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Island of Ideas.

Island life may have changed a little, but the ideas don't stop flowing.

We’ve taken our Public Lecture Series online, ensuring our mission of nurturing learning in the community is not interrupted.

In the last 18 months, more than 25,000 people took a front row seat across 40 webinars in our Island of Ideas program.

Audiences logged on from Tasmania and around the world, while speakers delivered talks locally, from interstate and from the United States, Britain, Singapore and New Zealand.

We delivered talks on everything from our Antarctic research to the US Presidential Election, urban renewal and the state’s response to COVID-19.

Registering and logging on are simple, and you’ll be able to interact with speakers through a Q&A function. You can watch our talks later, or share with friends and colleagues, on our YouTube channel.

The University of Tasmania has a proud history of sharing ideas through the public lectures and forums it provides free of charge to students, alumni and the wider community each year.

COVID-19 provided an unexpected opportunity to broaden our topics, speakers and audience, and this will continue with Island of Ideas.

Ideas debate and discussion will continue – for and from Tasmania.

You will need to register for our public lectures from the University's Events Calendar.

You will then be sent a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar via Zoom. When you click the link, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app, a quick and easy process. You can also click a link in the email to easily add the event to your calendar. More information is available from this Zoom Guide.

If you do not wish to register, events will be available later as videos on YouTube and podcasts on SoundCloud.

Next Webinars

Locating Cooperation in Response to COVID-19

Wednesday 11 August | 5.00 pm

Exploring the past and present situations, Professor Sara Davies examines three cases of global cooperation during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic: human rights, science and surveillance, and will also explore future opportunities and challenges.

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From Antarctica to Outer Space: Exploring gender equity at the extremes

Monday 16 August | 6.00 pm

How do we overcome the pervasiveness of heroic white masculine leadership and exploration at the ends of the Earth and beyond? This talk will explore what the most extreme environments in the world can tell us about making STEMM workplaces more diverse and inclusive.

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In the Field with Tasmanian Climate and Marine Scientists

Tuesday 17 August | 1.00 pm

For National Science Week this year, the Tasmanian branches of the Australian Marine Sciences Association and the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society are holding a fieldwork film festival. Stand out short films of fieldwork by Tasmanian scientists will be broadcast at this online event, accompanied by a Q & A session.

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Human Rights and Diplomacy: The right mix for the Indo-Pacific

Thursday 2 September | 5.30 pm

Australia Director at Human Rights Watch, Elaine Pearson delivers the 2021 Sir James Plimsoll Lecture Elaine will explore the role of human rights in foreign policy and what steps the Australian government can take to defend human rights values that are under attack.

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