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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.

Last year, more than 10,000 people took a front row seat across 30 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.

The University of Tasmania’s 1.5m social distancing measures mean that even our largest lecture theatres and rooms can only hold a small number of people. With these restrictions likely to be in place for some time, our series of engaging public talks will continue online in 2021.

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

Responding to Democratic Demands: Foreign policy for Thailand and Myanmar

Thursday March 11 | 5pm

In recent decades, Thailand and Myanmar have invested heavily in “transitions” from authoritarianism but still struggle to consolidate effective democratic rule. Military interventions and the entrenchment of elite interests weigh heavily against aspirations for wide-ranging political and social reform. In both countries, the economic damage inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic has proved significant and destabilising.

Professor Nicholas Farrelly is Head of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania, where he leads a large multi-disciplinary team responding to important local, national and global issues.

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City Talks: Sprawl and crawl? Or a comfortably compact Hobart?

Thursday March 11 | 5pm

Leading Australian planner Greg Vann and a panel of experts will discuss the economic and social impacts of urban density and suburban sprawl. Join us to explore global and local trends arising from the pandemic, including localism, the concept of a '15-minute city' and a renewed effort to create quality city environments.

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