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.

For event enquiries please contact events@newcastle.edu.au

Upcoming events

There are currently no events.

Past events

The 'Lucky Country'

The 'Lucky Country'

This event occurred on Tuesday 1 June 2021

Join esteemed social psychologist Hugh Mackay AO, Professor Catharine Coleborne and their panel of emerging and established experts in thoughtful debate, questions and analysis of what a kind, loving and advancing community looks like in our country, and the barriers we face as a society.

In Conversation with Dr Alan Finkel AO

In Conversation with Dr Alan Finkel AO

This event occurred on Wednesday 26 May 2021

Join Dr Alan Finkel AO and Dr Jessica Allen as they discuss the vast opportunities available through low emissions technology, provide insights into government and technology directions, and explore how regional industries might respond.

Building Resilience

Building Resilience

This event occurred on Wednesday 21 April 2021

Join Shane Fitzsimmons, Commissioner of Resilience NSW, and Lord Mayor Cr Nuatali Nelmes and their panel of experts as they discuss sustainable development issues, design and policy directions both within our direct communities and in our neighbouring regions - locally and globally.

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.

Climate Change in Challenging Times

Climate Change in Challenging Times

This event occurred on Tuesday 22 September 2020

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.

The Engaged University

The Engaged University

This event occurred on Tuesday 27 October 2020

Join Professor Janet Nelson as she examines how researchers collaborate with community partners to leverage the unique history of our region.

Black Lives Still Matter

Black Lives Still Matter

This event occurred on Tuesday 24 November 2020

Join Nathan Towney and Loren Collyer for a panel discussion on how we can all contribute to positive change in our communities.

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The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.