Saturday, 2 Jul 2016

OzQube-1: The Rise of DIY Satellites

OzQube1 is one of a growing number of a new generation of tiny satellites. It is unique in that it’s being developed in Australia, but not by the government, a company or even a University. It’s a solo project that was conceived and developed by i...

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How Do You Do a Space Business?

Building any business is a difficult, timeconsuming and expensive task. It’s no wonder that 90% of all entrepreneurs fail. And a business for space is considered especially difficult because it is owned by very large established players, not to me...

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The Science of Aboriginal Star Knowledge

Like many Indigenous peoples of the world, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures use the stars to inform navigation, calendars, and social structure. Within their complex astronomical traditions, the properties of stars play an important ...

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The brain and space travel: How does travelling into outer space influence the space between our ears?

Travelling into space and how it influences our minds has been the stuff of science fiction. With extended stays on the International Space Station and plans for colonising Mars on the horizon, it has become more important to understand how our br...

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Tuesday, 5 Jul 2016

Why Indonesia Will Not Be the Next Rising Power in Asia

This lecture seeks to critically engage with currently popular views about ‘Indonesia Rising’ as a regional and international power. Many scholars have argued this due to Indonesia’s sustained economic growth and successful democratic transition. ...

Wednesday, 6 Jul 2016

The Dark Frontier

Astrophysical and cosmological observations tell us that the matter described so well by the Standard Model of particle physics is only 5% of the content of the Universe. Another 25% is the mysterious dark matter, which may be provided by unknown ...

Alzheimer’s Disease: the latest research and a search for a cure

In this presentation, Professor Ashley Bush will discuss the research he and his Oxidation Biology Unit are looking at with regards to how key proteins interact inappropriately with metals in the brain to cause oxidative stress in diseases includi...

Friday, 8 Jul 2016

The Discovery of Gravity Waves: The Breakthrough by LIGO

The 2016 announcement of the experimental observation of gravity waves from space is the latest confirmation of Einstein’s General Theory and comes after decades of work developing the incredibly sophisticated observatory. Member of the internati...

Saturday, 9 Jul 2016

Extending a Hand: Gesture, Duration, and the Posthumous Turn

What is the durational reach of gesture? Thinking about call and response, or hail and acknowledgement, Professor Rebecca Schneider asks "How long can call lie in wait for response? How far can a hail extend?" Schneider looks at contemporary art w...

Monday, 11 Jul 2016

Closing the gap on indigenous health

Associate Professor James Ward will speak on closing the gap on indigenous health. James Ward is the Head of Infectious Diseases Research and Aboriginal Health at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute in Adelaide and is a le...

Wednesday, 13 Jul 2016

EU Perspectives on the Energy Transition

As part of its Market Design Initiative, the European Union is currently consulting on changes to its Internal Electricity Market (IEM) the long held ambition of an integrated, transnational electricity infrastructure and trading zone. At the hea...

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Thursday, 14 Jul 2016

Banality of Expressions: Language and politics in post-New Order Indonesia

During the New Order's rule, bahasa Indonesia was overly "inflated" by the overwhelming presence of euphemism (or the practice of softening expressions deemed to be sensitive in order to hide the truth; e.g., diamankan for 'being arrested', oknum ...

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Friday, 15 Jul 2016

Pulsars: Nature's naturally-occurring gravitational laboratories

Pulsars are spinning dead stars that have long since consumed all their nuclear fuel and collapsed into superdense remnants. Pulses of radiation from the spin can be used as extremely precise clocks with which to study extreme gravity. Astronomers...

Tuesday, 19 Jul 2016

Tradition and invention in Thielman Kerver’s last book of hours

A 16th century eleven metre scroll illustrating the history of the world from Biblical times is the centrepiece of an exclusive exhibition at the University of Melbourne to coincide with Rare Book Week. 'A chronicle of French, English and world hi...

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Water, marks and countenances: Works on paper from the Grainger Museum collection, Floor Talk

Join curator Brian Allison for a floor talk discussing the latest temporary exhibition, Water, marks and countenances: works on paper from the Grainger Museum collection. Free Entry

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Wednesday, 20 Jul 2016

Artists' books holding us in their palm

The flexible medium of the book holds us in its palm rather than us holding the book in our own palms. We are besotted with paper for its adaptable, foldable, cutable, concealable, revealing nature. In our artists' books, prints, zines, drawings, ...

Thursday, 21 Jul 2016

After Shakespeare, Floor Talk

'After Shakespeare' is an exhibition with associated public programs exploring the 400 year legacy of William Shakespeare. The exhibition includes work by writers who imitated or adapted his works, and documents his cultural influence in the four ...

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The Chronicle of Chronicles, 1521

A 16th century eleven metre scroll illustrating the history of the world from Biblical times is the centrepiece of an exclusive exhibition at the University of Melbourne to coincide with Rare Book Week. 'A chronicle of French, English and world hi...

Half Baked Ideas - Putting India to Work: a new approach put more Indians in jobs

Despite two decades of economic growth, more than 70 percent of urban Indian workers don’t have formal sector jobs. This vast majority is excluded from India’s remarkable progress: their wages are twenty times lower, they don’t enjoy worker protec...

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A Very Australian Story: Political Libels and the Conscription Referendums of the First World War

In 1945, the AntiConscription League published a pamphlet ostensibly about the recently deceased Maurice Blackburn's opposition to conscription for the purpose of overseas military service. The polemic that infused the pamphlet a discussion of th...

Friday, 22 Jul 2016

Recent acquisitions from the Kerry Stokes collection

A 16th century eleven metre scroll illustrating the history of the world from Biblical times is the centrepiece of an exclusive exhibition at the University of Melbourne to coincide with Rare Book Week. 'A chronicle of French, English and world hi...

