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Setting a new stage, University of Tasmania at the Hedberg.

Island life may be on hold, but the ideas don’t stop flowing.

Island of Ideas: Public Lectures go online

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 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 our Island of Ideas program. 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 just 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 look forward to continuing the ideas, debate and discussion – 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 these Zoom FAQs.

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

Next Webinar

Trust in Government After COVID-19: 2020 Fulbright Lecture

Thursday June 4 | 5pm

Decisive and, for some, painful action will need to be taken post COVID-19 to tackle unemployment, government expenditure and the impacts of the virus in less developed countries. These decisions will be made with most democratic states experiencing diminished trust from voters. Professor Jonathan Mendilow, Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Applied Public Policy from Rider University (US) will explore why people are losing faith in the political establishment with polarisation on the rise and populism on the march.

Register Now