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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

Public Forum: Parkinson's and Related Research

  • Friday 3 February, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm | Free, in-person and online
  • Learn more about the cutting-edge work being conducted at the Brain and Mind Centre to predict, diagnose and treat Parkinson's and related diseases. Register


  • 15 Feb – 4 Mar | Tickets from $39
  • Seymour Centre, in association with Sydney WorldPride, presents CAMP, a new Australian play that charts the struggles, successes, and legacy of early Pride activists to achieve social reform in Australia. Book >

Digital Health Week 2023

  • Tuesday 7 to Thursday 9 February, 2023
  • Digital Health Week is an opportunity for anyone interested in digital health to participate in a program of virtual events and share research and ideas. Visit the #DigitalHealthWeek23 website to learn more about this year’s theme "Hope not hype". Register

Watch on-demand

The First Astronomers: 2022 Arthur and Hilda Winch Annual Lecture

Associate Professor of Cultural Astronomy Duane Hamacher gives the keynote address in Pre-Colonial Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture. The panel discussion features Professor Hamacher, Uncle Jimmy Smith, a cultural educator and Wiradjuri Koori with Gadigal bloodlines, and Associate Professor Helen Johnston from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Science.

Podcasts from around the University

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.