New Professors Talk public lectures are a chance for the community to hear firsthand from UON's world-leading researchers and subject-matter experts speaking on topics that affect us all.

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Think Big, Start Small and Move Quickly: Ways to Make Things Happen

In this lecture, Professor Zelinsky will reflect on the lessons learned in innovation in a career that spans leadership in industry, government and now the university sector. He will draw upon examples of technology successes and failures during his career.

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Architecture's Elusive Impact on Vitality

In this lecture, Professor Pia Ednie-Brown will argue that the nature of environmental complexity requires us to forego the desire for final answers. Instead, she outlines how we can benefit from shifting our attention away from the ‘finished’ built product, and toward built environments that remain open to change.

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Mothers Behind Bars: The Silent Epidemic

Thursday, 18 July 2019, 05:30 pm

In this lecture, Professor Elizabeth Sullivan explores, from a public health perspective, health inequality, incarceration and mothering for women in prison.

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The Backroads of Artificial Intelligence

Thursday, 30 May 2019, 06:00 pm

Through a depiction of three global ‘scenes’, Professor Duncan McDuie-Ra will follow the uptake of AI along its backroads, exploring the mobilities of technology, its promises, and its missing geographies; and the people and places enmeshed along the way.

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Autonomous Vehicles: Fact Vs Fiction

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 06:00 pm

In this free public lecture, Professor Pammer will explore the extraordinary potential, risks and benefits of autonomous vehicles.

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Harnessing Nanotechnology for Global Challenges

Thursday, 22 November 2018, 06:00 pm

Professor Ajayan Vinu will explore the development, capabilities, and current and future applications of nanotechnology for his personal motto of “save the world and help the people”.

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Testosterone and Male Health - The Elixir of Life?

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 06:00 pm

Professor Lee Smith will explore the science behind testosterone, look at some of its more esoteric roles, and how recent increases in our understanding may lead to improved therapies to promote fertility and lifelong male health.

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First 1000 Days: Trajectories to a healthy future

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 06:00 pm

Professor Craig Pennell will discuss a new research programme, Newcastle 1000, aiming to overcome the rising global burden of non-communicable diseases – such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, allergies, poor mental health and cancer – through a healthy start to life.

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Future-proofing Youth Health

Thursday 27 September 2018 - The Conservatorium

Mass gatherings of young people, such as outdoor music festivals and Schoolies Week, are key sites for serious public health issues including excessive alcohol consumption and drug use.

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Why Cyber Security matters to everyone

Wednesday 29 November 2017 - I2N Hub Williamtown

Cyberspace continues to transform the way we live and do business. Securing cyberspace has become a critical need in the 21st century to enable people, enterprises and governments to interact and conduct their business.

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25 ways to spot an expert

Thursday 12 October 2017 - The Conservatorium

How can you tell who is really an expert? We cannot readily test them as they know more than we do. Awaiting the outcome of their advice may take days, months, or years; would you wait for five years to determine whether your dentist is effective?

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A bright, green future for the Hunter

Thursday 14 September 2017 - The Conservatorium

As it transitions from coal fired power, it can be argued that the Hunter region could become the national model for transition to a sustainable green economy with food, energy, water and climate at its heart.

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Technology and social change

Thursday 13 July 2017 - The Conservatorium

Humans are more socially, economically, politically and technologically interdependent than at any time in history and yet inequality, instability and unsustainability remain.

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We breathe what we eat

Thursday 15 June 2017 - The Conservatorium

Prof Wood is a Registered Nutritionist and Nutritional Biochemist, whose research focuses on investigating nutritional approaches to managing respiratory disease, with a particular interest in asthma.

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New drugs from old bugs

Thursday 11 May 2017 - The Conservatorium

One of the greatest challenges in medicine is the provision of new antibiotics in the face of increasing resistance. One solution may prove to be natural product biosynthetic engineering to create unnatural antibiotics, antivirals, and immunosuppressants.

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