On International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia, Michael Kirby discussed the public's changing attitudes to queer Australians. While homophobia continues to decline in Australia, Justice Kirby also mentioned hostility to gay people that was evident during the same-sex marriage survey. He also spoke to Swinburne Law School students and academics, encouraging students to make themselves stand-out and pursue issues that involved helping others.
Photo caption: L to R: Dr Peter Robinson (Senior Lecturer in History and Sociology, Swinburne); the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG (former Justice of the High Court of Australia); the Hon. Philip Cummins AM (Chair, Victorian Law Reform Commission); Professor Michael Leach (Chair, Department of Social Science, Swinburne).
In November 2018, the Swinburne Social Innovation Research Institute held the inaugural Society 4.0 Forum. The forum started a discussion about Society 4.0 and the implications, opportunities and challenges of moving to an intensely data driven economy with automation and AI changing the way we work and make decisions.
The lecture outlines a strategic plan for Australian philanthropy based on greater transparency; pooled funding in key social policy areas; and better articulating the role and scope of philanthropy in civil society. Recorded on 14 November 2013.
In recent years, public and policy interest in social enterprise and its impacts has grown. Yet, little is known about the characteristics and impacts of social enterprise. In February 2017, the Victorian Government launched its first Social Enterprise Strategy. The Strategy seeks to improve and expand on government support for Victorian social enterprises and to position Victoria’s social enterprises as national leaders in driving employment participation and inclusive economic growth. Presented by Dr Erin Castellas on 10th May 2018.
A ten minute presentation on Tissue Engineering and Bioreators by Professor Pauline Doran as part of the Faculty of Life and Social Sciences Datablitz research sessions. DataBlitz on Bodies was held on 28 June 2013.
The soft skills that employers most want in graduates: communication, teamwork, self management, initiative and enterprise, problem solving, technological competence and planning and organisation skills. Recorded 19 April 2013.
The sports digital game is an artefact that aspires towards a completely accurate rendition of sport-as-played. Yet what these products instead present, and re-present, is the sport-as-mediated, and further, the sport-as-spectacle. Though such games position themselves as 'mirrors' held up to the sporting world, they are revealed instead as carnival mirrors, distorting and exaggerating the image to not answer the question "is it true?" but instead "will it sell?". DataBlitz on 'Sport" was held on 27 April 2012.
Swinburne's Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Matthew Bailes explains the transformation of a once-massive star that's been transformed into a small planet made of diamond. Credit: Swinburne Astronomy Productions.
Scheduled one week before the 2014 Victorian state election, the panel tackled several important questions. What is the state of the federation? Are States still necessary in Australia? If so, what leadership skills do we want State local members, Ministers and Premiers to possess? How can we get better candidates in State parliament if all the better candidates are standing for national not State election? This Dialogue featured Prof. Brian Costar (Swinburne Institute for Social Research), Prof. Geoff Gallop (University of Sydney/ex Premier of WA), Fran Bailey, (Former Federal member for McEwen (Vic)) and Prof. George Williams (University of New South Wales). Recorded at Swinburne on 21 November 2014.
One of the greatest scientific discoveries of all times was achieved last week: the first detection of gravitational waves, emitted by a black hole binary. This discovery follows decades of intense work, and opens a new window to the Universe. This talk, for scientists and for non-scientists, is about black hole binaries, and the dawn of gravitational wave astronomy. This talk is about the curious romance of Alice and Bob. Nobody has heard it before, but we can speculate about what happened: how they were born, how they grew, how they first met, and how they finally became one forever. The true story is actually written in space-time, has been traveling across the Universe for more than a billion years, and is reaching Earth now. This is the story of two distant black holes merging into one.
You may be wondering how we can hear it: is there really a way to listen to the voice of space-time? I will endeavour to answer this question, and explain how we attempt to discover new sounds of the Universe that we hav…