Rank #1: Alison Gopnik: When (and why) children are smarter than adults, and AI too
Young children are actually better at learning unusual or unlikely principles than adults. Professor Alison Gopnik's research relates this pattern to computational ideas about search and sampling, evolutionary ideas about human life history, and neuroscience findings about plasticity.
This talk was recorded on Wednesday 11 September at the University of Sydney. For more details, visit the website: http://bit.ly/2kN7CdH
Sep 18 2019
Rank #2: How We Spend Time
This event was recorded on Monday 12 August at the University of Sydney. More details and to check out our reading list: https://bit.ly/2KXpFab
Aug 19 2019
Rank #3: Seeing the unseen: from brains to black holes
Fernando Calamante from Sydney Imaging talks about mapping structural networks in the brain. Neurologist Michael Barnett, from Brain and Mind Centre, follows on to explain how these networks can be affected in disease. Physicist Céline Boehm explores the recent images of black holes and dark matter. Philosopher David Braddon-Mitchell brings these ideas together, and to close, is a performance by sound artist Benjamin Carey.
This conversation was chaired by Duncan Ivison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research at the University of Sydney.
It was recorded on Tuesday 20 August at a Sydney Ideas event, as part of Innovation Week 2019, which celebrates landmark discoveries and transformative inventions by the University's academics and students. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2Ltpgid
Aug 21 2019
Rank #4: Living longer: why, and how?
For further reading, Professor Luigi Fontana from the Charles Perkins Centre shares his key tips on how your dietary habits can help you to live longer and reduce risk of heart attack. Visit the website to learn more: http://bit.ly/2m1alAF
Sep 05 2019
Rank #5: Arts, health and healing
Hear internationally renowned artists and researchers share their insights and case studies of exemplary practice:
- Vic McEwan, The Cad Factory
- Dr Clive Parkinson, Manchester School of Art
- Dr Nicole Reilly, University of Newcastle (UON)
- Akeshia Dart, mental health clinician and PhD candidate at UON
- Dr Claire Hooker, University of Sydney and event chair
This conversation was recorded on Monday 21 October, 2019 at the University of Sydney.
The event marked the launch of the Arts Health Network (NSW/ACT). Connect with this new platform: https://www.artshealthnetwork.com.au/
Oct 22 2019
Rank #6: Public interest and toxic chemicals
This conversation was recorded on Thursday 19 September, 2019 at the University of Sydney and presented in partnership with The Walkley Foundation. Visit the website for more details: http://bit.ly/33SuTNa
Sep 20 2019
Rank #7: Kevin Rudd: Bold new ideas for Australia's future
Are we as a nation prepared to embrace a bold vision to craft a long-term future for our country? What might that vision look like?
The Honourable Kevin Rudd AC and Professor Marc Stears, Director of the Sydney Policy Lab, discuss alternative visions for Australia’s future.
This conversation was recorded on Thursday 29 August, 2019 at the University of Sydney. For more details, visit the website: http://bit.ly/2M5wPMm
Sep 16 2019
Rank #8: Understanding neurodiversity and living with autism
- Professor Adam Guastella, Michael Crouch Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health and University of Sydney
- Max Prineas, Bachelor of Music student at University of Sydney
- Susannah Gregory, Disability Services Officer at University of Sydney
- MC: Chloe Maxwell, TV presenter, model and founder of 4 ASD Kids
This event was held on Wednesday 25 September, 2019 as part of Disability Inclusion Week. For more details, visit the website: http://bit.ly/2krEDMm
Oct 13 2019
Rank #9: Can we make food security failsafe?
Hear from Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food;
OzHarvest founder Ronni Kahn and Mario Herrero from CSIRO, as they share insights into how we might address food security.
Visit the website for for information including Hilal's slides and further resources: https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2019/food-security.html
Jul 10 2019
Rank #10: Economic and social justice in a climate changed world
Hear from internationally renowned scholars Petra Tschakert, Maan Barua and Makere Stewart-Harawira, as they respond to this question of justice. The discussion was chaired by University of Sydney's David Schlosberg.
This podcast was recorded on Thursday 13 June 2019 at the University of Sydney: https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2019/social-economic-futures-climate-change.html
Jun 13 2019
Rank #11: Does language control us?
Content warning: this podcast contains course language and discusses violence. Listener discretion is advised.
This podcast was recorded on Thursday 6 June at the University of Sydney: https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2019/does-language-control-us.html
Jun 06 2019
Rank #12: How archaeology can help future proof against natural disasters
Archaeology can help us understand how climate and environmental change in our recent and distant past shapes our future. Join us as we delve into the little-known world of environmental archaeology, during National Archaeology Week.
