Bruce Thom

Eminent Scientist to discuss the future of our coastline

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Bruce Thom AM, known as the founding father of the Australian Coastal Society (Ltd.), will give this year’s prestigious Joseph Gentilli Memorial Lecture as part of UWA’s Research Week. Professor Thom, Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney, will reflect on the future for coastal science in Australia.


Sleep disorders and the shape of your face

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Sleep disorders are estimated to cost the Australian health system $5.1 billion annually. More than half of this cost is associated with sleep apnoea which is associated with snoring and repeated periods of ‘choking’ during sleep.

Maintaining quality of life as we age

Monday, 10 August 2015

Increasing life expectancy has been one of the greatest successes of the modern era, but do the additional years of life mean extra years of morbidity and disability for older people? Is there evidence for interventions to prevent disability and maintain wellbeing to very high age?

Professor Hans Lambers

Preserving Biodiversity in Our Native Gardens and Verges

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

South-western Australia is a global biodiversity hotspot, where the greatest plant diversity is found on the most severely phosphorus-impoverished soils in Kwongan (or Kwongkan).

Peter Singer

The Most Good You Can Do: An evening with philosopher Peter Singer

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Australian-born philosopher Peter Singer, once described by the New Yorker as”… the most controversial philosopher alive” will visit UWA on 14 July to give a public talk on what he calls ‘Effective Altruism’.


Enhancing Serendipity in the Digital Humanities

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Serendipity often plays a significant role for humanities researchers – or at least their research tends to incorporate the making of what appear to be accidental or fortuitous connections between apparently unrelated phenomena. In a digital environment dominated by the single search box, how can this kind of approach be encouraged and designed for?

Asian Studies - Hong Kong

UWA Vice-Chancellor awards personal chairs in Asian studies

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

The University of Western Australia Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Johnson marked the 50th anniversary of the Faculty of Arts building and the university's ongoing commitment to research collaboration and wider engagement in the region by awarding three ‘personal chairs' in Asian Studies to senior staff. The positions highlight the significance of Australia's relationship with Indonesia, Japan and Korea.

Sumatra tsunami

A decade of developments in tsunami science

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

A decade on from the devastating and unprecedented 2004 Tsunami that hit Indian Ocean countries, The University of Western Australia's Professor Chari Pattiaratchi will present a public lecture tonight on the advances in tsunami science and lessons learnt.

The Western Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle

Invitation to explore the deep ocean

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Join The University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute and the Institute of Advanced Studies in a celebration of our ocean community at the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle next weekend (Saturday 25 October 2014).

danse macabre fresco

Symposium to remind us of our mortality

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Memento Mori, often translated from the Latin as ‘remember your mortality', will be the subject of discussion at the 2014 Manning Clark House Day of Ideas symposium to be held at The University of Western Australia this Friday 17 October.

Statue of couple embracing

Intimacy/autonomy and living apart together

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Living apart together - or being in a relationship but not sharing a home - is a lifestyle that attracts about nine per cent of adults in the UK, with similar numbers in the industrialised world.

Crown of Tilya Tepe

Spotlight on the Hidden Treasures of Afghanistan

Monday, 7 July 2014

The rich and diverse culture of Afghanistan will be the subject of a series of exciting free public events co-sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Studies at The University of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum.

Chief Scientist of WA Professor Peter Klinken.

Peter Klinken appointed new Chief Scientist of WA

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett today announced the appointment of The University of Western Australia's Professor Peter Klinken as the new Chief Scientist of Western Australia, the third UWA researcher to be appointed to the role.

Joan of Arc

The trials of Joan of Arc

Monday, 9 June 2014

The story of Joan of Arc has attained mythological status, but how much do we really know about the celebrated French heroine?

Hannah Arendt

Public talk to discuss the story of the twentieth century’s most controversial philosophical idea

Thursday, 24 April 2014

The fascinating life and work of the Hannah Arendt, political theorist and author of one of the twentieth century's most controversial philosophical ideas: ‘the banality of evil', will be the subject of a free public talk at The University of Western Australia next Tuesday 29 April.

Julie Mckay

Young achiever to outline a roadmap for equality

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

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.

Peggy Fiedler

Visiting biologist to discuss the importance of conservation partnerships

Monday, 3 March 2014

Visiting plant conservation biologist, Dr Peggy Fiedler, Director of the Natural Reserve System at the University of California will visit The University of Western Australia on 13 March to give a public lecture on the important role of field stations and research centres.


Food, Evolution and the Future

Monday, 4 November 2013

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.

Fred Allendorf

Genetic effects threaten the sustainability of marine fisheries

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

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.

Prof Erika Techera

The Law of the Sea and marine species protection

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

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 exploitation.