What comes next? | Sciences

What comes next? | Sciences

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Roundhouse, UNSW Sydney

UNSW Sydney

Kensington, NSW 2052


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How can we help ourselves for a future plagued with uncertainty? Immerse yourself in the science looking bravely to the future.

About this event


The 21st century has been plagued with one crisis after another – a global pandemic, climate catastrophes, economic turmoil and senseless violence. So how do we equip ourselves for what’s around the corner?

To forge our path through this uncertainty, hear from five UNSW Sydney thinkers who are discovering the benefits of fighting fungal infections, the secrets of solar energy, the potential healing powers of magic mushrooms in mental health, and how X-ray vision might help us transition to a renewable economy.

Could ‘magic’ mushrooms become medical mushrooms? | ​​​​​Adam Bayes

More than 264 million people worldwide have depression. But for many people struggling with severe or treatment-resistant depression, standard therapies may not work. Could psychedelics play a role in managing mental health?

The secret to fighting fungal infection | ​​​​​Bianca Briscas

Nearly 400 years ago, scientists made the groundbreaking discovery that fungi were all around us, on us, and inside us too. So why is our current arsenal against fungal infection so limited?

Unlocking the future of supportive care | ​​​​​Jennifer Cohen

While many of us are looking forward to the end of Zoom calls, for those who are critically ill, rapid developments in digital technology fostered by the pandemic can mean an end to social isolation.

X-ray vision: revealing secrets to sustainability | ​​​​​Patrick Tung

As we’re rapidly shifting towards an economy fuelled by renewables, is tomography – a technology similar to CAT scans in hospitals – the secret to unlocking an even more sustainable future?

Unleashing the power of solar energy | ​​​​​Ivan Perez Wurfl

Australia is well known as the sunburnt country, so why aren’t we taking advantage of the limitless solar power beaming down on our great southern land?

Live Event & Venue

The Roundhouse is located at UNSW Sydney's Kensington Campus (E6 on map).

Please note this is a live event only, and will not be available via livestream.

Visitor Safety Information

The health and safety of our patrons is our top priority, and this event will abide by the Public Health Order prevailing at the time. Please follow our conditions of entry, and check back here for updated information prior to the event.

  • Do not attend the event if you feel unwell, have recently experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
  • Face masks are recommended.


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. Patrons wishing to utilise this need to simply switch their hearing aid to the T (Telecoil) setting to pick up on the wireless signal.

Auslan & Captioning

Auslan interpreting services and/or live captioning can be provided for selected talks upon request.

Parking & Public Transport

The Roundhouse is easily accessible via public transport. Call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or visit transportnsw.info.

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


For all enquiries, please email centreforideas@unsw.edu.au or call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9065 0485.

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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