5 December 20165.30pm - 7.00pm
The fine tuning of the universe for life is a major unsolved problem in the world of physics. Geraint Lewis and Luke Barnes explain what we know of the universe, from its most basic particles and forces, to planets, stars and galaxies, and back through cosmic history to the birth of the cosmos.
9 December 20167.30pm - 9.00pm
UK hip hop artist Akala joins a panel of local artists, activists and students to talk about the evolution of socially conscious hip hop music, and discuss themes of remembering, race, respect, rhythm and resistance.
13 December 20166.00pm - 7.30pm
A major source of scientific skepticism about free will is the belief that conscious decisions and intentions never play a role in producing corresponding actions. Professor Alfred Mele presents three serious problems encountered by any attempt to justify this belief.
3 January 20176.00pm - 7.30pm
False memories, like true ones, have consequences for people, affecting later thoughts, intentions, and behaviors. Can we tell true memories from false ones? Professor Elizabeth Loftus explores the profound implications for the legal system of false memories.
31 January 20176.30pm - 7.45pm
As new big data technologies now allow scientists to measure cancerous tumors and take real-time scans of the active human brain, are we closer to understanding causes and providing possible cures for cancer as well as understanding the complexities of the human brain? Dr Genevera Allen explains.
8 February 20176.00pm - 7.30pm
With the election of Donald Trump, it seems climate change denial has reached into the most powerful political office in the world. In this special Sydney Ideas ecture, world-renowned climate scientist Professor Michael Mann provides a somewhat light-hearted take on a very serious issue.
20 February 20176.00pm - 7.30pm
Environmental political thought has developed significantly in recent decades, and is closely aligned with theories and practices of democracy. A panel of distinguished contributors to the ecological democracy debate respond to the current set of ecological, and democratic, challenges.
22 February 20176.00pm - 7.30pm
Sydney Ideas - Turning Urban: strengths and vulnerabilities of China’s collectives in the process of urbanisation
As China rapidly urbanises, what are the issues that confront village collectives as they have to defend their economic, social and cultural autonomy? Join us for the first lecture by Professor Luigi Tomba, the new director of the University’s China Studies Centre.
11 April 20176.00pm - 7.30pm
In September 2016 scientists observed the collision and fusion of the two black holes by directly measuring their gravitational waves. David Reitze explains how they made the detection and discusses how gravitational astronomy promises to change our understanding of universe.