2021 events

Explore talks, conversations and panels featuring AI scholar Dr Kate Crawford, Senior Australian of the Year Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann, chemist Alice Motion and many more leading thinkers from Australia and around the world.


Full program

  • 10/06/2021
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    What COVID forgot

    An expert panel including researchers in public health and bioethics, oral lifespan health, and Dr Brendan Murphy, Secretary of the Department of Health and former Chief Medical Officer, discuss the key issues and groups left unaddressed by Australia's COVID response.

  • 15/06/2021
    Visualisation of the Covid-19 virus

    COVID-19: What we know now

    Over 12 months on, we are still living with COVID-19 globally. What has changed in the last year, and what have we learnt?
  • 06/07/2021

    Kate Crawford: Atlas of AI

    Hear from Kate Crawford, Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney and one of the world's foremost scholars on the social and political implications of artificial intelligence.

  • 21/07/2021

    Pandemic fatigue: young people and mental health

    What does lockdown 2.0 mean for younger people and how does it impact on their mental health?
  • 18/08/2021
    Close up of arm with green COVID-19 vaccination sticker

    The case for vaccination

    Vaccines offer a way out of COVID but its success is not without challenges. How do we overcome the gaps in understanding so that we’re backing the best chance we have in keeping ourselves and the community safe?

  • 26/08/2021
    Pink and yellow balloons, some with smiley faces and some with sad faces

    What is happiness

    A philosopher, an improv comedian, a psychologist and an economist walk into a Sydney Ideas webinar... to discuss happiness. Can we find ways to be happier than we were before, while in the face of ongoing uncertainty and a global pandemic?

  • 09/07/2021
    Kabul in the morning

    Australia’s responsibility to Afghanistan and to its people

    What is Australia doing for refugees from Afghanistan and for those that are already here? Explore this critical discussion with academic experts and community leaders as we focus on what Australia owes to Afghanistan and the world.

  • 23/09/2021

    Body clocks and the science of sleep

    How's your sleep been recently? We unpack the research and provide options on how to practice better sleep hygiene.

  • 13/08/2021

    What will living with COVID look like?

    As Australia looks to reopen, what is it we need to be prepared for? We get the experts to weigh in, bringing the science and politics together to address this multifaceted issue. 

  • 28/10/2021

    For the birds

    The boom in bird watching – or birding – since the pandemic started has been a boon. It's not only a joyful hobby but has also translated to significant citizen science projects.

  • 18/11/2021

    Learning to listen

    Hear from artist, activist, educator and Senior Australian of the Year 2021, Dr Miriam Rose Ungunmerr Baumann AM, and MIT’s Dr Otto Scharmer, in this conversation hosted by Professor Jioji Ravulo from the University of Sydney.

  • 25/11/2021

    Big solutions on the nanoscale

    From capturing water in thin air to unlocking neural codes for cures, hear exciting talks that take you behind the novel applications of nanoscience and nanotechnology.