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From community responses to the devastating NSW floods to the new technologies driving our energy transition, engage with current events and our latest research through our public talks and seminars, available on demand.

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
    fossilised shell

    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.
  • 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
    mother and daughter looking at windmills in the distance

    Open Day 2023

    Learn about the Sydney Environment Institute's world-leading multidisciplinary environmental research at Open Day.
  • 19/09/2023
    pastoral landscape with a river

    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
    close-up of a bee on a bottlebrush

    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?