The University of Newcastle, Australia

Our vision is to be a world-leading university for our regions. Our Looking Ahead Strategic Plan 2020-2025 is our blueprint to achieving that vision.

When we look ahead, we are motivated by the opportunities we see. We are driven by the challenges we need to solve. And we are stirred by the future we can imagine.

A future where Australia's First Peoples are empowered and enjoy true equality. A future where anyone who has the drive and talent to succeed is given the opportunity to study. A future where our research benefits our local communities as well as our fellow global citizens. A future where our environment is safeguarded and at the heart of all our big decisions.

The Looking Ahead Lecture Series will allow our communities to be part of our journey toward this future. Keynote lectures and panel discussions will open the doors to the great thinking and innovation that goes on at our university – important work that is locally and globally relevant.

Upcoming lectures topics and speakers are listed below.

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Upcoming events

Looking Ahead Lecture Series

Event • 22 Sep 2020 from 5:15pm - 6:30pm

Climate Change In Challenging Times

Join revolutionary Professor Paul Dastoor as he explores how the current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of the global environment and the urgent role that scientific research and technology development must play in building a sustainable future.

Past events

The Paradox of a Pandemic

The Paradox of a Pandemic

This event occurred on Tuesday 28 July 2020

Join transformative leader Professor John Fischetti as he explores the paradoxes of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Better Healthier Living

Better Healthier Living

This event occurred on Tuesday 25 August 2020

Join Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin as she examines the impact bushfires, drought and COVID-19 have had on our mental health and how we build resilience as a community to withstand growing and continual challenge.

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