Skip to main content
Audience at Sydney Ideas event

Sydney Ideas recommends

Our top picks around the University

Thought-provoking talks and ideas regularly take place across the University, beyond the Sydney Ideas program. Here are some of our recommendations.

Events around campus

Coming up

Before the meeting

  • 19 May – 11 June | Tickets from $33
  • Seymour Centre presents the Australian premiere of an extraordinary drama about ordinary lives, set during a series of AA meetings in small-town America; from acclaimed playwright Adam Bock. Book

The battle for a future: farming and extraction

  • Wednesday 25 May, 5pm | Free and online
  • Professor Susan Park with farmer Tabitha Karp, gas expert Dr Madeline Taylor, and agriculture expert Dr Rebecca Cross, to discuss how Australia can ensure its agricultural future through regenerative farming and transitioning away from harmful coal seam gas extraction. Register

Food Safety and Security: Australia and Beyond

  • Thursday 16 June | Free and in-person
  • The 2022 RD Watt Lecture commemorates progress in food safety and food security to which the University of Sydney has contributed for more than a century. We have four wonderful speakers – all University of Sydney graduates – who cover a range of agri-food research and agribusiness experiences and perspectives. Register


Podcasts from around the University

From arts and culture to space, technology and the environment, the Sydney Ideas podcast has you covered with talks and conversations featuring leading thinkers from Australia and around the world. 

City Road Podcast is informed stories about cities and urban life. From the researchers in the Urban Housing Lab and Smart Urbanism Lab at The University of Sydney.

In Minding your Mind, mental health expert Prof Ian Hickie and author & broadcaster James O’Loghlin explore all aspects of mental health; the different types of mental health issues we can experience, their causes, how they affect us, and what we can do to get help and find solutions

Object Matters is the Chau Chak Wing Museum's regular podcast series hosted by Dr Craig Barker. Join Dr Craig Barker as he and a guest discuss one item in detail from the Museum's collections of art, archaeology, natural history, science and culture.

The Road To Find Out is a student-run podcast where academics from the University of Sydney chat about their remarkable personal journeys and ground-breaking research. Hosts Carla Field and Harry Peters sit down to talk about everything and anything - whether that be Greek philosophy, street libraries or educational disadvantage. 

Dr Karl’s a curious optimist – a great combination for a science lover. Join him and his guests on Shirtloads of Science for weird facts, amazing conversation and remember, it’s never too late for a happy childhood.

Sydney Business Insights (SBI) aims to further informed research and critical thinking on major issues and trends as it impacts on the future of business. SBI talks with leading and innovative thinkers in research, industry, government and community.

The Unlearn Project is about changing common sense. The way the world works has changed. Things you thought you knew like automation will make our work easier, music is something to listen to, large companies can’t innovate, or data is the new oil are no longer true. Hosts Sandra Peter and Kai Riemer set out to unlearn old wisdoms and discover new ones.