Sydney’s top academics to turn the city’s bars into classrooms this month

Following a successful Sydney edition last year, internationally recognised keynote concept Raising the Bar will once again be taking over the city’s favourite drinking holes for the third year in a row. The concept is simple really: facilitated by the University of Sydney, a total of 20 academics will be spread across a program of 20 talks, each taking place in one of ten different bars across the city. It’s basically going to a lecture, but instead of that lecture being a drab half-empty theatre it is amongst a very, very well-stocked selection of booze.

This year’s program of talks tackle a wide range of topics across politics, pop culture and technology, from robots and gambling to refugees, memes and body clocks. Each night of the program will feature two different sessions – 6:30pm and 8pm – so those who missed out on all the fun last year have a better chance at squeezing into the talks this year.

“Research discoveries find a new life when they are communicated within a real-world context far broader than the one provided by the confines of the University”, offered Raising the Bar speaker Dr Naseem Ahmadpour of USYD’s School of Architecture, Design and Planning, who will be presenting “Fitbits: healthy habits or expensive accessories” at PS40 this year. “Raising the Bar helps researchers achieve that”.

Other academics participating include Associate Professor Fabio Ramos, presenting “Me, my robot and I” at Trinity Bar; Dr Rodney Taveira, talking “US Politics: A meme made in heaven” at The Carrington; and Professor Mary Crook discussing refugees and enforceable human rights protection, which will also be held at The Carrington.

Tickets to each talk are available now from the official website

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