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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.

Coming up

Opening A New Eye to Ancient Light: The Optical Advances of the James Webb Space Telescope

  • Tuesday 26 September, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (AEST) | Free and in-person
  • Dr Marshall Perrin will describe the key optical technologies developed to enable JWST, including advances in ultralightweight mirrors, precise wavefront sensing and control, and super-stable large cryogenic structures. Register

Festival of 'Contested' Urbanism 2023

  • September – October | Free, various locations
  • In its 10th year, the Festival of Urbanism goes national with events across Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Perth, Canberra and Lismore. This year's Festival will tackle a range of conversations from housing density and environmental heritage, to loss of public housing, infrastructure reform agendas and more. Explore the program

Preparing for the unpredictable: communities reducing disaster risk

  • Wednesday 4 October 5.30 PM - 6.30 PM | Online (Zoom)
  • How do Australian communities spontaneously mobilise during climate-driven disasters? Join us as experts share new research findings on the actions taken by flood- and fire-impacted communities in New South Wales. Register

Talanoa Forum: Moana Rising

  • Tuesday-Thursday 10-12 October 10 AM - 5 PM | Powerhouse Ultimo
  • Artists, curators, scholars, activists, and policymakers highlight small island ecologies, climate justice, decolonial museology, and diasporic and Pacific alliances. Register

Podcasts from around the University

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In April 2023 the University of Sydney and the City of Sydney teamed up to inject knowledge into people's night out for Raising the Bar Sydney. The event featured a wide range of topics from robotics and climate tech to cyber security and next-gen bio tech, catering to everyone's interests.

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.

Be inspired by stories of community resilience and transformation in the face of the climate crisis. Reimagined Futures is a seven-part podcast series produced by the Sydney Environment Institute (based at the University of Sydney), the Social Entrepreneurship Association (Auroville), and the India and Bharat Together Foundation (New Delhi).

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.