Island life changes, but ideas don't stop flowing.
Island of Ideas is a series of public talks designed to ignite conversation and curiosity in our community. The program is guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and explores a diversity of current issues and events.
Our University has a proud history of sharing ideas, and each year we present hundreds of talks, forums, seminars and workshops free of charge to our students, alumni and wider community, including displaced people and refugees. We deliver these events to you in-person and online, in collaboration with partners and experts, as part of our dedication to living in an Island of Ideas.
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Developing Health Literacy for a Better Tasmania
Dr Rosie Nash believes health literacy could be the answer to better health outcomes, less inequity, improved educational attainment, and more productive Tasmanians. Join Rosie to discover how Tasmania is leading internationally, and where we have a lot more work to do.
Broadcast 21 November 2023.
Do Children Matter in Australia?
Did you know that Australia ranks a low 32 out of 38 OECD countries on child wellbeing? Why is this? Do Australia’s children really matter? Join the conversation with the National and Tasmanian Children’s Commissioners as they discuss the challenges we must overcome to ensure our children lead happier, healthier, and fairer lives.
Broadcast 8 November 2023.
Life in Ancient Australia
Broadcast 7 November 2023.
Voice to Truth: Hope or hype
As the referendum draws near, the debate surrounding it becomes increasingly complex. Join two of Tasmania’s most experienced Aboriginal leaders as we critically consider the ideas and arguments that have formed the debate, and ask where the outcome of the Referendum will take us as a nation.
Broadcast 25 September 2023.
Embracing Diversity: Creating vibrancy
As the new layers in our social fabric change, challenges are thrust upon new arrivals and marginalised groups as they adjust to the Tasmanian way of life. Join John Kamara, Tasmanian Australian of the Year, refugee and humanitarian, for this passionate discussion about how we might help new arrivals overcome systemic disadvantage and contribute to a better Tasmania.
Broadcast 20 September 2023.
Does an Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away?
Other than apples, there are many determinants preventing us from accessing the care and services we need. The Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of General Practice & Primary Care in the Department of Health says that our health barriers call for innovative systemic solutions and a patient-centred approach that can adapt to the health needs of our communities, all within the confines of limited resources. But what does this look like for Tasmania?
Broadcast 19 September 2023.
The Indigenous University: Can it now be achieved?
The Australian University’s Accord Panel recommends “First Nations students, culture, knowledge, research and communities should be at the heart of the Australian system of higher education”. Can Australian University’s do this and remain globally relevant? What do proposed changes mean for the future transformation of higher education in Australia?Broadcast 13 September 2023
Held Hostage: National values, diplomacy and friendship
Even before Professor Sean Turnell spent 650 days of wrongful imprisonment in Myanmar, his story was remarkable. Listen to his extraordinary story of hope, resilience, and the power of friends. What unfolds in this conversation will be more than just personal reflections, but also deep insights into the dynamics of international relations, the role of civil society, and the power of unity in promoting democratic values worldwide.
Broadcast 7 September 2023.
Voice to Truth: Journey to the Referendum
How did we arrive at this referendum? Why is this happening now, and is it necessary? Learn about the journey from the Uluru Statement from the Heart to The Voice Referendum and the history of the struggle for Indigenous justice, equality and representation. Discover why some believe it may help create a more just Australia, and why others believe it will not.
Broadcast 31 August 2023.
Generation Next: Reimagining a better Australia
It's no secret that young people are facing tough times. A changing climate, high house prices, and declining real wages risk leaving a generation worse off than their parents.
Is this something that governments can change? Join Grattan Institute CEO Danielle Wood, and reimagine the future of education, housing, and climate policy in shaping a better Australia for the next generation.
Broadcast 30 August 2023.
Unsung Heroes: Southern Ocean vs. climate change
Secrets of the natural world often lurk in places we could never dream of going ourselves. These secrets are crucial in the unfolding battle against climate change. Discover how the Southern Ocean is keeping the planet from overheating and how our scientists find out this hidden crucial information from the plants and animals living in the extraordinary world of the Southern Ocean.
Broadcast 22 August 2023.