Neuroscientist Prof Seth Grant explains how genetics gave rise to the modern human brain, and how the very complexity that characterises our brains makes them vulnerable to neurological diseases that reveal themselves in mental illness. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.
Accounting standard setter and reformer Sir David Tweedie discusses the importance to national economies of global standards of corporate reporting and valuation. He also explains the challenges to having such common standards adopted by individual nation states. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.
Public governance and health care reform researcher Assoc Prof Helen Dickinson describes the benefits of getting doctors into positions of leadership in medical organisations and national health care systems. Challenges include luring candidates from the clinic to the executive suite, and providing training to doctors in managerial methods. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.
Cultural historian Prof Jo Labanyi discusses accounts of atrocities and persecution that took place during and after the Spanish Civil War, and explains why 75 years after war's end the memories of the period are so highly contested. Presented by Elisabeth Lopez.
Stanford economist Prof. Anat Admati talks about how poor regulation and a lack of political will are endangering the global banking system, and why banks remain âaddictedâ to debt to fund their often highly profitable business. Presented by Eric van Bemmel.
Sociologist Prof. Nikolas Rose explores how scientific developments have changed conceptions of human identity and governance, and what this means for our political, socio-economic and legal futures. Presented by Lynne Haultain.
Conservation ecologist Assoc. Prof. Brendan Wintle considers the difficult questions and dilemmas that arise in decisions around species and ecosystem conservation, and whether a monetary value can or should be applied to nature. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.
Social policy researcher Prof Karen Rowlingson discusses the growing inequality in income and wealth in the developed world, how it's researched, and its implications for society and individuals. Presented by Lynne Haultain.
Human rights and international law expert Professor Hilary Charlesworth, says that Australia's appointment to the UN Human Rights Council gives the country an opportunity to examine its own human rights record.