21 episodes

This year and beyond, Fearless Conversations will continue to tackle a broad range of topics, diving deep into areas such as health, science, politics, the arts, our environment and more, in order to shine an uncompromising light on the issues that affect us all. Bringing together industry leaders and our researchers, the series fearlessly discusses the challenges that face our world and the opportunities available to South Australia.

Fearless Conversations Flinders University

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This year and beyond, Fearless Conversations will continue to tackle a broad range of topics, diving deep into areas such as health, science, politics, the arts, our environment and more, in order to shine an uncompromising light on the issues that affect us all. Bringing together industry leaders and our researchers, the series fearlessly discusses the challenges that face our world and the opportunities available to South Australia.

    Fearless Conversations: The Next Generation

    Fearless Conversations: The Next Generation

    The inaugural Fearless Conversations from our Next Generation in partnership with The Advertiser. Hear from three students from years 9-10, who appeared on stage discussing their fearless ideas to create a better future for all South Australians. Each student submitted a 30-sec video telling us about an important topic that matters to them, and these students were selected to lead this panel discussion live on stage at the Adelaide Town Hall.

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    • 30 min
    2022 Investigator Lecture - Conflict and Crisis: A global health emergency

    2022 Investigator Lecture - Conflict and Crisis: A global health emergency

    We are an interconnected and interdependent world. A crisis in one country can quickly impact the health, cultures and economies of societies around the globe.

    The war in Ukraine. The conflict in Syria. The COVID-19 pandemic. Each of these crises has resulted in significant localised and immediate emergency situations, which have later spread to cause vast and wide-reaching global impacts upon business, trade, political landscapes, and societal health and wellbeing, just to name a few.

    So, what is the fallout of these global emergencies and how well equipped are we to respond to and combat future crises?

    Facilitated by Jess Adamson, the 2022 Investigator Lecture featured Reverend Tim Costello - one of Australia’s most respected community leaders and a sought-after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics along with a panel of experts including Professor Paul Arbon AM, PhD FACN, FAAN, Professor Leonard Notaras AO and Erick Tlozek.

    https://www.flinders.edu.au/engage/culture/investigator-lecture

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    2022 Investigator Lecture - Keynote from Reverend Tim Costello AO

    2022 Investigator Lecture - Keynote from Reverend Tim Costello AO

    We are an interconnected and interdependent world. A crisis in one country can quickly impact the health, cultures and economies of societies around the globe.

    The war in Ukraine. The conflict in Syria. The COVID-19 pandemic. Each of these crises has resulted in significant localised and immediate emergency situations, which have later spread to cause vast and wide-reaching global impacts upon business, trade, political landscapes, and societal health and wellbeing, just to name a few.

    So, what is the fallout of these global emergencies and how well equipped are we to respond to and combat future crises?

    Facilitated by Jess Adamson, the 2022 Investigator Lecture featured Reverend Tim Costello - one of Australia’s most respected community leaders and a sought-after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics along with a panel of experts including Professor Paul Arbon AM, PhD FACN, FAAN, Professor Leonard Notaras AO and Erick Tlozek.

    https://www.flinders.edu.au/engage/culture/investigator-lecture

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    • 20 min
    Climate Science: Weathering the storms of the future

    Climate Science: Weathering the storms of the future

    Our latest Fearless Conversations explores what the Federal Government’s new climate change bill, which is committed to a 43% emissions reduction by 2030, will mean outside of Parliament and how extreme weather events and changes to seasonal conditions affect our community and economy, as well as specific industries such as agriculture.

    In recognition of National Science Week (13 – 21 August) you will hear from experts who have turned their passion into practice by dedicating their careers to either studying the earth’s weather and ocean patterns or creating a more sustainable world for all.

    Our expert panel includes Associate Professor Cassandra Star, Senior Lecturer Dr Graziela Miot da Silva, Malcolm Leask, Owner and Director of McLaren Vale winery Hither & Yon, SA’s first carbon neutral certified wine brand and Peter Nattrass, Manager, Future Industries at Department for Energy and Mining.

    The discussion is facilitated by 7NEWS Journalist and Presenter, Jane Doyle OAM.

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    • 58 min
    Innovative Education and Pedagogy

    Innovative Education and Pedagogy

    Join us for an important conversation about the state of education in South Australia and whether our children and young people are on the right track for a bright, resilient, and successful future.

    Are we designing quality pedagogy - the method of teaching - and supporting our next generation of teachers and educational professionals?

    How are digital technologies and new innovations influencing learning and how do we ensure the outdoors are still a crucial part of a child's learning environment?

    In this engaging discussion, we'll also explore the impact of the massive disruption the COVID-19 pandemic has on education and how it has shifted the physical, social and emotional domains of learning.

    The expert panel includes Martin Westwell, Chief Executive, Department for Education and Flinders University represented by Joss Rankin, a Senior Lecturer in Physical and Outdoor Education, and an advocate for health and wellbeing in young people, and Dr Andrew Bills, Lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Your Financial Security: Who is in control?

    Your Financial Security: Who is in control?

    View this important conversation about the factors behind financial security and what might impact the stability of your future. This Fearless discussion explores the hot topics around superannuation, including what retirement looks like for most Australians today and why the medium super balance is more for men than women.

    Our expert panel explores price rises in the cost of essential goods such as electricity, gas, housing and petrol and how this is impacting Australian households today. Finally, we'll delve into cryptocurrencies and NFTs - what exactly is behind the hype, and more importantly, should we still be paying attention?

    This Fearless Conversation is facilitated by 7NEWS Journalist and Presenter, Mark Soderstrom, and Flinders University will be represented by Dr Michelle Yeong, Senior Lecturer in Accounting in the College of Business, Government and Law. Also joining our panel are business leaders David Robertson, Chief Economist, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Nick Peacock, Director of Milestone Project Management and Tristan Barnes, South Australian State Manager, UniSuper Advice.

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    • 1 hr