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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.

Events around campus

Coming up...October

In conversation with Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, Governor of NSW

5 October 2022, 6-7pm, followed by a cocktail reception

Her Excellency the Honorable Margaret Beazley AC KC will reflect on her Law School experience, and a successful career at the Bar and as a judge of both the Federal Court of Australia and the NSW Court of Appeal, during which time she served as a role model for women in law at both the State and national level.  She will also discuss her current role as Governor of New South Wales and share her thoughts and advice for the next generations of lawyers..

Happy as a pig? Understanding the welfare needs of farmed pigs

6 October 2022 - 3:00pm – 4:30pm (AEDT) | Free and online

The 12th Annual Robert Dixon Memorial Animal Welfare Symposium brings together a panel of experts with a wealth of experience of sustainable pig farming, animal welfare science, certification programs, ethics, policy and advocacy, to discuss the challenges of improving pig welfare.

Emerging Voices

13 October 2022 - 6:00pm –7:00pm (AEDT) | Free and online

The Youth Mental Health and Technology research team at The University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre has established a Youth Lived Experience Working Group (LEWG). Join this webinar learn more about genuine lived experience inclusion in youth mental health research from the perspectives of eight diverse young people.

The Australian Boat Race 2022

16 October 2022 - 7:30am - 1:00pm

The Australian Boat Race returns to Sydney waters after two long years of Covid-related cancellations.  In a longstanging rivalry between the two oldest universities in Australia - the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne - the respective crews are set to go head-to-head again in a race at Sydney's iconic Darling Harbour. 

Renewing worlds together: notes from the beach

17 October 2022 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Riding connective currents of image, sound, and WiFi, long-time collaborators Paul G Wunungmurra and Jennifer Deger will reflect on beaches as increasingly complex zones of love and concern.

Anatomy of a Suicide

6 -29  October 2022 | tickets $40 - $54

The latest show in the Seymour Centre's 2022 Season, Anatomy of a Suicide is a clear-eyed, compelling exploration of motherhood, mental health, and female pain, from rising-star UK writer, Alice Birch. A sensation at The Old Fitz Theatre in 2019 and nominated for four Sydney Theatre Awards, this spellbinding production returns in 2022 for a powerful, unflinching look at how one family struggles to live alongside the impact of pain passed from one generation to another. 

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.