IAS public lectures aim to attract and stimulate lively discussion.

Lectures, often tied to a longer visit to UWA by a distinguished visitor, are part of the University?s long-standing goal to share the research activity at UWA with the community at large. The Institute also sponsors a number of named, endowed or memorial lectures each year with both internal and external partners. In 2015 we hosted a number of thought provoking talks on a variety of subject matters. Many of our talks were recorded and the audio file and slides can be viewed by selecting one of the links below.

Lectures held in 2015

UWA 2015 Research Tasting Night – An Intellectual Tapas

Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices

The Institute of Advanced Studies and the Art Gallery of Western Australia were pleased to co-sponsor a special lecture series in conjunction with the Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices exhibition. There were three lectures in the series.

View from the Shore: the cultural impact of globalization on Indonesia during the Age of Spices

Speaker: James Bennett, Art Gallery of South Australia and co-curator of Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices.

Shipwrecks of the Roaring Forties

Speaker: Corioli Souter, Curator, Department of Maritime Archaeology, Western Australian Museum and Adjunct Lecturer in Archaeology, The University of Western Australia. 

The Spice of Faith: Jesuits and the Arts and Emotions of ‘Accommodation’

Speaker: Yasmin Haskell, Cassamarca Foundation Chair of Latin Humanism, The University of Western Australia. 

UWA Research Week Events 

A Good Night’s Sleep: sleep disorders and the shape of your face 

Speakers: Peter Eastwood, Centre for Sleep Science, and Ajmal Mian, Machine Intelligence Group, UWA

The Joseph Gentilli Memorial Lecture Coastal Science: Reflections on the past and present and ideas for the future

Speaker: Bruce Thom AM FTSE FIAG, Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Science, University of Sydney. 

On the Edge Lecture Series

This series was established in 2014 and is co-sponsored with the UWA Centre for the Study of Social Change. The series offered lectures, forums and debates on a variety of provocative topics, designed to encourage discussion and debate.

Living on the Edge: Suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

Speaker: Pat Dudgeon, School of Indigenous Studies, The University of Western Australia and Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project

How to win a fight about the budget: How economic modelling is used to circumvent democracy and shut down debate

Speaker: Richard Denniss, Chief Economist, The Australia Institute  

LightTALKS Series

The LightTALKS lecture series featured scientists and artists talking about optics. It was organised to celebrate the 2015 International Year of Light. The IYL2015 is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health. The 2015 International Year of Light Series at UWA was co-sponsored by the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies, Lions Eye Institute, The Optical Society and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. 

Photonic integrated circuits for the new information age: Faster, smaller and smarter

Speaker: Benjamin J. Eggleton, Director, ARC Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS).

What Colour Are Your Eyes? 

Speaker: David Mackey, Managing Director of the Lions Eye Institute and Director, Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at UWA.

Light Events 

Speaker: Rebecca Baumann, artist.