Institute of Advanced Studies

Public lectures


Many of our public lectures are recorded. If you've missed one of our recent lectures, you can access recordings via our previous lectures pages.


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

Public Lectures in 2014

Date Lecture Speaker
1 Oct  6pm Disaster preparedness and response in remote, disaster-prone, ethnic minority-based communities in China Emily Chan, Director, Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response
6 Oct 6pm Some public policy challenges of change in our region - The 2014 Reid Oration Stephen Smith Winthrop Professor of International Law at UWA, and former Australian Defence and Foreign Affairs Minister
7 Oct 6pm Conservation and Restoration in the Anthropocene Tim Seastedt, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Fellow, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado
8 Oct 6pm The Antipodes in Literature: European Geographies – Australian Appropriations Klaus Stierstorfer, Professor of English and Chair, British Studies, University of Münster, Germany and 2014 IAS Short-Stay Visiting Fellow
9 Oct 6pm A New Frontier: understanding epigenetics through mathematics Terry Speed, Professor of Bioinformatics, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
13 Oct 6pm The Impact of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident in the Ocean Pere Masqué, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & 2014 UWA Gledden Visiting Fellow
15 Oct 6pm  Crystallography in Biology Alice Vrielink, Professor of Structural Biology, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UWA
20 Oct 6pm How does one explore the deepest laws of nature? Achim Kempf, Professor of Mathematical Physics, University Research Chair, Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Waterloo and a 2014 Institute of Advanced Studies Professor-at-Large
21 Oct 6pm Impacts of enhanced UV-B radiation on the ocean ecosystems Susana Agustí, Professorial Fellow, UWA Oceans Institute, and Research Professor, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA)
23 Oct 6pm Afghanistan – Axis of World History - Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures Series Alison Betts, Professor of Silk Road Studies, University of Sydney
25 Oct 2pm Celebrating Oceans Initiatives 2014  
27 Oct 6.30pm A Future Made Together: New directions in the ethics of autism research Liz Pellicano, Director, Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), Institute of Education, University of London
28 Oct 6pm A decade of developments in tsunami science and warning systems since the 2004 Sumatra event Charitha Pattiaratchi, Winthrop Professor of Coastal Oceanography, UWA
30 Oct 6pm Defining Humanity: Photography, humanitarianism and empire Jane Lydon, Inaugural Wesfarmers Chair in Australian History, UWA
4 Nov 6pm WA on the threshold - new understanding, new discoveries and new opportunities with the SKA Peter Quinn, Director of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)
11 Nov 6pm Was self-government for Western Australia based on a betrayal of Indigenous people? Ann Curthoys, Honorary Professor of History, University of Sydney and 2014 IAS Short-Stay Visiting Fellow