Sydney Ideas is the University of Sydney's premier public lecture series program, bringing the world's leading thinkers and the latest research to the wider Sydney community.
Invisible Infrared: Connecting the James Webb Space Telescope & Climate Change
Join Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Professor Peter Tuthill on a guided tour of the latest photos from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) – our Infrared Eye in the Sky. The JWST is NASA’s largest and most powerful space science telescope ever constructed and Peter Tuthill is the only Australian to have an experiment on it - a tremendous feat!
See stars romancing and dancing, being born, growing up, dying and giving birth to new stars. The JWST might even answer the big question – “does life exist outside the Earth?”
Through the lens of astronomy, we also explore fresh angles on planetary climates. The physics that control planetary atmospheres – temperatures and energy budgets for matter and radiation - is straight-forward. Our planetary siblings (Venus and Mars) started well, but ended hot and cold. On Earth, we humans have tipped the energy budget so that today, as compared to 1850, the Earth’s atmosphere takes in an extra 600,000 Hiroshima atom bombs of infrared heat from the Sun – each and every day! The good news is that with today’s technologies, we can stop, and reverse, climate change.
This Sydney Ideas event was held on Wednesday 7 September 2022 at the Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium.
To view the video of the event, to see the slides, demonstration and captions, please go to the Sydney Ideas website.
How AI Is Changing Medical Practice
Sydney Ideas welcomes back Professor Frank Pasquale (Brooklyn Law School), a leading author and academic on the law of artificial intelligence (AI), algorithms, and machine learning. He is joined by local experts to unpack the challenges and advantages of AI and how it is changing medical practice.
The potential for AI and its ability to improve how healthcare is delivered is well documented. From supporting the patient experience and how they access healthcare services, to assisting practitioners in avoiding errors, AI can enable healthcare systems to offer better care to more people. However, we’ll only take full advantage of what AI has to offer, with wise policy choices.
How can governmental and other authorities better support the development of quality AI for diagnosis and clinical decision making? Do we have the systems in place to make the meaningful changes needed for doctors and hospital administrators to take genuine advantage of the potential of AI? What are the challenges they face?
Hear from Frank Pasquale, author of New Laws of Robotics: Defending Human Expertise in the Age of AI (Harvard University Press, 2020) followed by a conversation with Associate Professor and Paediatric Anaesthetist, Justin Skowno and Professor of law and a specialist at the intersection of law and technology, Kimberlee Weatherall (moderator).
This Sydney Ideas event was held online, on Monday 25 July 2022.
To view the event page, please go to this link: https://bit.ly/3ONVKA0
Can there be a different kind of politics? 2022 federal election series: Part 2
How will the new government deliver on its promises? Respected journalist Nick Bryant hosts this conversation with Sally Sitou, Member for Reid; Kylea Tink, Member for North Sydney; Constitutional reform expert; Anne Twomey; and political theorist Tim Soutphommasane.
On being elected, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese promised to create a government that doesn’t “seek to divide” and one that will “change the way” politics operates in Australia; to lead with integrity.
With a record 10 women in his cabinet, a promise to enshrine a First Nations Voice to parliament and a commitment towards mitigating the impacts of climate change, the new government have set themselves strong targets.
Can there truly be a reset in how politics is run in this country? How can this new government “bring people together” beyond the rhetoric and slogans? What do they need to get right before their first year is up and how can the new voices in parliament set a course for change?
Hear from an expert panel including:
- Sally Sitou, Member for Reid
- Professor Tim Soutphommasane, political theorist, Culture Strategy - Director and Acting Director of Sydney Policy Lab
- Kylea Tink, Member for North Sydney
- Professor Anne Twomey, Professor of Constitutional Law and Director, Constitutional Reform Unit at Sydney Law School
- Nick Bryant, journalist and Senior Policy Fellow at Sydney Policy Lab
This event was held on Wednesday 20 July, 2022 and presented with Sydney Policy Lab. To view the event page please go to: https://bit.ly/3PMWZk8
Wild weather, lost land and persistent pollutants
Renowned environmental scientist, Professor Emma Johnston AO, the co-chief author of the 2021 Australian State of Environment Report and the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) is joined by her co-authors to discuss key findings of the report and what is in store for our environment and wellbeing.
The extreme weather events from the past few years have shown that our future depends on healthy rivers, forests, soils and seas, which is why it is crucial to understand exactly what is at stake. The State of the Environment (SOE) report, a five-yearly independent review, commissioned by the Australian Government, is a critical piece in the puzzle. Its independent analysis from a team of scientific experts, offers a clear framework on how to address the myriad environmental issues we face and the projected future of our environment.
Professor Johnston is one of Australia’s most distinguished environmental scientists, an elected fellow of both the Australian Academy of Science (AAS) and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). She also co-hosts the television series, Coast Australia, exploring the country's coastline.
Also joining the conversation will be SOE co-authors Dr Terri Janke, a Wuthathi/Meriam woman and an international authority on Indigenous cultural and intellectual property; the chair of the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute, leading environmental scientist, Dr Ian Cresswell; and Dr Sarah Hill, CEO of the Western Parkland City Authority. Moderated by Sydney Ideas Head of Programming, Fenella Kernebone.
The 2021 SOE report is the first to include Indigenous co-authors and is the first to have a chapter explicitly focused on Extreme Events (bushfires, floods, heatwaves, droughts, storms).
This Sydney Ideas event was held on Thursday 21 July, 2022 at the Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium, University of Sydney.
To view the event page please go to this link: https://bit.ly/3PVt3C6
Teela Reid: Reconcile what? Why white Australia needs to rectify its wrongs
Why are we a nation that has not yet recognised the First People, and what can we do to take action?
Teela Reid, proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman, lawyer and the University of Sydney's inaugural Indigenous Practitioner-in-Residence, examines the hard questions that cut to the legitimacy of our democracy on the eve of the fifth anniversary of Uluru Statement from the Heart.
Teela was joined in a conversation moderated by Billi FitzSimons, Editor of The Daily Aus.
Professor Simon Bronitt, Head and Dean of Sydney Law School, introduced the event and a Welcome to County provided by Michael West from Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC). You can view the full event via the Sydney Ideas website: https://bit.ly/3x7mrJp
Dr Kakenya Ntaiya: Empowering girls and women in education
Hear from global leader Dr Kakenya Ntaiya, scholar, social activist and 2021/2022 Senior Fellow at Brown University.
Kakenya is the founder of Kakenya's Dream, an international nonprofit organisation that seeks to educate girls, end harmful traditional practices including female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage, and transform her community.
This Sydney Ideas event also features:
– Peyian Kortom, final year Bachelor of Science and Liberal Arts student at the University of Sydney
– Cynthia Naiyoma, first year Bachelor of Nursing student at UTS
– Lisa McIntyre, Founder of Women for Change
– Professor Renae Ryan (host), Academic Director of Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Program at the University of Sydney.
This event was held on 19 May 2022. For more information, visit the Sydney Ideas website: https://bit.ly/3wOLeD7
Sydney Ideas / audio quality
I'm a keen listener to your podcasts but the audio is often problematic e.g. Speakers different voice volume and capture/poor capture by the microphone but mainly the absence of a roving microphone to catch the discussion with the audience. Hearing the audience questions and responses are important to these fine discussions. A bit of technical help would earn six stars. Thank you.
Audio quality is poor and at best patchy.