Dark Matter and Gravity: Searching for missing mass in the Stawell gold mine

Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity provides an exceptionally accurate theory for gravity and matter at the largest scales. But observations of the way stars move subject to gravity in the galaxies show there is more gravity that can be accou...

Monday, 25 Jul 2016

Documentary Screening & Talk: Right to Know - Understanding Digital Literacy in Rural India

How can we welcome one billion rural, mostly belowthepovertyline Indians online by 2020? Right to Know is a photo and video essay presented as a seminar discussing the issues forthcoming film Ocean in a Drop raises; from the risks field workers ta...

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Tuesday, 26 Jul 2016

Violence and the Supreme Court: Perspectives from both sides of the bench

Violent crime is of central concern to the community and attracts significant political interest. The Criminal Division of the Supreme Court sees the state's most violent offenders. It is the premier venue for deliberating on those crimes that ref...

Wednesday, 27 Jul 2016

Inspiring India: Challenges for Environmental Democracy in the Worlds Largest Democracy

India's developmental strategy is obsessively focused on economic growth with GDP being the central focus. This obsession has led to massive exploitation of forests, rivers and land, as well as increased conflict between the State and the corporat...

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Thursday, 28 Jul 2016

Political Islam and the Challenge to International Law

Professor Naz Modirzadeh and Professor Andrew March will explore some of the challenges posed by the rise of militant forms of political Islam to international law. The speakers will explore what transnational Jihadis may have contributed to Islam...

How to be a Pragmatist

The 2016 Barry Taylor and David Lewis Philosophy Lecture is presented by Professor Elizabeth Anderson. Pragmatism is often loosely characterized as the view that people should adopt "whatever works." This seems like empty and useless advice, sinc...

Friday, 29 Jul 2016

Einstein’s Gravity: Black Holes, Dark Matter and Gravitational Lensing

The General Theory of Relativity describes how mass distorts how we observe space and time. Two spectacular examples of this are provided through gravitational lensing and the predictions of black holes. Gravitational lenses provide our strongest ...

Wednesday, 3 Aug 2016

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What Causes Parkinson’s Disease?

Did you know that Parkinson’s disease occurs when nerve cells die in the brain? This causes the chemical dopamine to decline and has many other effects. In this presentation, Professor Malcolm Horne will discuss brain changes and possible symptoms...

Thursday, 4 Aug 2016

International Law and Global Non-International Armed Conflict

How is international law involved in what the US has called the ‘global noninternational armed conflict’ against al Qaeda and associated forces? In this lecture, Professor Naz Modirzadeh will analyse the legal arguments developed by the US to just...

Wednesday, 10 Aug 2016

Ready for Action: strengthening the role of non-violence and conflict resolution in the UN and its agencies

The idea of readiness for action is usually associated with military intervention. But peace, nonviolence and conflict resolution also require careful preparation and training. Changes that build peace can come from dramatic top down decisions....

Thursday, 18 Aug 2016

The Great Leaders Masterclass

Great leaders inspire us. They impact culture, business, government and importantly, individuals. Great leaders give us models to look up to and knowing how to apply the lessons they teach can support us to become great leaders ourselves. Who inf...

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Citizens, Criminologists and Wayfarers: On Crime in the Open City

The city has long been a space of industry, commerce, pleasure and connection. Cities are also places that require defence, their territories vulnerable to outsiders; and a city was declared ‘open’ when its defenders conceded it for occupation by ...

Saturday, 27 Aug 2016

Flourishing in the 21st Century: The rise of contemplative science

A century of unprecedented scientific and technological innovation has given humanity the potential to resolve many of its material challenges. Nevertheless, fear and greed have perpetuated exploitation and inequity of a massive scale, while diss...

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Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016

Science and Technology: New Frontiers for Helping People with Mental Illness

Mental illnesses are amongst the most common, disabling, and costly disorders in all of medicine. In contrast to most medical disorders, mental illnesses (including depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder) usually begin...

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Wednesday, 7 Sep 2016

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Major Depression: an update on the latest research with a world leader in the field

Professor Patrick McGorry AO presents the latest research around depression. Professor Patrick McGorry is the Executive Director of Orygen, Professor of Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne, and a Director of the Board of the Nation...

Wednesday, 5 Oct 2016

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Recovery After Stroke: latest research from the Florey

A stroke is a common and devastating event but Florey research is changing the way rehabilitation is practiced across the world. In this presentation, Professor Julie Bernhardt, discusses the effect of strokes and how life skills can be regained....

Tuesday, 18 Oct 2016

Leading Indicators of Organizational Outcomes

Professor Shane Dikolli will deliver the 77th CPA Australia University of Melbourne Annual Research Lecture. Shane will explore how recent innovations in accounting research such as executive compensation, audit fees, and corporate culture, ha...

Thursday, 20 Oct 2016

The Great Leaders Masterclass

Great leaders inspire us. They impact culture, business, government and importantly, individuals. Great leaders give us models to look up to and knowing how to apply the lessons they teach can support us to become great leaders ourselves. Who inf...

Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016

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Parkinson’s Disease in the Future: Through the Researcher’s Lens

A huge international effort is driving medical research into Parkinson’s disease. From stem cell therapies to gene therapy and deep brain stimulation – we explore the future. Professor Malcolm Horne is a senior member of the Neurodegeneration lab...

Wednesday, 9 Nov 2016

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Improve Your Brain Health

The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health is ending the year on a high. While we are all born with a certain set of genes, every one of us can make the most of environmental factors to stay well for longer. In this presentation, Profe...