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Island of Ideas: public lectures go online

Island of Ideas

From cutting edge research into the oceans and Antarctica to creative icons like Mona, Tasmania has long been an island of ideas.

And, if anything, this challenging period is encouraging us to come up with more ideas – about work, education, interaction and meeting our basic needs.

Researchers too are finding new circumstances breed new ideas. How will the experience of a global pandemic influence the way we tackle climate change, structure our economy, or focus our medical resources?

The University of Tasmania has a long history of sharing ideas through our highly regarded Public Lectures program. Each year, we present hundreds of lectures, forums, seminars and workshops free of charge to our students, alumni and wider community.

These will continue with the launch of our Island of Ideas program later this month. Using our online platforms, we will present a mix of engaging new talks as well as a selection of our most popular past events.

We know you might be working from home, schooling your kids or looking for some meaningful content to help you through this period, so we’ll be more flexible with our event times and will make them available for engaging with later.

We’ll kick off on April 23 with some of our most popular previous presentations before our first live event on Thursday, April 30.

Oceans, Ice and Climate Change: An IPCC Update was one of our most anticipated events this year and alumni presenters Professor Nathan Bindoff (BSc Hons 1984), and Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas (BSc Hons 2007, GradDipMarSc 2010, PhD 2010) will now deliver this talk online.

Professor Bindoff is from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and Dr Melbourne-Thomas is from CSIRO and is Tasmania’s Australian of the Year for 2020.

They were both authors on the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2019 Special Report.

More details will be available soon at

We look forward to continuing the ideas, debate and discussion – for and from Tasmania.

Published on: 09 Apr 2020 12:40pm