks online - this helps us to better plan our events. We do not require you to bring a printed ticket along with you to our events, as your registration simply allows us to manage audience numbers. For a variety of reasons, not everyone who registers for tickets will attend their nominated event. To get as close to a full house as possible, we allocate more tickets than there are seats. Our aim is to get the balance right, to make seats available to all who wish to attend a given event, while ensuring everyone has access to a seat. Unfortunately, on very rare occasions, we have to disappoint people. Admission to our talks is on a first come, first served basis, so we encourage you to arrive in good time for the start of our talks. Information about parking at UWA and transport can be viewed at http://www.transport.uwa.edu.au.

Public Talks in 2019

18 July
With or Without Body: Feeling, Creating, & Performing Emotion
This public event is part of the Limina 14th Annual Conference HUMANIFESTO: dissecting the human experience. It is supported by Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions and the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies.


22 July
Laparoscopes and Leonardo: unveiling the secrets of art using medical imaging
A public lecture by Professor Adam Gibson, Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, University College London (UCL) and 2019 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies.


23 July
Pulling Back the Big Blue Curtain: big fish and big parks.
A public lecture by Jessica Meeuwig, Professor of Marine Science, The University of Western Australia and 2019 Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering Eminent Speaker.
24 July
Finding Rembrandt in Love and Life
A public lecture by Dr Susan Broomhall, School of Humanities (History), UWA.
31 July
PRISON versus WESTERN AUSTRALIA
A public lecture by Barry Godfrey, Professor of Social Justice, University of Liverpool and Russell Ward Visiting Professor, University of New England and 2019 UWA Fred Alexander Fellow.


31 July
Pyrogeography and Fire Management
A public lecture by David Bowman, Professor of Pyrogeography and Fire Science, School of Natural Sciences,The University of Tasmania.


1 August
No Sense of Place?
The 2019 George Seddon Memorial Lecture by Don Bradshaw, Emeritus Professor, Zoology.

6 August

From evidence to empowerment – translating UWA breastfeeding research into practice
A panel discussion with three of UWA’s leading breastfeeding researchers: Professor Valerie Verhasselt, Larsson-Rosenquist Chair in Human Lactology; Associate Professor Donna Geddes, Chief Investigator of the Hartmann Human Lactation Research Group and Melinda Boss, Senior Research Fellow, School of Allied Health.


7 August
The Stanford Prison Experiment
Join us for a screening of The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015), followed by a discussion with Alex Haslam, Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology and an Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland.

26 August
Why "home" matters the most for people on the move
A public lecture by Paolo Boccagni, Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Trento, Italy and 2019 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

5 September
Neural Machine Translation and the Translation Professions
A public lecture by Anthony Pym, Translation Studies (Intercultural Studies), The University of Melbourne.

12 September
Using the Land-Ocean Transition to Understand Past Coastal Landscapes

A public lecture by Mark Bateman, Director Sheffield Luminescence Dating Laboratory, University of Sheffield and Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

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