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.

2020 Global Leadership Series Program
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Webinar - Creativity in the time of COVID-19

Thursday 18 June 2020  6:00pm - 7:00pm

In the midst of a global pandemic and upheaval that comes with it, creative pursuits can be bogged down by uncertainty, anxiety and isolation. How can one write about the world when it looks so different than it did a few months ago?



Image of pillsIs it addiction?

Tuesday 25 August 2020  6:00pm - 8:00pm

What are we addicted to, the how, and the why. Our expert panellists will touch on the processes that underlie addiction and why our decision-making becomes problematic. 


Image of trumpUS election: Trump vs ___

Thursday 10 September 2020  6:00pm - 8:00pm

The election of Donald Trump to arguably the most powerful presidency in the world sent shockwaves through the global community. While many rejoiced his challenging of the global order from NATO to China, others feared he lacked the temperament and judgment to lead the US on the world stage. Our experts will lay out the issues and possibilities, and what the great powers of the past can tell us about the future. 

Image of a robotic eyeWill robots outsmart us?

Tuesday 17 November 2020  6:00pm - 8:00pm

For decades human-like robots have graced our screens. Performing everyday tasks, acting as servants and even sometimes forming complex plans to eradicate humanity. What are some of the ethical, legal and economic ramifications of AI applications?