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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

How can we protect ourselves, our family, and loved ones in places of detention and social care?

Wednesday 20 October | 6.00 pm

The Optional Protocol on the Convention against Torture (and other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment) (OPCAT) may be a once-in-a-generation opportunity to protect citizens’ rights in places of detention and in social care. OPCAT provides for National Preventive Mechanisms to stop problems before they reach crisis point. Join us in a discussion on how we can make the most of this once-in-a-generation opportunity.

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Exploring Hobart’s Antarctic Future

Tuesday 26 October | 5.00 pm

How does Hobart’s unique role as one of the five Antarctic Gateway cities influence its urban identity and future city shaping policies? This CityTalks conversation will unpack how Hobart’s future is shaped by its strong connection and global stewardship role in Antarctica.

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