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.

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 2023

Saltwater Song Lines and the Deep History of Sea Country
The 2023 George Seddon Memorial Lecture by Mick O'Leary, School of Earth Sciences, The University of Western Australia

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing, Self-Determination, and The Voice referendum
The 2023 Robin Winkler Lecture by Professor Patricia Dudgeon, School of Indigenous Studies, UWA.

Towards Gender Equality in Education: The image of maths and science and students' career aspirations in STEM.
A public talk by Professor Elena Makarova, University of Basel, Institute for Educational Sciences and UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

Are we listening to the urgent call of humanity? As scientists? As citizens?
A public talk by Professor Prajval Shastri, ICRAR Visiting Fellow

Lectures held in 2022

Dirt-poor soils, pesky parasites and friendly fungi shape plant diversity in south-western Australia
The George Seddon Memorial Lecture by Professor Hans Lambers FAA FRNAS, UWA School of Biological Sciences

Climate Anxiety in Young People: Curse or Cure?
The Robin Winkler Lecture by Carmen Lawrence, Professor Emerita, UWA School of Psychological Science.

Lectures held in 2021