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

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2022 Events

  • 20/09/2022

    Environmental storytelling in diverse media

    SEI Visiting Fellow and multimedia artist Jennifer Deger invites researchers to experiment with storytelling to communicate their research across different mediums.

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  • 14/09/2022

    Feeling climate (in)justice

    SEI Postdoctoral Fellow Blanche Verlie explores how climate (in)justice is felt, experienced and lived.
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  • 23/08/2022

    SEI research germinator

    Discuss and explore the big challenges and questions that animate multidisciplinary environmental research today in this researcher workshop.
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  • 23/08/2022

    Reimagining environmental responsibility after the State of the Environment report

    In response to the dire findings of the recent State of the Environment Report, this panel will explore the political, economic and ideological constraints that got us here, and the ways forward to ensure meaningful environmental protection.

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  • 11/08/2022

    SEI employment pathways workshop: policy

    Hear from environmental policy professionals in this workshop on career pathways from research into policymaking.
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  • 28/07/2022

    A disorderly transition: what technologies do we need?

    A panel of chemists and social scientists unpack current alternative technologies on the path to decarbonisation and the complex social implications that surround them.
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  • 28/07/2022

    Worlds of gray and green: mineral extraction as ecological practice

    In the second seminar of SEI’s Occasional Talks Series, sociologist and SEI’s 2023 Environmental Humanities Visiting Fellow Sebastián Ureta, explores how the waste produced from mining interacts with human and non-human ecologies.
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  • 22/06/2022

    Redefining who matters: institutionalising multi-species justice

    In a time of environmental crisis and heightened social and political tension, a panel of SEI experts call for institutionalising justice for all species through key areas of innovation such as international laws on ecocide and the expansion of personhood beyond humans.
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  • 15/06/2022

    Renewables and rural Australia

    Join the authors of this major study of the social impact of large-scale renewable energy in rural communities as they launch their ground-breaking report and discuss the local and national policy implications of this research.
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  • 06/07/2022

    Drawing climate

    A multidisciplinary workshop that investigates how visual media creates common disciplinary visions, and the role of images in representing and responding to future climate change scenarios.
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  • 25/05/2022

    The battle for a future: farming and extraction

    The third event of SEI’s Communities on the Frontline Series explores how Australia can ensure its agricultural future through regenerative farming and transitioning away from harmful coal seam gas extraction.
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  • 18/05/2022

    Beloved beasts: fighting for life in an age of extinction

    Join us for the first seminar of the Sydney Environment Institute’s Occasional Talks Series, as acclaimed science writer Michelle Nijhuis unravels the modern conservation movement and the new challenges it faces in the midst of a climate crisis.
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  • 04/05/2022

    DeTox – clean it up!: place-based artistic practice

    The Sydney Environment Institute, in partnership with the Sydney College of the Arts and SSSHARC, invites you to a seminar that explores place-based artistic practice.
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  • 27/04/2022

    The illusion of boundaries and the gift of multispecies justice

    SEI Postdoctoral Fellow Christine Winter reflects on the power of seeing the world through a multispecies justice lens and its unravelling of dominant siloed thinking.
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  • 22/04/2022

    A flood of emotions: climate anxiety and trauma in Australia

    In the aftermath of devastating climate disasters like Australia’s recent east-coast floods, how do communities – those at the centre of the crisis and those on the periphery – support each other emotionally during times of climate distress?
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  • 04/12/2022

    Conversations with coal miners about climate change

    In the second event of SEI’s Communities on the Frontline Series, filmmaker Kim Nguyen sits down with coal industry representatives and climate activists to unpack how we can support coal mining communities in the just transition away from fossil fuels.
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  • 06/04/2022

    Why can’t we talk about a just transition from coal in Australia?

    How is the concept of a ‘just transition’ understood? In the first event of SEI’s Communities on the Frontline Series, we hear from researchers and community on why a ‘just transition’ from coal remains a challenging idea to discuss and engage with in Australia.
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  • 04/02/2022

    Shared voices: performance, knowledge and connection

    An afternoon of performances on the diverse ways that Pacific peoples record, preserve, and celebrate their knowledge and histories.
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  • 24/03/2022

    The 2022 Iain McCalman lecture

    Senior-curator of the Macleay Collections, Dr Jude Philp, presents the 2022 Iain McCalman Lecture on the role of museums in reinforcing cultural ignorance and how we can reposition these institutions as places that stimulate change.
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  • 22/03/2022

    The school climate strikes: what does the research say?

    Hear from education researchers about how the school strikes are challenging education to keep up with youth climate learning and activism.
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  • 07/03/2022

    Toward a just transition away from coal in Australia

    A hybrid in-person and online stakeholder forum was hosted by the SEI on Monday 7 March 2022. The forum, which operated under Chatham House rules, sought feedback from stakeholders about the results of the research project ‘A just transition away from coal in Australia‘.
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  • Methods Lab

    From ethnography to oral histories, the Sydney Environment Institute launches its Methods Lab, unpacking new methodologies and expanding research horizons with expert researchers across the environmental space.
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