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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Maths genuis returns home to give Mahler Lecture

Friday, 20 September 2013

Distinguished mathematician Professor Akshay Venkatesh will return to his alma mater next week to deliver the Mahler Lecture on the curious subject of prime numbers.

Marian Stamp Dawkins

Ethicist to discuss food production and animal welfare

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Efficient production and security are important elements for the future of food, but will the push for agricultural efficiency lead to lower standards of animal welfare?

In a free public lecture at The University of Western Australia on Wednesday night, renowned ethicist Marian Stamp Dawkins will discuss the implications of future food production for animal welfare.

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UWA lecture to look at Things that Liberate

Monday, 19 August 2013

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.

W/Professor Kadambot Siddique

Where will our food come from in 2050?

Monday, 5 August 2013

The Year 2050 might seem far away, but the current generation of children will only be in their forties and will raising families.  

ACHRC Survey Builds a Picture of Humanities-based Research in Australia

Thursday, 4 July 2013

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.

Professor Ian Chubb

Chief scientist urges more thought for the future

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

The importance of science to Australia's future and its place in the world will be the subject of a free public lecture next month by Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb.