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Sydney Ideas recommends

Our top picks around the University
Thought-provoking talks and seminars are regularly held across the University beyond the Sydney Ideas program. Here are some of our recommendations.

Coming up

Mobilising Buddhist nationalists

  • Monday 16 March
  • Is ‘Buddhism under threat’ in Thailand? Assistant Professor Janjira Sombatpoonsiri, Chulalongkorn University heads this thought-provoking discussion of Buddhist radicalism in Thailand. Register now

Australia on fire: how to move beyond hysteria and embrace collective change

  • Wednesday 18 March
  • David Ritter, Greenpeace Australia Pacific CEO, sits down with a diverse collection of panellists ranging from community to industry to politics to academics, to discuss the urgent need to act, and to act now. Register now

The ethics of data science conference 2020

  • 25 – 27 March
  • Join world-renowned experts from multiple disciplines to discuss the use and misuse of our data. Book now

Observations on the climate emergency: what is to be done?

  • Thursday 26 March
  • Join an expert planel to explore the consequences of the climate emergency in reference to the recent Australian bushfires and the need for climate action. Register now

New Humans, New Novels: Japanese Literature from the 1980s and 1990s

  • Friday 27 March
  • Hedonism. Boredom. Emptiness. Hope. This talk explores Japanese books in translation from the 1980s-90s, covering authors including Haruki Murakami. Free, no booking required.

Raising the Bar: The Sydney Light Rail Edition 

Building a University Innovation Ecosystem

  • Wednesday 1 April
  • Professor Andrew Nelson, Randall C. Papé Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Associate Professor of Management, shares reflections and lessons from his work in leading the University of Oregon’s innovation ecosystem-building process. Register now

Female Authors Shine: Japanese Literature from 2000 to Today

  • Friday 3 April
  • Fertility. Futility. Entrapment. Rebellion. Discover some of the most prominent writers, books and themes making waves in Japan's literary scene today. Free, no booking required.

SMRI Public Lecture: Light, sound and the magic of the Fourier transform

  • Thursday 30 April
  • How do our eyes perceive colour? How do our ears tell the
    difference between the sound of a friend talking and that of a passing car? Professor Geordie Williamson will discuss these questions and more. RSVP to

Politics in Action 2020: Updates from Southeast Asia

  • Friday 8 May
  • Invited experts will provide an analysis of the current political situation in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Vietnam, and discuss the broader implications of events in these countries for our region. Register here