This event was held on Wednesday 22 May at the University of Sydney https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2019/national-archaeology-week-environment.html
May 22 2019
Rank #13: Made to Measure: Art, science and the obesity epidemic
Following a performance of the play, writer Alana Valentine, University of Sydney's Professor Stephen Simpson and dressmaker Santina Porpiglia, had a discussion about art and science working together and its contributions in shifting perceptions.
This podcast was recorded on Tuesday 21 May at the Seymour Centre: https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2019/made-to-measure.html
May 21 2019
Rank #14: The road to Indigenous repatriation
For more than 60 years the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC had stolen ancestral remains in its collection. It was only recently that the bones were repatriated. This story kicks off our conversation for this event, which focuses on the roles of film, history and culture in advancing the repatriation debate.
'Etched in Bone' is a film that explores the role of Aboriginal leadership in repatriating ancestral remains, and it places film documentary within the complexity of Indigenous knowledge, its preservation and its precariousness.
Hear from the filmmakers and academic experts discuss international repatriation and the ethical complexities of their interaction.
This event was held on Wednesday 10 April, 2019 at the University of Sydney. Learn more: https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2019/etched-in-bone-indigenous-repatriation.html
Apr 30 2019
Rank #15: Can we prevent diabetes?
PREVIEW is a landmark study in diabetes prevention and weight loss management. In this talk, leading researchers from the study will draw on the findings and learnings to share new solutions on how to determine risk, avoid developing type 2 diabetes and safely lose a large amount of weight.
This event was held on Tuesday 9 April 2019 at the University of Sydney and was co-presented with Charles Perkins Centre. https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2019/diabetes-prevention.html
Apr 09 2019
Rank #16: On hate and race politics
Political philosopher Tim Soutphommasane, reflects on race relations and multiculturalism in Australia and beyond, and what it means for democracy worldwide.
In his new book, On Hate, Tim Soutphommasane analyses the troubling rise of nationalist populism and the return of race politics.
This event was co-presented with Sydney Policy Lab and School of Social and Political Sciences. It was held on Thursday 21 March, 2019 at the University of Sydney: https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2019/on-hate-and-race-politics-tim-soutphommasane.html
Mar 21 2019
Rank #17: Meet an exceptionally inspirational woman — Tina Tchen
Sydney Ideas has partnered with the University’s Diversity and Inclusion team to welcome Tina to our Camperdown campus. She is a leading global voice on issues of gender inequity, sexual harassment, and diversity at work, and co-founder of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, which connects survivors of workplace sexual harassment with legal and public relations assistance.
Tina was joined in conversation with two of the University’s most influential and respected female leaders – Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy and Services) and Professor Annamarie Jagose (Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences). The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, provided closing remarks.
Tina Tchen also appeared at the Sydney Opera House’s annual festival ‘All About Women’ on Sunday 10 March, 2019. https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/all-about-women
Mar 10 2019
Rank #18: Soil security: running down a dream
This event was held on December 5 at the University of Sydney. https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2018/soil-security.html
Dec 12 2018
Rank #19: From good international citizen to pariah?
Gillian Triggs reflects on Australia's human rights record in a public lecture, with an introduction by Elizabeth Evatt and a vote of thanks by Tanya Plibersek.
This event was held on Sunday 9 December 2018 at the University of Sydney. https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2018/from-good-international-citizen-to-pariah-.html
Start - 01:25 | Clara Edwards welcome
01:30 - 12:00 | Elizabeth Evatt introduction
12:05 - 01:01:35 | Gillian Triggs keynote address
01:01:40 - 01:12:00 | Tanya Plibersek vote of thanks
01:12:00 - end | Danielle Celermajer close
Dec 11 2018
Rank #20: Human rights: what lies ahead the next 70 years?
10’07'' - 19’33’’ Larissa Baldwin, Senior Campaigner, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rights at Getup.
19’37’’ - 25’00’’ Dulce Muñoz, the National Convener of Mums4Refugees Sydney, a grassroots network of mothers that provides social, legal and material aid to people seeking asylum and people from refugee backgrounds.
25’15’’ - 31’49’’ Nas Campanella, a journalist and newsreader with the ABC and triple J. In 2013 she earned a newsreading position at triple J, becoming the first blind newsreader in the world to read and operate the studio for herself live to air.
31’53’’ - 40’16’’ Danny Xanadu has been involved in advocacy and education for the Queer community for 25 years.
40’23’’ - 50’25’’ Dinesh Wadiwel is a Senior Lecturer in human rights and socio-legal studies at the University of Sydney. Here he addresses the need for the alliance between human, animal and environmental rights.
50’30'' - Audience Q&A
More info: https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2018/human-rights-the-next-70-years.html
Dec 10 2018