2023 Events

Public panels, seminars and more

2023 Events

  • 20/03/2023

    The 2023 Iain McCalman Lecture

    How can Australia successfully transition and adapt its interconnected social and technological systems as the climate crisis intensifies? Environmental law and governance expert, Dr Kate Owens, presents the 2023 Iain McCalman Lecture on how we can effectively harness climate governance to achieve deep coordination and sustained change.
  • 04/04/2023

    SEI employment pathways workshop: consulting and private sector

    Hear from consultancy professionals championing environmental and sustainability values as they share their industry career pathways.
  • 06/04/2023

    Reimagining our future: communities confronting the realities of climate change

    Many of us understand the gravity of the climate crisis and what needs to be done, so what’s standing in our way? What will it take for our future to be reimagined to enable all life to flourish? In this panel discussion, hear from researchers and communities from across Australia and India who are taking collective action to create real and sustainable futures.
  • 18/04/2023

    Just adaptation and the role of social capital

    How can we adapt all sectors of society to respond to climate pressures? In the first event of SEI’s Climate Adaptation series, leading political scientist Daniel Aldrich delves into the meaning of climate adaptation and the role of social capital in building resilience.
  • 16/05/2023

    Standing in place: Thinking with plants, corals, macro algae and fungi, and other (mostly) sedentary beings

    How are species adapting to increasing environmental change and how is this transforming concepts of mobility, belonging, and connection to place?
  • 30/05/2023

    Grounded Conversations: Farhana Sultana

    SEI Director Professor David Schlosberg sits down with multidisciplinary scholar Professor Farhana Sultana to discuss a broad range of pressing climate topics from political ecology to nature-society relationships.
  • 06/06/2023

    Capitalism, colonialism and multispecies justice

    How has capitalism and colonialism rendered multispecies injustice business as usual? A panel of experts unpack this issue and consider what alternative structures could support conditions for justice.
  • 15/06/2023

    Unearthing critical minerals: Can Australia mine its way out of the climate crisis?

    A panel of experts and climate activists discuss Australia’s race to mine critical minerals for renewable technology and the consequences of an unregulated approach.
  • 21/06/2023

    Financing adaptation or adapting finance

    A panel of financial experts discuss the rapidly transitioning landscape of climate finance to explore how a variety of public and private financial actors are responding to climate change risks and opportunities, and what role finance can play in adaptation solutions.
  • 27/06/2023
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    Beyond Bios Symposium

    This symposium asked: What happens when we think about worlds beyond the boundaries of dominant scientific frameworks, including biology? Alongside matter, what role do immaterial, sacred, ghostly, or non-secular beings play?
  • 28/06/2023

    Other-wise: Indigenous philosophies and practices of multispecies justice

    Hear from Indigenous scholars and artists as they discuss the potential for multispecies justice to realign politics and practices to protect and let flourish the natural world.
  • 24/07/2023
    Steven Chu addresses an audience at Sydney Knowledge Hub

    Climate change and paths to a sustainable future: Steven Chu

    Professor Steven Chu, Nobel Prize laureate and former US Secretary of Energy during the Obama administration, discussed paths to a sustainable future at this in-person, public talk.
  • 09/08/2023
    Researchers at the University of Sydney Narrabri campus

    Adapting our food systems

    Industrial agriculture is a key contributor to the climate crisis, which threatens the resilience of our food systems. A panel of farmers and researchers explore farming practices that help restore our ecosystems.
  • 10/08/2023
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    Media storytelling mini-series

    Following the very well attended and interesting Environmental storytelling in diverse media workshop organised by the Sydney Environment Institute in 2022, Dr Diana Chester, Associate Professor Damien Ricketson chaired the Media Storytelling mini-series.
  • 22/08/2023
    Surgeon Samriti Sood at work

    Greening healthcare

    Can we save lives and save the planet? Hear how the healthcare sector is changing to be more sustainable.
  • 09/04/2023
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    Open Day 2023

    Learn about the Sydney Environment Institute's world-leading multidisciplinary environmental research at Open Day.
  • 19/09/2023
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    Contested environments: Biodiversity conservation or license to destroy?

    Australia’s environment protection and conservation laws are meant to preserve nature while enabling urban development. But are these laws fit for purpose?
  • 21/09/2023
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    Threads of life: Unravelling biodiversity's complexity across disciplines

    How can we balance the need to halt biodiversity loss against human needs for shelter, fuel, and nutrition? Could a more multidisciplinary approach help?
  • 21/09/2023
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    Critical Minerals Symposium

    How is extractivism for critical minerals being governed? Can critical minerals extractivism for renewable energy to feed into a broader sustainable transformation? This Symposium seeks to identify common themes and sources of contention for how we transition to renewable energy dependent on extracting critical minerals.
  • 28/09/2023
    mother and daughter look out at windmills during sunset

    Achieving a coherent energy transition

    This workshop of researchers, policymakers, and NGO and business representatives will explore ways to transition to renewable energy while enhancing community wellbeing.
  • 10/04/2023

    Preparing for the unpredictable: communities reducing disaster risk

    How do Australian communities spontaneously mobilise during climate-driven disasters? Hear about new research on the actions taken by flood- and fire-impacted communities in NSW.
  • 10/10/2023
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    Talanoa Forum: Moana Rising

    Artists, curators, scholars, activists and policymakers highlight small island ecologies, climate justice, decolonial museology, and diasporic and Pacific alliances.
  • 15/10/2023
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    Living on the Edge: River Country Community Day

    Join us at the National Museum for a day of art, music, performance, storytelling, and conversations exploring Australia’s remarkable river places.
  • 19/10/2023
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    Pathways to employment in academia

    Hear from academics working on climate and environment issues as they share their pathways to a career in academia.
  • 24/10/2023
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    Building power within and beyond the university: ideas and actions for climate researchers

    Join us for a Grounded Conversations event featuring political theorist Alyssa Battistoni, a leading US scholar and voice in progressive climate debates, in a time of escalating and converging crises of capitalism.
  • 31/10/2023
    aerial view of trees by the coast during daytime in Grenada

    The power of multidisciplinary research in addressing UN Sustainable Development Goals

    Researchers discuss the recent United Nations Global Sustainable Development Report and how multidisciplinary research can help achieve a sustainable world.
  • 11/07/2023

    Evironmental Justice Adaptation Workshop

    This workshop will bring together key stakeholders working in government policy development and application at local, state, and national levels to consider to what degree environmental justice is currently present in principle or action in adaptation planning in NSW.
  • 02/12/2023

    For All Earthkind

    A music led public engagement project to align with the UN Climate Summit.