For years, our Brave public lecture series tackled the big questions facing society, with leading researchers presenting insights on issues of local, national and global significance. In 2022 and beyond we are proud to bring you a rebranded version of Brave that will continue to tackle a broad range of topics, diving deep into areas such as health, science, politics, the arts, our environment and more, in order to shine an uncompromising light on the issues that affect us all.
In 2021, Flinders University boldly pronounced ‘We are Flinders. We are Fearless’. The move to Fearless recognises that we are one University - all striving to be Fearless in our values and our vision for the future.
That year also saw Brave evolve into a deeper, more inclusive 13-week series – Fearless Conversations. Bringing together industry leaders and our researchers, the new series discussed the challenges that face our world and the opportunities available to South Australia.
In 2022 and beyond, Fearless Conversations will continue to tackle a broad range of topics, diving deep into areas such as health, science, politics, the arts, our environment and more, in order to shine an uncompromising light on the issues that affect us all.
The Fearless Network is made up of a community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about changing lives and the world around them through research and education and conversation.
Becoming a member of the Fearless Network is your chance to get involved. You can help shape conversations that will fearlessly challenge the current rhetoric and dive deep into the issues we face both locally and globally.
Becoming a member of the Fearless Network offers a range of benefits:
Registering for a Fearless Conversations panel discussion will automatically add you to the Fearless Network.
26 October 2021
It’s a Brave New (Virtual) World, and it’s vital we understand it. How has gaming activity changed during the pandemic? Have rates of problem gaming changed? And, how should different stakeholders, including families, schools, health providers, government bodies, and the gaming industry respond? Associate Professor Daniel L. King explored how COVID-19 has affected gaming and problem gaming.
14 September 2021
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety highlighted the need for reform and transformation of the aged care sector. But what happens next? Together, Professor Julie Ratcliffe, Professor Jennifer Tieman and Professor Sue Gordon explored the post-Commission possibilities and directions for aged care from three very different but critical perspectives.
21 July 2021
In this exclusive follow-up BRAVE event we welcome Flinders experts to provide a framework that enables people to make informed decisions about their own vaccination.
2 June 2021
Join Senior Research Fellow Dr Annabelle Wilson as she explores key questions about non-Indigenous leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
5 May 2021
From the crisis in the Capitol to the challenges of COVID-19, to climate change and immigration, a discussion on the initial impact of a very different president – Joe Biden.
12 April 2021
What do we need to survive the rigours of life in space? Based on a study of the International Space Station, space archaeologist Alice Gorman looks at ten artefacts you shouldn’t leave Earth without. Some of them are things you may already have in your own home.
4 March 2021
Flinders' Researchers Associate Professor Jill Carr, Professor Jonathan Craig and Professor Paul Ward discuss the behaviour of the COVID-19 virus, findings from the vaccine trials, the compliance issues and logistics of vaccinating our population, and how we understand vaccine hesitancy.
An online BRAVE miniseries of health, wellbeing and general COVID-19 information to help us all better understand the impact of COVID in a rapidly changing environment.
Each day we’ll be joined live by a Flinders expert for a 45-minute session on everything COVID, such as global and national trends, ways to stay physically healthy, simple guides to maintaining your mental health and wellbeing, ensuring good sleep patterns, how COVID is affecting our climate and more, all wrapped up with other essential information about dealing with the impact of our COVID-19.
Monday November 23 - 1.00—1.45pm
Wednesday November 25 - 1.00—1.45pm
Tuesday November 24 - 12.00—12.45pm
Thursday 26 November - 12.00—12.45pm
Professor Robyn Clark and guest panellists discuss how digital technologies can assist to help patients manage their conditions more easily.
Professor Mike Kyrios talked mental health, wellbeing and resilience building, and the importance of access to trusted information.
Prof Rebecca Golley discussed childhood obesity prevention, nutrition, and how to getter better nutrition onto kids’ plates.
Professor Don DeBats discussed the multiple factors that may influence the US elections in November 2020.
Professor Sarah Wendt and Associate Professor Kristin Natalier discussed women and children's experience of homelessness.
Professor Sally Robinson, and Mikaila Crotty from Purple Orange discussed how we can build safer lives for people with disability.
Professor John Spoehr discussed COVID-19 and the world's largest 'work from home' experiment.
Professor John Long discussed his thesis that big steps in human evolution took place well before fishes left the water to invade land.
Professor Alison Kitson presented on the fundamentals of care and other important care-related aged care issues.
Professor Craig Simmons discussed the drivers for future water quality and quantity globally, and how we can address these challenges.
Professor Danny Eckert presented on strategies to improve health through the science of sleep.
Our panel of researchers discussed why it took 14 years for Henry Keogh's murder conviction to be overturned.
Associate Professor Anna Ziersch discussed research on health and wellbeing for people from refugee or asylum-seeking backgrounds.
Associate Professor Kim Devery discussed how clinicians can improve the quality of end-of-life care to benefit patients and their families.
Professor Corey Bradshaw discussed the climate-change and extinction crisis we find ourselves facing, and what we can do to help.
Professor Phillip Slee presented insights into the effective implementation of anti-bullying programs in schools.
Leading researcher, Professor Bogda Koczwara, discussed the research behind a healthy lifestyle to avoid cancer.
Professor Sarah Wendt explored domestic and family violence, raising questions about the future of the workforce involved.
Dr Jackie Wright showcased research into the ill-health caused by living in a home previously contaminated by methamphetamine.
Award-winning researcher, Dr Justin Chalker, presented how he has converted waste into new polymers that benefit the environment.
Flinders University Professor Alison Kitson presented an update on AI applications in the health sector.
A discussion on the mental and physical effects of perfect body aspirations and the ‘fitspiration’ movement.
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