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


24 September
Inactivity, Exercise and Cardiovascular System
Special Guest Lectures and Panel Discussion presented by the UWA School of Human Sciences (Exercise and Sport Science).

24 September

Intellectual Tapas - Research Tasting Night


25 September
Gas Stations in Space

A public lecture by Dr William Notardonato, Principal Investigator, Kennedy Space Centre Exploration Research and Technology Programs, NASA, and Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


2 October
An African-American feminist visits Perth in 1960: who she met, what she saw, what she said, and what she wore.

Keynote Address of the annual Australian Women's History Network symposium 'The Female Frame: Biopolitics and Wellbeing in Australian and Global Perspective’ by Emerita Professor Ann Curthoys, chaired by Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History, Professor Jane Lydon

3 October
Pandemics and their Control in the Modern World

A public lecture by Sir Roy Anderson, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Imperial College London and Director, London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research.


16 October
Margaret Cavendish’s Life of Newcastle (1667), a Wifely Intervention in the Making of History
A public lecture by Dr Diana Barnes, Lecturer in English Literary Studies, University of New England and 2019 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

16 October
Staying in touch across distance: 100 years of Italian-Australian migration
A public lecture by Professor Loretta Baldassar, Anthropology and Sociology, UWA

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


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.


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, UTS and Dr Zahra Stardust, UNSW.


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 critic and writer, Rome

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


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.

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