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The University's Events Calendar promotes a range of virtual public events from lectures and seminars to exhibitions and performances. Staff with an '@unimelb' email address can submit an event to the Events Calendar once your account has been established. If you are a new user,  you can request access via this form.

If you would like to feature an MGSE event on this page, please use the MGSE submission form.

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If you plan events as part of your role, consider joining UoM's Events Network. Receive updates, advice and connections to support services via the monthly bulletin. You'll also be invited to community of practice meetings and professional development sessions. If you wish to join the network, send a request to unimelb-events@unimelb.edu.au and include your details.

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The University of Melbourne Live at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Date: Wednesday 31 March
Time: 8pm


Join the Faculty of Fine Arts for a free series of open-air concerts by the leading large ensembles from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, including the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony. For any enquiries contact: fineartsmusic-er@unimelb.edu.au.

Art Forum: Grace Lillian Lee

Date: Thursday 1 April
Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm


Tomorrow's Art Forum, co-presented by the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Reconciliation Network, will be presented online. In this session, multicultural artist Grace Lillian Lee, a proud descendant of the Miriam Mer people of the eastern islands of the Torres Strait, will explore her lineage and identity through the traditional art of weaving.

Final weeks of Awaken Exhibition

Opening hours: 10am - 4pm
Dates in March and April: Thursday 1 April

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The Arts West Gallery and Awaken exhibition at Parkville campus will be re-opening for a short time for a final few weeks in March.

World Autism Acceptance Day virtual morning tea

Date: Thursday 1 April
Time: 10.30am - 11am

Join via Zoom

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education would like to invite you to participate in a 'Go Yellow' for Autism virtual morning tea for World Autism Acceptance Day.  Show your support for colleagues and students on the autism spectrum by wearing something yellow and enjoying morning tea together.  There will be some short presentations, including one from the Yellow Ladybugs, a non-profit organisation that supports Autistic girls, women, and gender diverse individuals.

Download the poster for more information.

Relational ethical impulse amidst colonial violence

Date: Wednesday 7 April
Time: 12pm - 1 pm


This webinar is the second in the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration's 2021 Critical Public Conversations series: Exploring Indigenous Settler Relations. Associate Professor Morgan Brigg and Dr Mary Graham discuss how relationalism is a central conceptual and practical feature of Aboriginal political ordering.

Seventeenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society

Date: Thursday 8 - Friday 9 April

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In April 2021 the seventeenth International Conference is brought together by a shared interest in the complex relationships between technology, knowledge and society. The conference theme will focus on Considering Viral Technologies: Pandemic-Driven Opportunities and Challenges.

Teaching and Learning Conference 2021

Call for Abstracts - close Monday 12 April

This year The University of Melbourne Teaching and Learning Conference will explore the theme: Transitioning to COVID-normal: Developing a new ecosystem for teaching, learning and assessment. The conference will be held online from 1-2 June 2021.

University academic and professional staff are invited to submit abstracts for presentations to be delivered at the conference.

The themes of the 2021 conference are:

  • Assessment and feedback
  • Dual delivery and what next?
  • Engaging students
  • Innovation in online teaching and learning

Proposed sessions can be in any format, including live papers and presentations, pre-recorded videos, simulations, etc., or a mix of these. The sessions will be programmed in three parallel streams.

Proposers are encouraged to be creative in their mode of presentation so as to enhance their impact and stimulate discussion. Whatever the format, the proposed session should be no longer than 15 minutes and include an interactive element.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the 2021 Conference Committee against the following criteria:

  • Contribution to scholarship and/or practice
  • Relevance to the University beyond own context
  • Alignment with the conference themes.

Please submit your abstract via the online form and ensure you include the following details:

  • Your full name, position, academic division, copresenters and contact details
  • Title, theme you will address and technology you plan to use or showcase in your presentation
  • Brief (max. 300 words) abstract outlining your contribution

Abstract submission form

Save the date 1-2 June 2021 in your diary for the conference. The full conference program and speakers will be announced soon.

MGSE Talks

Date: Thursday 15 April
Time: 11am - 12.3pm
Venue: Q230


Hear from Lindsay Oades about the research from the Centre for Wellbeing Science and Melitta Hogarth who will talk about the 'cite a blackfella project', Blak'Ed and the priorities around the 2021 Divisional Indigenous Development Plan.

Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody - 30 years on

Date: Thursday 15 April
Time: 6pm - 7pm


Senator Patrick Dodson, the Commissioner in the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, will discuss his experiences and outcomes of the Commission, 30 years on. In this special event, contributing to the University's reconciliation conversation. Thursday 15 April 2021, 6pm-7pm, via Zoom.

Supporting Schools in a time of COVID-19

Date: Modules running until Friday 16 April


Supporting Schools in a time of COVID-19 (SSCOVID) is an online professional learning opportunity for primary classroom teachers and education staff, consisting of a series of modules and live webinars.

The modules have been developed to assist primary school educators to support their students’ mental health and wellbeing during and following COVID-19 and can be accessed and completed at times that suit the educator.

Retiring, but not shy

Date: Tuesday 20 April
Time: 12.45pm - 2pm


Australian Universities and their peak body, Universities Australia, are routinely criticised as politically inept and policy-illiterate. In fact, their difficulties are partly self-inflicted, and partly inherent. At the heart of their challenge is the reality that elite Universities never have accepted the expansion of the system, and would reverse it if they could, creating an insoluble conflict of interests. This particularly is played out in the unending controversy around the indispensability of research to a body claiming to be a University. All this has served to distract Universities from such vital issues as their own academic autonomy and role in society. A misunderstanding of the principal public goods produced by Universities has resulted in the predictably disastrous over-reliance on international markets. All this requires Universities to be particularly adept in influencing government policy, which has not occurred in the case of recent conservative governments. Universities are in denial about the reasons they cannot make headway with non-progressive politicians.

Dean's Lecture Series 2021 -
Creating dynamic cultures in education post COVID-19

Presented by Professor Emeritus Fazal Rizvi

Date: Wednesday 21 April
Time: 5.45pm
Venue: TBC


The crisis surrounding COVID-19 has enabled us to rethink a range of assumptions about education. It has shown various new ways in which the world is globally interconnected and interdependent, even when the physical mobility of people is restricted. Various cross-border communication systems have enabled people to stay in touch with friends and family, and have even consolidated, extended, and developed relationships in spaces that are appositely characterised as transnational. As new technological innovations continue to emerge, new cultural formations have become possible. In this talk, Professor Emeritus Fazal Rizvi will consider some of the possibilities for intercultural learning that these developments have opened in schools and communities, in the production of creative and dynamic cultural practices.

Theodore Fink Memorial Seminar in Australian Education 2021 -
Workers in search of an education: past, present, future.

Date: Wednesday 28 April
Time: 7pm


Labour historian Professor Verity Burgmann and union educator Max Ogden bring their collective knowledge of Australian workers’ lives to explore the myriad ways workers have sought to educate themselves outside of formal institutions of learning. They will discuss everything from radical soapbox lectures, autodidacticism and union training to global, web-based learning communities, in a free-wheeling conversation moderated by teacher-researcher Dr Alice Garner.