Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series (GLS) is a lively program of events for alumni and community members. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

Listen to podcasts of previous GLS events click here

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Minerals, materials and a sustainable future

28 November 2019 6:00pm8:00pm
In an exciting first for UQ, our final GLS event for the year is in partnership with the ABC for subsequent broadcast. With UQ's Professor Peter Greste in the chair, an expert panel will unpack the sustainability challenges posed by mining.
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The microplastics invasion

12 September 2019 6:00pm8:00pm
Tiny particles of plastic are seemingly everywhere: So-called microplastics have been found in the ocean, tap water, bottled water, soil and the air we breathe. Microplastics in the oceans are ingested by aquatic life and enter the food chain. Indeed, microplastics have been detected in seafood, including tuna, lobster and oysters. Humans are also likely exposed to microplastics as a result of plastic contamination from food packaging or processing.

Principles and profits: ethics in the 21st century

21 August 2019 6:00pm8:00pm
Ethics is at the heart of every contemporary social crisis, whether we realise it or not. From the Financial Services Royal Commission, to the use of technology, to the treatment of vulnerable people, ethical frameworks have unfortunately been manipulated, cherry-picked and at times abandoned to justify unethical actions.
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Can we keep the next pandemic at bay?

18 July 2019 6:00pm8:00pm
We live in uncertain times, a time of fast change and rapid internationalisation. Uncertain times in which we are very cognisant to the possibility of a terrorist attack, a cyber-cataclysm, or a natural disaster. However, just as devastating and just as capable of visiting destruction on entire communities in a matter of hours is an outbreak of infectious disease that rapidly crosses international borders.
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Crossing borders: the global refugee crisis

20 June 2019 6:00pm8:00pm
As of January 2019, there were 68.5 million forcibly displaced people in the world, including 25.4 million refugees who have fled their homes to escape violence and persecution. This includes 40 million who are displaced but still within the borders of their home country. This is the sixth consecutive record year since the number was first tracked after World War 2.

Mighty microbiome

9 May 2019 6:00pm8:00pm
It seems everywhere you turn today, you can’t help hearing about the 'microbiome'. Most people know this has something to do with bugs (microbes) that live inside us and play an important role in our health. Why all the interest now and does diet affect our microbiome?

Are we losing the art of the written word?

17 April 2019 6:00pm8:00pm
This lecture and panel discussion will explore whether technological and cultural changes are threatening or strengthening the written word.  A linguist, social media expert, journalist and author will come together to consider these challenges from different angles, discussing the changing profile of writing in different genres and media.
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The science of sleep

19 March 2019 6:00pm8:00pm
We spend approximately a third of our lives asleep: that's roughly twenty-five years we could spend awake and living, and yet evolution has fettered us to hours spent every night in our most vulnerable state - unconscious and unaware.
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Investigative journalism in the era of fake news

20 November 2018 6:00pm8:00pm
The future of democracy depends on the free and fair flow of information, of transparency in our institutions of all kinds. Investigative journalism shines a light on the systems that form the basis of our society and government. Two experts in the field will share their experiences in the industry.
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Biobanking and the growth in personalised medicine

4 September 2018 6:00pm8:00pm
Two of UQ's leading researchers will discuss the benefits of biobanking - the process of collecting samples of bodily fluid or tissue. These samples are later used to help fight disease in a personalised approach.
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3D printing: a new frontier for regenerative dentistry

9 August 2018 6:00pm8:00pm
3D printing is not a new technology however using it to print live tissues and cells is a recent development.
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Venomous mystery: turning venoms into medicine

17 July 2018 6:00pm
Experts from UQ's Institute for Molecular Biology are investigating how animal venom can uncover new treatments for pain, stroke and epilepsy.
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The Future of Travel

20 February 2018 6:00pm8:00pm