Despite significant increases in public debate about gender equality and the empowerment of women, progress towards equality for women is slow.
Julie McKay, 2013 Young Australian of the Year (ACT), will give the 2014 Grace Vaughan Memorial Lecture on Monday night, 14 April, outlining her vision for equality, focussing on the key levers for accelerating progress towards gender equality.
Should we be eating more fish for a healthy brain? Scientist Michael Crawford, Director of the London Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition will discuss the importance of marine life to the future of human development in a free public lecture at the Maritime Museum Fremantle on 10 November.
Wild marine fisheries comprise approximately 15% of all animal protein in the human diet, however, the world now faces a global fishing crisis. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 70% of all commercially important marine fish stocks are fully fished, overexploited, or depleted.
The Law of the Sea is one of the oldest areas of
international law and underpinned by the fundamental principle of freedom of
the seas, however this principle has not necessarily benefited marine species. As
recent events have shown, conservation and management of marine species has
been made more challenging because of the law's support for exploration and
What kinds of objects can be said to have changed the world? In a free public lecture at The University of Western Australia this Tuesday 20 August, Professor Alison Bartlett will talk about ‘things that liberate', that is, some of the objects that have changed Australian women's lives through their association with the women's movement and feminism since 1970.
Humanities research in Australia is about to become better understood with the results of a preliminary survey of Australian Humanities-based research centres launched by the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC) at their Annual Meeting, this year hosted in Perth at the Institute of Advanced Studies at The University of Western Australia on July 7-9.
In a free public talk at The University of Western Australia, Playwright David Milroy will explore some of the dimensions of fire as it has shaped his experience of the land, as a Palyku and a Western Australian.
Which ideas have shaped the past century and what are the new ideas that will influence the next hundred years? Leading researchers from the fields of architecture, technology and art, history, music and Australian literature will come together to discuss this question at the 2013 Manning Clark House Day of Ideas "Illuminating Thoughts – 1913, 2013, 2113" to be held at The University of Western Australia on 8 February.
Both Shark Bay, Western Australia and Florida Bay, Miami, are home to subtropical marine environments with similar geological chemical and biological characteristics but, according to The University of Western Australia's leading marine ecologist, we're not taking advantage of science that could lead to better sustainable management of these bays.
Egalitarianism, the idea that each person has equal worth;
that any limitations on achievement and ability to share in society's goods
should be systematically broken down, is a goal that UWA's Winthrop Professor Carmen
Lawrence has always been passionately committed to achieving.
In this year's Reid Oration, Dr Lawrence,
who served on the recent Commonwealth review of school funding in Australia,
will discuss the importance of equality in education.