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Island of Ideas.

Island life changes, but ideas don't stop flowing.

Island of Ideas is our online public lecture series designed to nurture learning in our community. Our University has a proud history of sharing ideas in public lectures and forums. We provide these events free of charge, to students, alumni and the wider community.

COVID-19 provided an unexpected opportunity for us to lift the voices of Tasmanians and to invite world-leading experts into our conversations. This program continues beyond the pandemic, as does our dedication to living in an Island of Ideas. Now in its third year, more than 30,000 people have taken a front-row seat across over 40 webinars. People join us from far-and-wide, connecting with experts from interstate, the United States, Britain, Singapore and New Zealand. Topics are guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and explore a diversity of current issues.

Registering and logging-on are simple and you can interact with speakers live. Alternately, you can watch our talks later and share with friends and colleagues on our YouTube channel.

Register for our public lectures below.

You will be sent a confirmation email, including a link to join the webinar via Zoom. You will be prompted to follow a quick process to download the Zoom application. More information is available in this Zoom Guide.

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Upcoming Events

The Decade Ahead: Disruptive, disorderly and dangerous

Tuesday 29 November | 6.00pm

Online and Sandy Bay

Dr Heather Smith, the 2022 Plimsoll Lecturer, will deliver a speech that asks hard questions about Australia’s response to the geopolitical, technological and economic shifts confronting us in the decade ahead.

The annual Sir James Plimsoll Lecture is jointly presented by the University of Tasmania, the Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is named in honour of Sir James Plimsoll, one of the most distinguished diplomats in the history of Australia’s Department of External Affairs.

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The Mental Health Gap: STAND for the future

Wednesday 7 December | 6.00pm

Online and Sandy Bay

Depression and anxiety are projected to become the leading causes of global disease burden by 2030. As many as one-in-three of us are affected at some time in our lives, and this figure is increasing, especially among younger people.

Join Professor Michelle Craske AO to learn about her program for screening, tracking and treating anxiety and depression, and discover how it could support individuals and a health system in dire need of repair.

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Past Events

Are the Paris Climate Goals Still Attainable?

Climate change is a global emergency that goes beyond national borders. To stop it, we require international cooperation and coordinated solutions at all levels. The 2015 Paris Agreement is the most successful example of this to date, but is it falling short? Dr Matthew Ives says there’s still hope - watch to find out why.


Broadcast 24 November 2022 AEDT.

2022 Abercrombie Lecture

Join Peter Poulet, Central District and Southern District Commissioner for the Greater Sydney Commission, and discover how we might use lessons from the past to provide planning solutions for our current housing crisis.


Broadcast 8 November 2022 AEDT.

Time for Truth-Telling in Lutruwita

What would breaking the 200+ years of truth-telling silence in Lutruwita Tasmania achieve?

It is not without risks - for Palawa and for non-Aboriginal Tasmanians.
Find out more from Professor Maggie Walter, as she delivers the 2022 Japanangka errol West lecture about silence and truth-telling in Lutruwita.


Broadcast 14 November 2022 AEDT.