2023 events

Big ideas from the best minds at the University of Sydney and beyond
Talks and conversations from 2023 Sydney Ideas program. Featuring Ukrainian historian and writer Olesya Khromeychuk, lawyer Noel Pearson, anthropologist Marcia Langton, philosopher Lee Mcintyre, urbanism professor Nicole Gurran and The Daily Aus co-founder Zara Seidler.


Full program

  • 02/02/2023

    Ukraine: the country that surprised the world 

    Hear from acclaimed writer and historian Dr Olesya Khromeychuk, a leading voice on Russia's war against Ukraine.

  • 15/03/2023

    Pacific influence

    How do we meaningfully engage with Pacific peoples and issues across the region? Scholars in geopolitics, security and climate explore in a Talanoa (shared conversation) hosted by Professor Jioji Ravulo.

  • 04/04/2023

    Nanotechnology: scalable solutions for climate action

    Carbon removal, solar power and clean hydrogen – these are just some of the renewable technologies touted as solutions to fossil fuel. How can these different areas of science and technology work together to be part of a shared solution?
  • 22/05/2023
    Noel Pearson addressing an audience at Sydney Ideas in 2023

    Voices on the Voice: Noel Pearson

    A public conversation on Voice to Parliament with lawyer and land rights activist Noel Pearson. Hosted by Professor Jennifer Barrett, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Indigenous (Academic) at the University of Sydney.
  • 13/07/2023
    Rows of laptops with image of brain on screen in a grey monochrome room

    Rise of the machines: how worried should we be about AI?

    If there’s a 10% chance that human-level artificial intelligence (AI) would lead to existential risk or an “extremely negative outcome”, what would you do? We get the experts to weigh in on the development of AI and untangle the deep, complex questions it raises.
  • 27/07/2023

    The loneliness epidemic

    In this talk, epidemiologist and population behavioural scientist Melody Ding takes us through the trends and predictors of loneliness and why it’s a public health issue.
  • 08/03/2023
    Professor Marcia Langton

    Voices on the Voice: Marcia Langton

    Hear from prominent anthropologist and geographer Professor Marcia Langton, on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament in the next 'Voices on the Voice' event.
  • 08/04/2023

    Unlocking the housing crisis

    Could a cap on excessive wealth and asset ownership hold the key to addressing the housing crisis in Australia?
  • 22/08/2023
    surgeon Samriti Sood at work

    Greening healthcare

    Can we save lives and save the planet? Hear how the healthcare sector is changing to be more sustainable.
  • 21/09/2023

    Breaking down disinformation

    Against the facts and evidence, why do we believe the things we do, from conspiracy theories to science denialism? Get a handle on post-truth politics with philosopher Lee McIntyre, digital platforms researcher Joanne Gray and cognitive scientist Micah Goldwater.
  • 21/09/2023

    Zara Seidler in-conversation with Phoebe Saintilan

    Hear from two pioneering University of Sydney alumni changing the game in news and media: Zara Seidler, co-founder of Australia's fastest growing social-first news service, The Daily Aus; and Phoebe Saintilan, founder of new media technology company Missing Perspectives.
  • 01/11/2023

    What art ought to be

    Yorta Yorta woman, composer and soprano Deborah Cheetham Fraillon was joined by some of the country’s most creative minds for an expansive conversation that reflects on the role of the arts in a post-referendum Australia.
  • 22/11/2023
    Gender equity in education

    Gender equity

    We advance gender equity by promoting women in leadership and furthering women’s education.


Header image: Audience members at Sydney Ideas public talk, 'Breaking down disinformation'. Photo credit: Nicola Bailey