Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Towards a new EU approach to Asia

The decade since the release of the 2003 European Security Strategy has seen the world change dramatically. The EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges is convening an expert panel to provide insights on how the EU might manage its relationship wit...

Workforce literacy and factories of the future

The rise of robotics in manufacturing requires workers to have sophisticated literacy skills so they can direct machines and join up innovation and production networks. With machines doing the work that people used to do, the way products are im...

Wednesday, 1 Jun 2016

Complexity of Aboriginal agriculture

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research seeks to provide staff and students with education opportunities to develop their awareness and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture as part of our commi...

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Thursday, 2 Jun 2016

CSL and the Australian Biomedical Research Sector: Past, Present and Future

Dr Andrew Nash will outline the breadth and success of CSL’s engagement with the sector as well as discuss the importance of nurturing and supporting Australia’s next generation of scientific leaders. From its origins as a government funded organi...

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Inspiring India: Smart Cities - Art Cities

Enhanced quality of life defines truly international cities be it London, New York, Singapore or Hong Kong. A key ingredient to this is access to arts and entertainment which defines the liveability of a city. As city governments create ambitious ...

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Human Evolutionary History in a Global Context: Progress and Challenges

For nearly two centuries we have been accumulating fossil and other evidence that bears on our evolutionary history. As we review the history of that accumulation and all that we have learned from it, we must recognise that there is yet much to be...

Thursday, 9 Jun 2016

Studies for masters: new research into old master drawings

The spotlight has been shone upon the approximately 100 drawings included in the Baillieu Library Print Collection many of them gifted by Dr J. Orde Poynton in 1959 by a series of research projects undertaken by participants in the Cultural Coll...

Friday, 10 Jun 2016

Navigating uncertainty: Everyday youth strategies and generational change in rural Gujarat, India

How do the aspirations of rural youth in contemporary India differ from older generations? To what extent are they able to live out their hopes for the future? This talk will focus on the everyday strategies of young men and women in India's weste...

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Thursday, 16 Jun 2016

Half-Baked Ideas: Inclusive Innovation in India: Reinventing Gandhi for the ‘Other Half’

More than 94% of India’s workforce (nearly 500 million) is in the informal sector and only 3% of this workforce has had some sort of skills training. Further, various estimates draw attention to the reality that nearly 68% of Indian population ear...

Australian Identity Through Cultural Materials Conservation

The material world surrounds us: feeding our senses, our imagination and our curiosity. We inherit and we create cultural and scientific records that help us make sense of this world. Cultural materials conservation employs materiality to understa...

The Balance Between Robust Constitutionalism and the Democratic Process

As an antiapartheid activist, the principle of ‘one person one vote’ was central to Dikgang Moseneke’s democratic demands. Now in his role as Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa, Moseneke seeks to find equilibrium between the demo...

How to Foster your Child’s Chinese Learning Journey

This forum will focus on how parents of nonChinese background learners of Mandarin can promote a healthy learning environment for their children. The forum will include a panel of distinguished guests including a policy expert, a Chinese teacher, ...

Tuesday, 21 Jun 2016

Shifting away from distractions to improve Australia's schools

For too long school reforms have been focused on structural solutions such as curricula, assessment, class size, autonomy and parental choice. However, after decades of investing in these popular policy fixes the best that can be said for Australi...

Wednesday, 22 Jun 2016

30 Objects in 30 Minutes: Behind the Scenes with the Curator

In the final week of Somewhere in France: Australians on the Western Front join curator, Jenny Long, as she unveils her favourite objects from the exhibition and unlocks the fascinating stories of some of the University of Melbourne Archives mater...

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The NBN: 2006 to 2016 and Beyond

Mike Quigley was the first employee of NBN Co and its CEO for four years. In this talk, he reflects on the ups and downs of the National Broadband Network project over the last several years, and considers the various options to complete the NBN. ...

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Thursday, 23 Jun 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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Tuesday, 28 Jun 2016

The Justiciability of Economic and Social Rights

For the second event in the 2016 ‘Judges in Conversation’ series, The Hon. Justice Mordecai Bromberg (Judge, Federal Court of Australia) will be in conversation with Professor Philip Alston (John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York Univers...

Thursday, 30 Jun 2016

What's poverty got to do with human rights?

Why it is that the world’s major human rights groups largely ignore poverty, and why the key actors in addressing global poverty, such as the World Bank, insist that human rights are irrelevant to their work. What would the agenda be if poverty we...

Friday, 1 Jul 2016

Celebrating 100 years of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity: Lost planets, Australian Eclipses and warped space

Over the years 1915 and 1916 Albert Einstein presented his magnificent General Theory of Relativity. The product of years of toil, it took expeditions to observe total solar eclipses visible from northern Australia in 1922 to confirm the theory. ...

Wednesday, 6 Jul 2016

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...

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...

Thursday, 21 Jul 2016

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

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...

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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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

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, 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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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

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....

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

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...