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How can we thrive in the 21st century?

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Roundhouse, UNSW Sydney

Anzac Parade

Kensington, NSW 2052

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How can we thrive in the 21st century?

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We have begun the 21st century hurtling full speed towards a future that feels deeply uncertain. One of global pandemics, climate emergencies, and deeply divided politics. It’s easy to feel the odds are stacked against us. So as we confront massive disruptions in our environment, in technology and in the world in which we live, what can we do to equip ourselves to face the future and thrive in the 21st century?

Across two evenings of short talks, discover the science behind quantum computing, the secret to unlocking the brain, the dark side of renewables, and how weeds could save the world, as UNSW brightest minds challenge us to think about how we might not just survive, but thrive in this time of uncertainty.

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TUESDAY 6 JULY

Discover the science behind quantum computing, the new frontier of education and how game theory and tree hugging could solve the climate crisis.

  • Isabella Dobrescu & Alberto Motta | Education reloaded
  • Danielle Holmes | The quantum leap in artificial intelligence
  • Bernardo García Pola | Think local, act global
  • Bronwen Morgan | Legal imagination
  • Matthew Priestly | Why a smarter grid is key to a renewable future
  • Tema Milstein | Nature freaks

WEDNESDAY 7 JULY

Discover the dark side of renewables, the secret to unlocking the brain, and how weeds could save the world.

  • Andy Symington | The fight for sustainable renewables
  • Felix Aplin| Building better brains
  • Zoe Xirocostas | What we can learn from weeds
  • Joyce Wu | Ending violence against women
  • Fiacre Rougieux | The solar energy future is already here...
  • Kate Faasse | This talk may cause side effects

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Wheelchair Accessible

The Roundhouse is located at UNSW Sydney's Kensington Campus (E6 on map). The closest accessible drop off point to the Roundhouse is the north entrance (D5 on map). Vehicles need to arrive via Gate 2 on High Street, follow the road to Third Avenue, and turn onto 1st Avenue West. The closest accessible parking is available in the Western Campus Car Park on Anzac Parade (G2 on map).

Assisted Listening

The Roundhouse has a hearing loop.

Auslan

The Centre for Ideas can provide Auslan interpreting services for selected talks upon request.

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Parking

There are multiple carparks at UNSW Sydney including:

  • Western Campus Carpark with entry off Day Avenue
  • Barker St Carpark with entry through Gate 14
  • Botany St Carpark with entry through Gate 11

Paid casual and visitor parking is offered via the CellOPark App and ‘pay by plate meters’. For more information head here.

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For event enquiries or to discuss your access requirements, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485 or email centreforideas@unsw.edu.au.

The Centre for Ideas is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9065 0485. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9065 0485. Internet relay users, visit relayservice.gov.au, then ask for 02 9065 0485.

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Roundhouse, UNSW Sydney

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The UNSW Centre for Ideas presents a thought-provoking program of events and digital content from the globe's leading thinkers, authors and artists. An initiative of UNSW Sydney, the Centre is a new platform to champion the critical place of universities in leading open and informed debate.

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