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Sydney Ideas

Sydney Ideas is the University of Sydney's public talks program. We believe in the value of ideas that make a difference and have been bringing leading thinkers from around the world to Sydney since 2006.

Latest talks and ideas


Heart of darkness

Podcast recorded on 2 Dec

The 2020 Nobel Prize awarded research into black holes, thinking about the unthinkable, and seeing the unseeable. But just what did these extraordinary scientists do? Two of our leading astrophysicists help shed some light on this.

Charging ahead with clean energy

Podcast recorded on 30 Oct

The science and economics tells us sustainable energy alternatives make sense. So, what’s the missing link in the path to a clean and prosperous future? Hear from leading scientists, a City of Sydney Councillor and the NSW Minister for Energy and Environment.

Vision for the future

Podcast recorded on 28 Oct

A panel of individuals with lived experience of blindness or low vision discuss employment opportunities; new ways of working amid disruption; and how organisations can adapt to support and develop people with disability to thrive in the workforce.

Bruce Pascoe: Perennial Soil

Podcast recorded on 19 Oct

The detail and grace in Pascoe's research and writing has unlocked important conversations and reawakened knowledge, especially around care for Country. In this talk, the 'Dark Emu' author reflects on sustainable farming and practices.